At work lately, during our down time, we have been playing a lot of Modern Warfare 3. Unless you live in a box, you know what I’m talking about. It can be quit addicting, something my brother knows all about. The kid NEVER stops playing! Let me give you a typical day in the life of my brother, who I’d like to mention is 20 (soon to be 21).
He wakes up, turns on his computer and xBox. He doesn’t even go eat or anything, literally rolls out of bed and turns on the electronics. He starts playing MW3 and doesn’t stop. He might take the occasional break to run downstairs and grab food or a soda, but then straight back to the game. He’s got his computer next to him, opened on World of Warcraft, playing that in between games. The kid literally sits there ALL DAY! (He clearly didn’t get the ADHD genes I did.) Finally, sometime after midnight, usually between 3-5am he goes to bed. Then back up between 7-8am to start playing MW3 again. Don’t get me wrong, from time to time he will turn the xBox off to go to dinner with his dad (only because dad buys whatever he wants) and he’ll turn on a movie or watch the sports channel, but that’s it…that’s his life. The kid has no job, failed out of college…he’s going no where.
Now, I love playing Call of Duty! But I have to play it in big groups because I can’t stay focused, I have to keep passing the controller. I really don’t know how he can play that long. Even several kids at work do it. I guess to each is own. But after watching my brother grow up, I know I’ll be raising my kids differently. They will spend more time outside like I did and less time on video games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not banning them from video games, but they will not have a tv or system in their room. Time will be limited. I want my kids to grow up like I did, playing outside no matter what. The street lights were your sign that it was time to go in. Playing games with friends, soccer, baseball, kickball, wiffle ball, tag, hide’n’seek, flashlight tag…boy I miss those days! I miss the simplicity of being a kid! And I think anyone my age will agree…we sure do miss those days!
If it’s a crappy day, like it is here, I will be inside getting my ass kicked on xBox, if you care to join my name is Squirt3387.