Video Games Becoming A Family Bonding Experience Now That 80s Gamers Are Growing Up

from the not-such-a-bad-thing dept

With the somewhat pointless backlash against videogamers over the last few years, it's nice to see one new report claiming that gaming is increasingly a family activity, involving both parents and kids. The study is sponsored by a video game company, so there's always the potential for bias here, but it's also not the first such study we've seen. It seems that as video gamers from the 80s have become the adults of today they're still gaming, and they're not as freaked out about video games as the older generation is. A spokesperson for a "family group" who constantly warns about the evils of video games has already blasted the study, claiming that since it was done online, it wasn't representative. Those folks online are much more likely to be gamers, and therefore can't be trusted.
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    Target Employee, 7 Dec 2006 @ 4:37pm

    More than you think.

    Working in the electronics section at Target, I hear many mothers talking (amongst themselves, not at employee prompting) about how much fun the Wii is to play with their kids. Even the older generation (the pre-80s folks). It usually starts when they walk by the display and one of them will ask the other what it is.

    The other then explains that its this new nintendo thing that they got for the kids, and that its actually really fun. They usually seem to really like "that tennis/bowling/golf" game (Wii Sports). It seems like its already becoming a family activity even with those way older than the 80s gamers.

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