As the years have gone by more and more video games have come out. Super Mario at one point was the most popular game out there now these days it's games like Halo or World of Warcraft. Whether you prefer to play PC games or console games (Xbox, Play Station, etc) there's a game out there for everyone. My problem though isn't finding a game that I enjoy. It's hearing all this negative comments about how games are what are making children these days so violent or over weight.
You might as well be saying that this kind of music is making my child think a certain way. You could even go as far as saying that the movies coming out like Star Wars VII or the Avengers is doing the same thing. Games aren't what are making kids more violent these days. The soul responsibility lies with the parents. Pay attention to the age recommendations listed on a game for starters. There is a reason you find ratings on games like MA. Give your children age appropriate games if you're worried about them becoming easily swayed by a game to act a certain way. If you're truly worried that your child is going to act a certain way after playing a video game then don't let them play it. Make sure their friends parents are aware that your child isn't allowed to play this game. Stop blaming the video games for your child acting out. It is your fault in the end because you didn't set limitations for your child.
True there are quite a lot of games out there that have violence in them but there are quite a lot that don't have violence in them. For example the game Portal is actually a very successful console game that is a puzzle game with a back story to it. Even a lot of the Kinect games are ones that promote team work and fitness. I have gone to parties were we all had a blast playing Kinect games and since we were moving we actually got some exercise out of it too. I have a niece and nephew that play only WII games like Super Mario Brothers and they always seem to have fun. The biggest thing I do notice is that their parents limit the time they spend playing video games. They actually give them time on video games for each chore that they finish. As much as I like playing my video games making sure your child doesn't spend hours upon hours playing games is a must. When they are an adult they can make that decision of how much they play themselves. As a parent it's your responsibility to make sure that your child does more than make a dent on the couch. Get them involved in clubs or after school activities. Don't let your child just waste away putting on pound after pound because you couldn't tell them "no more video games". Your child won't have a weight problem or possible diabetes if you make sure they are actually active as well as eat right.
Rather than blaming video games for the way your child is try looking in the mirror. Are you bothering to check what kind of games your child is playing? Are you bothering to make sure they have a limit of how long they can play? If you answered no to both of these questions then you can only blame yourself. You can only blame yourself if you feel that your child is violent. You can only blame yourself if your child can't do anything else but sit in front of the television gaining weight. It's not that hard to tell your child turn off the game or that they can't play that game.