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You do sound like you're becoming and old man, but I happen to agree with you.

Kids addicted to online gaming? Shut of the DSL. I know it means mom and dad won't have high speed internet anymore, but mom and dad don't get to fuck in the kitchen anymore either - it's one of the funny things about having kids around.

And why do little kids always have money now? Whether it's a 10 year old with a bag of chips and a soda, or a rich kid with money for $60 video games - I don't get it. Is it normal for parents to give really young kids allowances now? I don't think I had cash in my pocket until I was 15 or so, when I started working. Blah blah blah I'm old!

Posted by Dougsf | July 30, 2008 1:00 PM
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"Itís not ideal, but if your kidís so far gone that he/she has to sneak out the window for a Counter Strike fix, your dumb parenting ass should take what it can get."

Best Counter-Strike/Diablo/WarCraft 3 experiences were when playing online with friends that were sitting in the same room or just with each other over LAN. WAAAY better than sitting alone at home and playing on the internet.

It helped that most of us couldn't get DSL at the time (in high school), so each summer we would drop off our computers at another friend's house that was in town and had DSL.

The best part was sneaking into his house late at night when his parents were asleep (basement window!)... and then sneaking back out before they woke up.

Posted by w00t | July 30, 2008 1:22 PM
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1. Adult Children Living At Home

WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT? HOW CAN ONE BE CONSIDERED AN ADULT IF THEY LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS IN A NON LONG TERM CARE CAPACITY?!!?

2. WHO LETS KIDS BUY VIDEO GAMES? THOSE ARE FOR ADULTS WITH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 1:26 PM
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@Bellevue: Some adult kids live at home while going to college. Obviously not an optimal situation for either kid or parent.

Still, you can easily shut off internet in that case (if grades are failing, hell they get to live for free)

Or you can have the internet be password protected.

But still, if you aren't going to college, GROW UP AND MOVE OUT YOU LAZY ASSHOLE.

Posted by Original Monique | July 30, 2008 1:34 PM
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SLOG LAN PARTY!

(Seriously, if we can put together a Slog fantasy football league, surely we can do a levelling run in DII.)

Posted by Gloria | July 30, 2008 1:34 PM
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can posters who actually have children please raise your hand?

Posted by yer mom | July 30, 2008 1:42 PM
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I used to LAN it up Gloria. Quake on DOS FTW!

OM, what kind of child wants to stay at home for college? College presents the unique opportunity to go off somewhere distant and be crazy and wild outside the reach of your parents.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 1:44 PM
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@Bellevue: Dumb ones who should not have access to the internet. Or they should just hang themselves.

@yer mom: I don't but I know plenty of parents (sucessful and otherwise). The good ones would shut the internet off and normally don't give their kids carte blanche access to money.

Posted by Original Monique | July 30, 2008 1:46 PM
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Yeah, like kids can afford it, BA ...

In case you haven't noticed, rents are going up, price of food is up, summer jobs for 18-22 yo is down ... count your blessings if you can stay at home and attend uni.

But get the FRICK out of the house when you can. I don't recall spending much time at home while at University - most was on campus, parties, skiing, "experimenting" with all the other student newspaper journalists.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 1:50 PM
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i'm not "concerned" about my 22-year old "adult" UW senior playing diablo 2 in every spare moment, i'm fucking annoyed by it. he is straight: he should be chasing pussy.

the gaming noises annoy me as much as my rock n roll annoyed my parents. turn that fucking shit down.

Posted by max solomon | July 30, 2008 1:54 PM
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In case you havent noticed, no one pays attention to what you have to say Will.

I suppose when theres only one legit public university in your state and the majority of the population lives in close proximity to it you wind up having commuter kids go there. On the other hand what do you know about the college experience other than ogling would pageant contestants at your job?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 1:56 PM
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diablo 2 is a classic for all times. it shows he has refined taste and doesn't follow the trend.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 1:58 PM
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just pray he graduates before diablo 3 is released. otherwise he's screwed.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 2:03 PM
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I was under the impression that modern research shows that video games, even shooters, make you smarter, not dumber. The thing they're preventing you from doing that you would otherwise be doing is usually staring slackjawed at TV, not chasing pussy or solving rare calculus proofs.

Posted by Fnarf | July 30, 2008 2:16 PM
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@6 My hand is in the air. I have a 6 year old son. Yes he plays video games, but I monitor the games and how much time he spends doing it. Also, his computer is in the family room and it always will be, ditto with the tv. He can play any games rated "E" or "E10" at my house. Unfortunately his dad sometimes lets him play "T" games at his house. I think that's a bit much for a 6 year old.

My son isn't obsessed with the games, isn't overweight, and isn't into mayhem and violence in the "real" world. If one of those things starts to change I'll re-evaluate his video game playing. But, I'm an active parent and I pay attention to my kid so I'm thinking he'll continue to be able to balance video games with other activities.

Posted by PopTart | July 30, 2008 2:19 PM
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You mean you didn't get accepted into the Diablo III beta, BA?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 2:46 PM
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I didn't even apply for it. Beta testing games is hell.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 30, 2008 3:07 PM
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Online First-Person-Shooters can be fine with the right server. I play Team Fortress 2 (which is a step above other FPS games in that it involves team play and is quite cartoonish).

I play on servers hosted by Team Interrobang, who have lots of moderators that don't put up with racist or hateful language, or really anyone who takes themselves too damn seriously.

Finding good game servers like finding a good church, park, date, or friend.

Posted by Steve | July 30, 2008 3:13 PM
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@15, gimme your address so I can send him a pile of Norwegian black metal CDs.

Posted by Fnarf | July 30, 2008 3:33 PM
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Check out Reader Rabbit and MathBlaster - those are the games my son loved when he was that age, PopTart - but always stick to time limits.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 3:44 PM
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Parents? Asserting control? Whuzza?

Posted by CP | July 30, 2008 7:34 PM
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@19 So now in addition to warning my son not to take candy from strangers I have to warn him not to accept Norwegian black metal CDs from men mama meets on the Internet?

Posted by PopTart | July 30, 2008 8:33 PM
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Well, yeah, but it's ok to accept Swedish psychedelic post-punk CDs. Those are fine.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 30, 2008 10:47 PM

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