We are answerable to God for the use of our time, which is actually His. IMHO this is the most important thing to ask oneself about video entertainment. Recreation is of value but should be chosen carefully and not overdone. God created man to work not play.
I am also aspiring to be in the game-creating area. Having done some studies on the topic, I find that each specific genre has its own problems. Standard shoot-em-up are most popular, and are also inherently the most violent, and the most flashy genre. This is really the "brain-melter" of games, being the main representer of popular games. Another genre might not have the same problem; for instance a tactical game uses a much larger portion of the brain, and can actually be educational. However, it still can and is abused with the coming of the new and improved graphics to allow any violence to become more emphasized. Language is the main problem with even some non-violent games; it is the most infiltrating element of a game because of the lower rating it will recieve, thereby avoiding most parental screening. There really is a proper way to use gaming; it's just so uncommon. Don't give up on it MSC; it might be the ministry God has for you.
RV, Interesting play on words there. Maybe I should reconsider my aspirations to game programing, because it almost sounds like an anti-thesis to my severance from the TV.(It sounds like putting that "A" in front of words causes them to be opposite of those words without the A...even anti-thesis).
Recent scientific studies have shown that watching TV, movies and video games literally shrinks a persons brain - I kid you not! Apparently only a small part of the brain is used and the rest remains idle and will actually physically shrink over time, irrespective of what is being watched or played.
This retardation is not the case with reading which stimulates the brain to create mental images.
This TV situation is really bad for young childrens development in particular and results in lower IQ and less imagination, even if they watch so-called 'educational' material.
Hmm.... I think I'm getting dumber just reading and posting on SA - time for a break I guess.
I've considered game programming. I wonder what happens in a situation like this girl. Who's fault is it? Parent? Programmer/designer? Of course I wouldn't make violent or immoral games. There are quite a few fun and good Bible-based games out there.
I now see why the BBC mentions there is flash photography in some of their news items. Parental should control what their children watch and how long they watch would seem to be a necessity. I suppose the modern-day parents could watch TV for five hours straight. They may not see any reason for limiting their children in doing similar things.