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Hillary vs. the XBox: Game Over

  • Senator, would your probe of video games also take a look at the substantial benefits they can provide?


  • http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-johnson27jul27,0,1432940.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

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    gnomedude
    Jul. 27th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
    Games
    I agree

    Now where did I put that PS1 controler?
    musicmutt
    Jul. 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
    at the risk of opening a can of worms...
    I have to say the whole idea of video games honing skills that will be needed in the "digital world of tomorrow" and virtually managing a football franchise is somewhat silly. Okay, so watching sports as opposed to learning the corporate America bottom line game; Which is healthier? Irrelevant. I think the bigger issue with kids playing video games is that they aren't getting out and exercising enough. Obesity, diabetes and other health complications arising as a result of kids not eating properly and not exercising enough are rampant in the western world. One of the big variables is that they can't be dragged away from their computers and Xboxes enough to keep themselves physically fit. Okay, so maybe watching sports all the time can be unhealthy. But, what about actually PLAYING sports? Interacting with other kids, making friends, getting a little fresh air and exercise? This is a bad thing?
    bardiclug
    Jul. 27th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
    Re: at the risk of opening a can of worms...
    Absolutely not a bad thing.

    I'm more of a proponent of balance in kids activities. Too much of any one thing is bad, including sports, video games, tv, you name it.

    But, I believe the Senator is not trying to draw correlations between Physical Activity and Video Games. Her goal, IN MY OPINION, is to find evidence that video games are abnormally harmful to young minds. The government of the US has been trying to do this for a while, and this is just another $90 Million USD attempt.

    Video games are not inherently evil. And companies have the right to make and sell what they want, within the guidelines set up to do so (rating and such). Rockstar is in trouble because they essentially lied about the content of the disk. Yes, they turned it off in code, but it was still there, still shipped. The "Hot Coffee" mod made it visible, but didn't create it to begin with. So they should be punished for that.

    But this doesn't mean video games are "evil" and corrupting our youth. Corruption of the young dates back long before electricity. We, as humans, were killing each other in much larger numbers long before video games existed. Games don't create the problem, and it's that attitude among our (US) lawmakers that ticks me off. As this author points out, there are many other correlating factors. Are they real correlations? Who knows, but they are there. There is evidence that playing agressive sports makes some players aggressive off the field, and prone to violence and criminal acts. So should we tell our kids to stop playing football?

    So now they will spend 90 Million tax dollars to try to come up with evidence that supports their pre-arrived belief that video games are bad and need to be governmentally controlled. And it's all baloney.

    musicmutt
    Jul. 28th, 2005 04:41 am (UTC)
    Oh, I would agree. All things in moderation. But, I think there is a frightening reduction in physical activity and we are feeling the pinch. As I say, video games are not entirely to blame, but I think they are a factor. I agree, too, that what you point out as baloney, is, in fact, baloney.
    folkmew
    Jul. 28th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
    And - when I was visiting Mike and Gwen their kids loved this video game that had a foot pad thingy and you danced along in intricate steps to the music you selected. I tried it - it was HARD and I tried one of the easiest levels. I watched Amanda and Gavin going at it and was amazed at how fast and smoothly they did it. They get a serious work out doing it. That's why it is the one video game that isn't rationed out at their house.

    Interesting.

    I agree - balance is the key.
    gnomedude
    Jul. 28th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
    Easy target
    I remember when there where studies out that said if us kids watched too much TV we would have violent tendancies. I think the gaming hobbies are just a very visible target.
    Are computer games totaly blameless? No, but I dont think they should be scrutinized the way they are.

    It amazes me that with all the honest problems in the nation that if fixed, would benifit everybody, they gotta once again waste their money on a study that (I belive) will gain nothing but more votes to keep the sponsering politicians in office.

    Just a simple veiw from a simple person
    Hmmm ... I know I left that controler around here somewhere .........*
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