Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
- Feb 14, 2004
Mutahar's take on it.
TL;DR: Exert some parental responsibility!!
He summed it up right here:
"Learn to take those games away and actually sit down and talk to them."
I think there are like, 4 stages:
1. Kids are kids. It's the parent's responsibility to manage their kids. There are LOTS of addictive things out there: gambling, drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc. It's the parent's job to manage both overall exposure & frequency of exposure, whether it's candy or video games or anything really.
2. Kids like candy, whether it's real candy or brain candy. Given the choice, they're going to play video games instead of doing their homework or their chores.
3. Games are literally designed to be addictive. In the software world, we literally have a step-by-step manual for how to create addiction through software. Childhood gambling addiction is disguised as lootbox & microtransaction addiction. Free-to-play games are designed for perpetual interaction. There's an entire psychology model behind freemium games. All kinds of companies use "dark patterns" to create deceptive designs.
4. Some kids literally have an addictive personality. This is a different subset than kids playing video games instead of getting their work done first & is also different from addiction mechanics that suck you in, but that you're not actually addicted to.
I do agree with Mutahar that there should be legislation about what kids get exposed to, especially in terms of addiction mechanics, but how that would actually play out in the real world, I mean...plenty of parents expose their kids to adult-rated games without thinking twice about it, so the onus is really on the parents first to control what their kids are exposed to, rather than pulling the victim card to sue the video game companies. Like in this story:
The parents are alleging that Epic Games intentionally developed Fortnite to be “highly addictive.”
"Three parents sued Epic Games for getting their children addicted to its popular video game “Fortnite,” leading their kids to stop sleeping, eating and showering."
Here's a novel idea: TAKE AWAY THE VIDEO GAMES! YOU ARE THE PARENTS! Remove the gaming systems from the house! You have the power to do that!! That's like giving kids vape pens every week & then suing the companies for creating addictive products! OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE ADDICTING! I feel like George Carlin needs to do a bit on this lol.