Here's a first world problem: video games are too much fun


Some mental health experts say video games are too hard to put down. But game developers say the positives of play outweigh the negatives.

Hi-Rez Studios game developer Todd Harris says parents need to find out what games their kids are playing.

"I think the concern is way overblown," Harris says.

"If your son or daughter is on the game and you're telling them to turn it off right now and they don't, you might see that as addiction but in many cases they're in a match and they have teammates."

Harris says parents and kids need to compromise on game play.

"If it's a half an hour before dinner, well, that's probably not the right time for the team to start the activity."

Harris says some video games are like sports and asking the kids to limit playing time is the same as asking them to play less chess or less soccer.

"So I think by just understanding the nature of these games hopefully households run more smoothly and they don't see it as an addiction. Would you complain about your kid playing too much chess or too much violin or too much soccer?"

Harris says he does take mental health concerns, about how much time we spend playing games, into account when designing games.


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