Media World: Should parents wage war on video games?


When I grew up in the '70s and '80s, my parents needed a crowbar to pry me away from the TV set. But these days, parents are increasingly waging a similar battle against video gaming systems, and losing.

More than 80% of U.S. kids between 2 and 17 regularly play video games, according to market research firm NPD Group. NPD estimates that 55.7 million children under 18 are "current gamers," 9.7 million of them under 5. And kids between 12 and 14 play video games for 10.6 hours a week.