Debate of the Day: How Much Do You/Will You Let Your Kids Game?

I feel old asking this question, but I’m getting to the age where I’m far closer to having kids than being one. Granted that’s a long ways off still, but hey, I thought we’d engage some of the non 19-year old readers of our site today. Though if you’re 19 and have a kid who’s old enough to play video games, mad props.

I guess I wonder how life works when people who are gamers themselves start raising kids. Like I can play a few hours a day since I’m an adult and my formative years have passed, but for my theoretical kids? I don’t know. I kind of want to strictly limit media time for them to avoid brain rotting like my parents did for me. Granted, perhaps thats why I rebelled and started doing this for a living….but that’s beside the point.

But I also think that playing games with your kids is probably a good way to bond with them as well. Like my parents aren’t from a generation that grew up with games, but we are, and I think it could be a new way of connecting joining the old school “throw a ball around in a yard” activity and others like it.

Separate but related question. When do you let your kid start playing more “adult” games. Like do they need to be 13 to start playing “T” titles or 17 for “M,” or will you be a bit more lenient so long as the M-rated title is like, Halo Reach and not Duke Nukem Forever where you’re playing capture the flag by kidnapping women and slapping their asses.

So yeah, open questions for parents/potential parents out there. How does/will gaming factor into raising your kids?