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Postby Warpigs » Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:21 am

I covered a number of these reasons in a new column located here:

http://www.dailyitem.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061126/SPORTS/611260321

Thought it may stir up a little debate.
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Postby hastur » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:01 am

You'll get no arguement from me.

Bravo! ;-D
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Postby Goatwhacker » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:50 am

Nice article, although I don't see anything wrong with kids playing video games AND doing outdoor activities.

I guess I'll play Devil's advocate a bit. A good parent will keep their kids from playing excessively violent or sexual video games, besides some parents would regard playing paintball or going hunting as violent activities in themselves.

It's really an extension of the age-old "stop watching TV/playing video games/playing on the computer and go outside!". I would guess cave parents yelled at their kids to stop drawing on the cave wall and go outside and play.

Your point about passing fads is well taken, though. I would be half-inclined to avoid a Playstation 3 for no other reason but because of the hysteria surrounding it.
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Postby DelhommesFan1 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:31 am

that was a good read...personally i have the same feeling.

growing up in the woods, i have so many memories of doing stuff out there...i dont see why kids would miss that to say they beat whatever game...just personal preferance tho
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Postby Verdun Barbarians » Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:21 pm

These reasons are pretty good too!
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Postby Free Bagel » Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:47 pm

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?


Replace with...

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.
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Postby aldridg6in » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:06 pm

I've got to say that I basically agree with Bagel on this one. I'm probably not going to buy a PS3 or XBox 360 because I'm growing out of that gaming stage, but I don't think there's anything wrong with playing video games. In college we all played healthy doses of Madden and other games and still found the time to study, play lots of basketball, play football out in the quad, party, etc. etc. I still own a PS2 and at the same time own a YMCA membership. Video games aren't solely responsible for the decline of outdoor activities.
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Postby Metroid » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:08 am

aldridg6in wrote: Video games aren't solely responsible for the decline of outdoor activities.


Nope, personal computers and fantasy football is. :-B

oh yeah and internet porn. :-b
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Postby NittanyLions » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:16 am

Just my little 2 cents. They had video games in my childhood. I played outside as much as any one, it didn't stop me. I think it's the parents' responsibility to limit their child.
That said, I got a 360 last Christmas. I've now realized making my parents spend 400 on a system I barely find time for is ridiculous. I own 2 games: Madden 07 an dHalo 2. I will probably get Gears of War. Online makes it fun, but still. It always makes me think I'm wasting time, and I don't get enough out of it. It does have a lot to offer though, and maybe someday I'll fall in love with it. I've actually considered a Wii, not too pricy and pretty neat, but 2 consoles is a little much. :-?
That's off-topic, I'm a senior in HS, and I find enough time for study and I would much rather go play some bball or football. It's just something I do when I have some free time, I'm not a hardcore gamer. That being said, they are fine, as long as you don't cross that line. :-)
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Postby aaawall91 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:54 am

Will there be a Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii waiting for your children under the Christmas tree this year? If so, may I ask why?

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?


Couple of quick things, the Wii is only $250, and comes playable with some things right out of the box, But you would need to buy 5 games to break $500.

And right now my udnerstanding (from business class) is the next release date is around 2011 for the next gen systems.
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