Survey: Nearly every kid a video gamer

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Rowdy Rob
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This is a news article that says, basically, that pretty much every modern kid, males and females, play video games in one form or another!

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D937U9BO1&show_article=1

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Yeah, I know plenty of

Yeah, I know plenty of parents who have adopted a strict "NO GAMING, NO TV" policy in their homes. They want kids to read books, play outside, etc. I can understand it to a point. I didn't play games all the time when I was a kid, even though I access to great games computers. I'd play with toys, play outside, etc., quite a bit. Even when I was older I frequently read books and talked to friends as well as play computer games. I can't really imagine this panic about kids who literally do nothing but sit in front of a console all day, everyday.

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Rowdy Rob
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Accuracy?
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Interesting article, particularly this line, "In fact, 7 percent of those surveyed said they didn't have a computer at home, but did have a game console, such as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation, Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox or Nintendo Co.'s Wii. " I think that has to be the ignorance of the parents than anything. Perhaps they're computer phobic or something?

I guess this ties into a previous discussion we were having in another thread.... I won't push it here. But I think the "7 percent of those surveyed said they didn't have a computer at home" figure is actually quite low. I know a few families that don't have either a console or computer at home, even though they can afford it. Considering the fact that arcades are pretty much dead nowadays, it seems their kids have few, if any, video game outlets. Being computer/gaming "illiterate" adults, they don't seem to place electonic entertainment as a priority for their kids (at least in my neck of the redneck woods).

On top of that, I know many people who have computers, but don't use them for videogames. To be honest, I wonder how accurate that survey is, even though I do believe that at least most male kids play video games at least occasionally (I dunno about females).

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Bill Loguidice
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Parents and videogames

Interesting article, particularly this line, "In fact, 7 percent of those surveyed said they didn't have a computer at home, but did have a game console, such as Sony Corp.'s PlayStation, Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox or Nintendo Co.'s Wii. " I think that has to be the ignorance of the parents than anything. Perhaps they're computer phobic or something? I can't see how you can't even have one computer in the house, yet have a console front and center. Of course the article also used the older "PlayStation" rather than PlayStation 2 or 3, and "Xbox" instead of Xbox 360, while using Wii instead of GameCube or something, so who knows what other facts were misinterpreted or stated incorrectly.

I know my three year old (she'll be four in November) plays on her DS all the time, and my one year old (going on two this month) constantly wants to try (she was given a used DS by a friend of my wife's, which she promptly broke (I'll have to try and fix it)). I just think there's something inherently appealing about videogames, regardless of age group. There are an infinite number of ways, thanks to the diversity of software, for this to appeal to everyone. It makes me wonder why in fact in the article that 100% of boys and girls don't play videogames, at least sometimes. Do parents forbid it? I'd also like to know of what that roughly 3% who don't play videogames do in regards to computers. Are they forbidden from using those too? Lots for further exploration from that article.



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