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Old 04-05-2007, 12:59 PM
 
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I regret that I found this thread so late.

Video games promote hand-eye coordination, fluid intellegence development (reactive problem solving ability), computer trouble shooting, Visual reaction time improvement, Team and/or individual strategy, typing ability, pattern recognition, etc etc. These are all very important life skills in my opinion.

I make all of my money based on my fluid intellegence especially with regards to technology, and I developed that skill through hours of video game playing.

All the same bad scary stuff that video games cause were said about Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swing music, Rock and Roll, Comic books, etc.

There are great games which inspire thought, creativity, challenge traditional thought processes and launch you into another plane of reactive, imersive problem solving. There are mind-numbing games that leave you drooling on the couch. Most of the "Educational" games I have played or seen fall under the mind numbing category. Most of the "Player's choice" games that I have played fall under the stimulating category.

I think that is one of the main reasons why people hate games... they say "ok we will try the safe educational ones" and they are crap.
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Oh No! You raised the beast from the dead!


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I think that is one of the main reasons why people hate games... they say "ok we will try the safe educational ones" and they are crap.
That is my ds' opinion!

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Hey, the Humongous Games are marketed as "educational," and they're fantastic! Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, et al. I've been known to keep playing Freddi Fish after my daughter has wandered off, because I just have to figure out how to get the royal guard to give me the butter knife I need to tickle the oyster and get the pearl, or what have you.
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I'm not trying to resurrect a dead discussion, but just wanted to add a link I saw on the Mothering main page about children and chess. You can still be AP and teach your young child to play chess. There was no mention about the purported link between chess and poor social skills.
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I don't know if the OP will ever wander back here. But I've been thinking about this thread and wondering something. Is there something about your husband (or his gaming buddies) that makes you think his development was compromised by videogames when he was young? And if so, have you discussed this with him? A conversation like that could go either way -- he could take it as concern for him or he could be totally insulted. But if there is something about him that you think is attributable to gaming, it should probably get discussed now.
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