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Are Children Addicted to Video Games?

Kids spend hours in front of a TV screen playing video games. For decades this has held true and while the industry evolves and video gaming because more complex, the addiction to these games gets worse.

When Nintendo was first released, there were a few controllers, and kids could spend a few hours on the machine before it overheated, or they wanted to go play outside. When Ninetendo64 was released, you saw kids spending more time in front of the TV, with more game options and more people per game playing. Birthdays and Christmases were filled with exchanges of the latest and greatest games and competitions were held on mass.

With the internet adding into the equation, we now see a whole new world of gaming. No longer are you forced to compete with the guy next to you… to have fun with your friends in a room and place silly bets on who will win the next game. Now, you are able to go worldwide… connect with whomever you want, whenever you want. Timezones mean nothing and language is never a barrier.

kidsgamingWhen Does ‘Fun’ Become an Addiction?

Like the effect the Internet, social media and most technologically related things we have on our lives; video games are truly changing the way we socialize and the develop our brains. Is this a good thing? Depends who you ask. On one end, people are scared for the kids of today… they feel that spending 5+ hours a day in front of a TV deprives the child of the things we, as children loved so much. Four-Square, road hockey tournaments and other fun games that filled our neighborhood streets are now unheard of, in fact, 99% of the time the streets are bare.

For the children of today though, there world wouldn’t be the same without their games. They’ve grown up accustom to a life of technology addictions, its normal and they see no reason to ever want anything different. The kids that do see it are often considered outcasts… words of disgust are often directed at those children that choose not to like, or have never had the chance to play a video game.

Video games give children the immediate satisfaction they are looking for. You beat the game or you don’t. If you don’t then you try again, if you do, you’re recognized by your peers. Seems like a great idea on a high level. Video games provide children with the ability to step into another world, to become a part of the game that some developer has created. There are multiple levels, multiple characters (with feelings too!)… the world of video games has ‘addict’ written all over it. Video games are awesome, in moderation.

Who doesn’t want to play a video game? I just can’t imagine never getting the urge to breathe some fresh air … or to play a game of tag in the backyard.

What are your thoughts?

XBOX 360 Gaming Highlights From the Last Six Years

The Xbox 360 was first unveiled by Microsoft in 2005. Today it remains one of the world’s most popular consoles, having sold over 60 million units. The latest version features a 250GB hard drive and built in Wi-Fi and delivers all the best in gaming and entertainment.

When it was first released, critics claimed the Xbox would not be able to compete with more established consoles. However, the Xbox continues to attract a growing fan base and is now a major brand in its own right.

The biggest draw for Xbox 360 gamers is the huge selection of games. Some of the best-selling critically acclaimed titles include Halo 3, Grand Theft Auto 1V, BioShock and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. While they vary in gameplay and style, they all have fantastic storylines and eye catching graphics. They are designed to keep you playing again and again.

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If you have yet to discover these top selling games, there are plenty of opportunities to purchase them second hand and the internet or online auctions are a great place to start your search. Equally, games tend to retain their value and there are plenty of options should you want to sell Xbox 360 games.

Grand Theft Auto 1V

The award winning Grand Theft Auto 1V was released in 2008 to a flurry of positive reviews. In this instalment, you adopt the role of Eastern European immigrant, Niko Bellic and guide him through the streets of New York as he searches for that elusive American Dream. He soon slips into debt and must negotiate his way through a criminal underworld of conmen, thieves and gangsters.

BioShock

Voted 2007 ‘Game of the Year’ is BioShock, a terrifying FPS horror where the player takes the role of an air crash survivor who lands in icy, uncharted waters. On discovering a desolate city beneath the sea, he must fight to survive in a world littered with corpses and genetically mutated citizens.

Halo 3

The third installation in the renowned Halo franchise was released in 2007 and is one of the world’s best-selling video games. Exclusive to the Xbox, Halo 3 is a sci-fi shooter where the player takes the role of Master Chief who must battle the Covenant to save Earth.

Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare

Critically acclaimed, this instalment in the Call of Duty series is widely said to be the best. Winner of numerous gaming awards, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare takes the player away from the familiar WW2 battlefields to tackle warfare in a modern setting. Featuring first-person shooter gameplay, the player must use the superior technology of the U.S Marines and British SAS against guerilla tactics of a terrorist group.

If these games aren’t to your taste, there are numerous other genres available. From racing and sports to music games which enable the player to compose their own masterpieces. Younger players are also catered for with a range of children’s titles.

There are almost 1000 games available for the Xbox 360 and new and experienced gamers alike will find a game to suit.

Tom Adams is a gamer and blogger. He often decides to sell Xbox 360 games as a way of getting some money back to purchase new titles.