Thursday, June 28, 2007


This is an oldie but goodie…As the hype around video games continues to grow, a new generation of video-game playing parents are faced with the dilemma of whether or not their own children should play these games. Chris Anderson – editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and lead editor of follows the “LEGO Rule” when it comes to decisions like this. “The Lego Company, it seems, has a policy of not producing toys that replicate 20th century weapons. “You can have swords, and you can have laser guns in space, but no actual 20th century guns,” Anderson says. So his four children can play games like Halo, since it contains only futuristic, fantasy war, where you're killing only green- or blue-blooded aliens. The same goes for Roman swordplay titles. "But it clearly walls off Grand Theft Auto.This article goes on to explain that parents should limit game-time and I agree…I’d much rather challenge my kids to a LEGO brick building contest than even attempt to shoot the most aliens.