December 5, 2006
Dear CNET members,
I hope by the time you read this newsletter we've heard some good news about my colleague James Kim who is still missing. And if you haven't been following the story on James and his family, read up on it here. It's a surreal feeling to have someone so close to you go missing, and I can't imagine what his family and friends are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family to stay strong and for James' safe return to us. This week's hot topic is directly taken from the CNET forums, where CNET member TheCrowing posted a question to our members asking if playing video games would be"wasting his life away," as his parents would put it. So the question is, is it? Many would argue that video games are a waste of time, make people violent, or are bad for the eyes, yet on the flip side, others would argue that they build eye/hand coordination and can help develop problem-solving skills or an interest that could lead to a career in gaming and so forth. So, the question is, if you had to give advice to this member, what would it be? What's your opinion on video games--are they healthy or unhealthy? Do you think video games are a waste of time? Read CNET member TheCrowing's post and tell him directly what you think. He really wants to know what your opinion is on this matter.
This week's hot topic:
Video games: Am I wasting my life?
After reading CNET member TheCrowing's post some of our members chimed in to tell him what they thought:
Key is to have a balance
"If you're not spending time doing your homework and studying, your grades are dropping, and so on, you need to cut back on your gaming. You cannot let your education suffer, for that, not gaming, is what will take you places..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member John.WilkinsonEveryone loves entertainment, games included.
"As I'm nearing 50 years of age, I find myself still amazed with video games. I'm tired of all the people claiming games have no valid purpose. Usually those same people watch TV/movies, play cards/board games, listen to music..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member BrianstechGames are a useful "diversion"
"Keep in mind what a game is: a recreation, a way to relax and divert yourself. But this presupposes activities that you're resting and diverting yourself from. Live! But don't let games become your life. Make friends and socialize..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member KuleroSpeak Up!
After reading CNET member TheCrowing's post, it's now your chance to tell us what your opinion is on this subject matter. Do you think this member is just wasting his life away on video games? What advice would give to this young fella? Tell him the pros and cons you see on video games, and hopefully this will be some sound advice he can take away and use for the rest of his life.
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