Video games have been a hot button issue since Magnavox Odyssey’s introduced their home console and the game Pong came out in the 1970s. Some parents believe that video games (violent ones in particular) pollute the imagination, promote aggression and can even diminish social skills. Others argue that in the right context video games can be beneficial. With the video game industry now worth more than $10 billion and more than 67% of U.S. households claiming to play video games (ESRB, 2010), Christian parents need to assess if spending time with this medium is a positive or negative pastime for their children. Here are some important considerations for the Christian parent who is seeking to understand video games and their effects.
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