I have always kept myself away from video games. A few years ago my dad (better known as Don Tito) gave @lucymfel a Wii and we did have fun with it. After playing the Wii enough when it was new we mostly use it with her nephews when they come over in the summertime. This year they did not visit us and we have missed them greatly and our Wii has remained off for quite some time
The reason that I stay away from video games as much as I can is because I realize how much time I can waste on them. I remember how when I left College I got addicted to the game Delta Force Black Hawk Down on the PC. I use to visit my college friend at his house and since both of us where job searching we would allocate many hours of playing online and very few to the job search.
As a kid I also remember how at one point I borrowed my younger brothers Game Boy and a friend gave me Metroid on the Game Boy. I played that game for so long I remember that green screen made me dizzy and nauseus most of the day. If it was not for my Dad Don Tito to point out that the game as giving me issues I would have kept on playing without realizing how excessive play on a device would be harmful. (Thank You Dad)
In my case I loved to be outside more than being inside playing games. I guess that all those winters in Connecticut where we could only play outside during a few months really made me appreciate the outdoors even more. When we moved to Puerto Rico when I was age 12, I use to enjoy running a big plus when I went into the military and I had been running for years. Some of the individuals that went into the Army had never ran more than ½ a mile but I could day many of them had hundreds of hours behind a video game controller.
I don’t mind playing video games as long as they don’t become a priority in anyones life (adult or child). For the last year I have been playing Angry Birds on my iPad and I also have the Smurfs iPad App on my iPad which I use to understand these games and have fun at the same time. Once I see I am becoming a slave towards the games goals I quickly take a few steps back and let go of the game and maybe not play it for weeks or months. I have bought plenty of game apps for my iPad and I can clearly say I have played 90% of them only a few times.
Game apps are very useful when I can get a problem solved and I need to take a breather they allow my brain to focus on something else which in many occasions can help me find the solution towards the problem that I was searching later.
Overall I recommend everyone to look at their playing habits and then also take a look at the playing habits of those around us (kids or other adults). Are those around you having fun or are they becoming slaves towards these electronic games.
What advice do you have to help kids and adults to use Electronic Games in a healthy and fun way?