8 Reasons To NOT Let Your Kids Play Video Games (Besides the obvious ones)

October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last week I rushed out to buy NBA 2K13 for my three eager boys, who simply had to have it on the day it was released.  A mere three days later, the disc was irreparably damaged with “laser burn” after one of them knocked into the Xbox console while the disc was inside.  The man at Game Stop said we had not initially purchased the $3 insurance so he said we could trade in the damaged one for $23 and pay the additional $37 towards a brand new game.

No can do.  No f-ing way.  Not gonna do it.  And I didn’t.  I told the boys they had to trade in enough of their old games to make up the $37 difference.  When we got home, they rushed to their stash of games, and turned up about 30 games, most of them Playstation 3 games.  (Note: Our Playstation 3 console had long been damaged and un-usable).  Some of the older games may only turn up a $1 or $2 while others might be worth as much as $9 or $10, depending on the game and the condition.  I figured they would get to the $37 with all those games.  I was more than right.  My boys now have a credit at Game Stop for $123!  What’s more, the guy who helped us with the trade-in (different from the first guy) said he’d give us a brand new NBA 2K13 – without using any of our $123 credit — if we bought the $3 insurance now.  Done deal.  My boys were thrilled with the outcome, but I still came away thinking there are eight very good reasons to keep video games out of your kids’ life, if at all possible:

  1. The games are bloody expensive.  $60 for a new game; $20-$40 for a used one. Crazy.
  2. Your kids will lose interest in one game (I must have Madden 13 NOW!) and immediately request a different one (I must have NBA 2K 13 NOW!)
  3. The games will cause fights.  One game console. Three boys who want to play at the same time.  Not a pretty picture.
  4. You will have to enforce all kinds of rules to limit game times, like “no video games during the week” to “only 1 hour a day.” No matter what your house rules regarding the games, they will be extremely hard to stick to, both for them and for you.  I can promise you the rules will be broken, unless you are very diligent about hiding the game remotes during “no play” hours.  But, good luck with that because there are only so many hiding places.
  5. For any birthday or holiday involving presents, the request for a new video game will definitely top the list.  This isn’t so bad, but it will make you a little sad that they aren’t requesting a new book.
  6. They will have more in common with the guy working at Game Stop than with some of their peers.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either, but it might scare you a little.  See #7.
  7. Your 8-year old will declare that he wants to work in Game Stop when he’s older.
  8. They will definitely, absolutely, without a doubt, damage the video games, especially the brand new ones.  And, you may not be so lucky by having the super nice guy at Game Stop give you a break by letting you buy the insurance after the fact. Hint:  Buy that $3 insurance!!

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Janine Huldie October 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This was too damn funny. I can relate not because of my kids, but my husband actually (who is a huge video game buff with PS3 games). Scary but was sitting here shaking my head and knew all too well about GameStop and there trade-in policy from him!!


ohboymom October 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

That’s hysterical about your husband Janine! I think you should write a post about him if you haven’t already! My brother is a huge video game buff too and we used to joke that all the 10-year old kids in the neighborhood used to ask for play dates with him just so they could play Playstation with him!


Janine Huldie October 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I like your idea for a blog article. Only problem is I just posted an article about his OCDs with Christmas shopping just today. So if I do write this up will have to post in a few days; so as not to give him a completely swelled ego and head!! Thanks for the suggestion though :) :)


Joanna October 11, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Had to take away x-box live past year to prepare for the S.A.T.- Wish there was a college that gave scholarships for my expert video game players! lol
When my son was playing once, his system got hacked and through x-box live they
were able to burn out x-box & all computers in the house! We had to replace the
router and it is scary this is possible!


ohboymom October 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

I bet we’ll have to take the xbox away during the S.A.T. year too..sounds like a smart thing to do! And scary about the system getting hacked – I had no idea that could happen!


Julia October 12, 2012 at 2:41 am

Totally feeling your pain re all the fights and the kids always wanting the next cool thing! We have the Wii, which also has its share of addicting games, but your post has convinced me never, ever to get an xbox (because I could never be that vigilant about enforcement!).


ohboymom October 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

You are very wise to keep XBox out of your house!


RealHousewife October 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

I have three daughters and it can be just as vicious from my side of the fence! I am also so damn tired of picking up empty disk boxes. I might as well just open the window and throw my money out on the lawn.


ohboymom October 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

I’m totally with you on those empty boxes — so frustrating that they never put them back and yet they can’t understand why they break! I always thought that the gaming and breaking video games was a boy trait…I’m oddly comforted to know that girls are just as bad. :)


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