Its half term. The weather is pants. DS had a friend round and they spent the time glued to the X-box
then I thought back
at that age we spent the whole of half term slobbed around monopoly or escape from colditz or something equally involving, lying on the living room floor hour after hour barely moving a muscle as the rain drummed down ...
YANBU. I have no problem with games - they involve problem solving and an element of role play and they're fun and exciting. People seem to disapprove out of some sort of principle - it's computer gaming so it has to be wrong. But many of them are witty and challenging and multi-player, so it doesn't mean your child is slumped alone in a sad little world. I play lots with the DCs.
BF and I were playing some ridiculous game (bad piggies) the other day - we sat for hours trying to work out how to get through the levels. We demonstrated communication skills, team work, problem solving skills, co-operation and compromise - all in all very educational
I also think it's fine. My DS who's 14 now gets a game and of course he's going to want to max it out, it's normal. If however they just do that day in day out then it's a problem, other than that it really isn't. DS had Call of Duty from the age of 12 (it's an 18) and he hasn't turned into a mass murder or not that i know of yet
Personally I never understand why so many people are so het up over the age rating of a game. I let my 11 year old play COD and MW3. He's played it since he was 10 and so far hasn't tried to garrotte me with the controller cable, nor has he tried to take out his step brother with the dinner knife.
I don't mind the age ratings being there but personally I see them as a guide rather than some set in stone limit. Surely I know my child better than the government do?
It's not about computer games per se but the amount of time we let them play on them for. It would be just as bad to allow your child to play football for 8 hours a day outside as it is to let them vegetate in front of the box.