Video Games
By Farij Abbas

January 2007
Video games became 35 years old in 2007. It started with a simple video game called “ping-pong” and it led to what became a multi-billion dollar world wide industry. Now as we enter the year 2008, games are more advanced with better graphics and better systems such as PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. But now it’s not the systems that matter as much, it’s the game. I once went to a friends’ house and he suggested we go play PS2. So we went upstairs and I recommended we play a sport game which has no violence but he told me that was baby stuff. He slid in a game called Grand Theft Auto (GTA), San Andréa and that’s when it hit me. How could parents buy children systems to play with and not supervise what they are playing or even ask their children about the games they are playing? In this game it said that it was rated M for Mature but obviously the parents did not read the game to see what was involved. The game, GTA San Andréa, involved guns, course language, stripers, gangs, violence, women being degraded, and a lot of theft especially car theft. If parents do not take action and they let their children play such games then the children’s habits may alter because they may be influenced by what they are constantly seeing and playing. If they stay in front of a screen playing games all-day long then I wouldn’t be surprised if the game became their life. I do play video games but I play games with no violence or anything like San Andréa, for example NBA live 2008 or sonic rivals. This isn’t actually the child’s fault it is the parents fault for they are careless of what their own children play.
I started to play PS2 when I was 10 because my parents thought I would be careless of what I played when I was younger and that was a great decision. Sometimes young children are influenced by the people and popular games around them. But if you are a parent and you are reading this, it is not too late so get up and go look at what your child/children are playing and if they have GTA throw it out and get them games with no violence, no guns, no stripers, no gangs of anything including the mafia, degrading women, course language, and theft. Once all of this is done, parents should limit their children’s playing time.

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