I don't mean to sound like a jerk as it is a very well written article, but I don't think the points made really have much merit, and it all comes off as one of those utopian "kids should play outdoors, no one should eat ice cream or fried chicken, and we should all say gosh darnit when we're angry" type things.
Case in point...
Is paying over $500 on a video game system (not to mention the money you'll be shelling out for games, extra controllers, memory cards, etc.) a worthy investment, especially considering that in a year or two, the system will become an also-ran when Playstation 4 or X-box 483 1/2 hits the shelves?
Is paying over $1000 on a computer (not to mention the money you'll be shelling out for input devices, a printer, scanner, software, etc) a worthy investment, especially considering that in a year or two the system will become an also-ran when 8 core processors hit shelves?
Seeing as how the article was typed up, I'm guessing you do in fact own a computer...
The same comparison could also be made for cars or HDTV's. Many expensive commercial products depreciate and become old tech quickly. Such is the nature of capitalism and our fast moving economy.
(Also worth noting is that the "year or two" statement in regards the PS4/Xbox 483 is exceedingly ignorant to the gaming scene as a system's shelf-life is generally at LEAST 5 years. This (huge) oversight falls in line with the way the rest of the article comes off, which is that it is written by someone that really has little knowledge/experience with the issue they're writing about, and really kills all credibility when read by anyone who does in fact have more knowledge/experience with the subject.)
Do you really want to encourage your children to spend countless extra hours glued to the television screen, while, at times, questionable themes of violence, sexuality and invincibility are streamlined into their brains? How much imagination do the new systems inspire?
We live in one of the richest natural environments in the country. We have access to incredible trout streams, rustic campgrounds, beautiful hiking trails and numerous other outdoor resources that can boost a youth's activity level, imagination and appreciation. Getting your children outdoors introduces them to plentiful wildlife and an environment that engages their need to explore and learn.
I was a pretty avid videogame player in my youth. In a shocking series of events I also went on plenty of hikes, played basketball or football with friends nearly every day, was in dozens of youth sports leagues, held down several jobs, and yes even found my way to the occassional campground a handful of times.
My parents never purchased a video game system.
As mentioned above, this is obvious about 2 paragraphs through the article
All in all, the article does what it intends to, all the while unnecessarily insulting videogames as some kind of evil and giving off a vibe of a perfect world (just in my opinion, I'm sure there are others that read it differently). To give a relevant analogy, I saw the article probably the same way you'd read about one of those articles about how fantasy football is evil because it inspires gambling, doesn't inspire loyalty in people (rooting for your FF players over your team, etc) all the while rolling your eyes going crazy happy as your favorite team scores a touchdown against your fantasy defense and knowing that the guy writing it probably doesn't even have any experience with fantasy football.
Hope this didn't come off as harsh, I usually love your stuff, just the way the article read to me.