Video games may not turn people into mindless killers, but they're not totally off the hook. The head of the Australian Veterinary Association is blaming video games for decreased pet ownership (via Digg), and all of the problems that creates. That's right, according to the group, it's a big problem for society if kids aren't spending as much time outside with Lassie, since they're not getting the physical exercise or the important life skills that come about from playing with pets. This complaint is just a variation on the old "video games make kids fat" argument, which studies have cast into doubt. More importantly, there doesn't seem to be any evidence of a link between video games and pet ownership; it's just the conjecture of someone who sounds worried about his profession. There's no logical reason to think that video game playing and pet ownership are mutually exclusive, as there are certainly plenty of kids that do both. Of course, it would be unfortunate if kids didn't get the joy of playing fetch with a dog and a frisbee, which is why it would make for an excellent game on the Wii.
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