Another Reason Videogames are Bad for Children

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StrongHand Mike Tomich is a man with an agenda; He wants to pry videogame controllers out of the hands of innocent children. Why? Because they’ll inevitably become trained sociopathic killers without ethics and a skewed sense of right and wrong? Because they’ll be destined to a sedentary life of McDonald’s and Mountain dew?

No, Mr Tomich has through 5 and a half years of unofficial research established that Videogames are a “silent epidemic” of a different sort.

Mr Tomich you see, believes that dynamic forces have a negative impact on children’s as yet un-calcified bones, warping and bending them irreparably. The sources of these evil dynamic forces? Video games, computers…and the beloved childhood staple crayons. Yeah Microsoft and Sony – The new evil corrupting our youth is that tyrannical house of wax Crayola.

Thankfully he doesn’t want children to forsake technology and crayons forever – just until children are 8 and 5 respectively- although I don’t know too many children over 5 who’d want to use crayons.

While he supports his arguments with a bunch of pictures with lines going through them (which you can see here), I’m not convinced. I have pain-free, unwarped fingers – and I’ve been playing games, using computers and colouring in since before I could walk.

Source : Mike Tomich (via Gizmodo)

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Last Updated: March 31, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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