Family gaming a waste of time? We sure don’t think so

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It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time when it was commonplace for the whole family to sit around the kitchen table with a board game like Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders, and spend fun-filled episodes of quality time with one another. 

Some would say that times are different now. Families find themselves increasingly busier than ever, and setting aside time to game just doesn’t seem to have the priority it once commanded. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Times (as well as personal tastes) do change, but some things stay the same.

MSNBC has an interesting write-up concerning the modern version of “game time” that some parents are sharing with their kids. The technology may be newer, but the bonding experience can still be found. Critics may scoff at the idea, saying that among other things, videogames are the reason for alarming rates of childhood obesity, as well as serving as the catalyst for the ultimate destruction of the family and society for that matter — but we all know better than that.

Like anything else in life, moderation is key. Parents have every right to place limits on when and what games their children play, but to write them off completely might be another case of cutting off one’s nose despite their face. Many of us have fond memories of playing games together with the ones we love, whether it be Combat, Adventure, Super Mario Bros 3, or even something more recent such as Halo 3. Yes, even single player games can be enjoyed by more than person, if you do it right. You know what? None of us are any the worse for wear because of it. In fact, you might even say that it brings us much joy.

The point is that the next time you see little Johnny or Jill sitting in front the TV, joystick and hand and mesmerized by the action on-screen, you just might find that opportunity to prove that family gaming is still alive and well.


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