Video games are more main stream now than they have ever been. Gamers aren’t just nerds and geeks. Even the elderly are gaming. Due to the surge in gaming popularity, the media has sought to bash games as mindless and not educational. They knock on gaming as a waste of time and the cause of anger issues in children. And just when this young industry takes a step forward in becoming accepted by society, some idiot goes and screws it up.
I read an article this week about a 20 year old gamer who got upset at his son for crying while he was playing a game. The guy was so angry he shook the 3 week old baby and swore at him. Later that night, after coming home from work, the baby woke up crying and the man held the baby while the mother prepared a bottle. He fell asleep with the baby in his arms. When he woke up, the baby was bleeding. At the hospital, the baby was pronounced dead.
I’m going to be a first-time father in about 5 months and reading this story made me sick to my stomach. I could never imagine hurting my child over something as trivial as a video game. This was a 3 week old child. How screwed up is this man’s priorities that he chose video games over his baby? Why is he procreating? The same example happened just a couple years ago. When Farmville became a hit, a mother shook her child because the 3 month old was interrupting her gaming. And this sort of thing is happening way too often. Which is why I feel the need to give some advice to gaming parents: from one gamer to another, get your head right. Don’t put video games before your child.
This is still a young industry and one that I’m happy to be a part of. It is an industry I want to protect. If you like playing video games, even if it’s casually, you need to do it responsibly. If your baby is crying, put the damn controller down and be a parent. There will come a time when your kid is grown up enough that you can take time to play video games (maybe even together!~Ed. Note – Jeremy). Until that time, act like a friggin’ adult or don’t have kids. I don’t think these people realize the harm they are causing. You take an innocent life because you can’t stand being a parent. Not to mention, then the game gets blamed for the idiotic action you took. The news media just loves it when video games can be blamed for something this severe.
Video games don’t hurt kids. Video games don’t hurt anyone. Irresponsibility and being messed up in the head hurts people. Activist groups and politicians and the news media are always so quick to blame video games for the ills of the world. Did they ever stop to think that maybe they need to look at the parents? Wait, more importantly, do they ever stop to think period? Like I said before, if you can’t handle being a parent, and that means putting your child before everything else in the world, then you should not be having kids. If you put video games first and have the gall to do any sort of harm to your child, there’s a special kind of hell for people like you.
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