How Do You Decide What Video Games Your Kids Can Play?
Clive Thompson over at Wired's Games Without Frontiers asks the question how is the generation of Dads who grew up playing video games making decisions about what video games to let their kids play?
I like the "Lego Rule" strategy offered to Clive by Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson,
The Lego Company, it seems, has a policy of not producing toys that replicate 20th century weapons. "You can have swords, and you can have laser guns in space, but no actual 20th century guns," Anderson says. So his four children can play games like Halo, since it contains only futuristic, fantasy war, where you're killing only green- or blue-blooded aliens. The same goes for Roman swordplay titles. "But it clearly walls off Grand Theft Auto."
And like Clive, I'm worried, too, about the problem of video game addiction. Maybe, as a sometime gamer, I'll be better equipped to help my son to avoid video game addiction. Certainly, it is important to limit video game time for any age child and to help them understand how to properly prioritize video games within other responsibilities and interests.
For those of you interested in this topic, also see the comments for Clive's post.