Just was watching television while eating breakfast and watched an extremely disturbing commercial. A mother and her three children were in a family room and the mother was saying something about how she thought her son was going to take it harder when he was beat by his little sister .... at a video game. Then the commercial goes on to say Walmart helps make great family moments and advertises the Wii.
So great family moments include just playing video games now? Staring at a screen and numbing your mind to the point that you get to beat your bigger brother? This seems so wrong to me on so many levels.
To say I really dislike video games is the understatement of the century; I loathe them. I feel they kill your creativity and numb your mind. Some might argue playing video games help you build strategical skills, which may be, but the majority of games I have come across aren't exactly building brain power.
One aspect I absolutely can't stand is how usually playing video games isolates someone. It is really difficult to carry on a conversation with someone who is playing a game.
I'm not going to kid myself though, I will be raising a child sometime in the next ten years so I am going to grapple with how to handle the whole video game situation. As of now I am against having a gaming system in the home, but if I have a child who wants it I might have to reconsider.