In the article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/oct/26/games.childrens?gusrc=r..., Will Wright (creator of Sims) says that "he believes that fears over the negative influence of video games are merely symptoms of a generation gap." Although he seems to mostly be referring to the purported effects of violence in the games, I was disappointed that nowhere in the article was the possibility of video game addiction mentioned as one of the possible "negative influences" on children.
This article also states that "His comments came as the government this week opened its review into the effects of video games and the internet on Britain's children." I hope that this review will be well-balanced and complete, plus that it prompts other governments to learn from the results and perhaps even do their own reviews.
- John O.
[em]Carpe Diem![/em] (Seize the Day!)