Video Games

Video games are becoming more and more popular in today’s world.   The popularity of video games has rapidly increased since they were introduced in the 1970’s.   “The U.S. video game market reached nearly $10.5 billion in sales in 2005. With the projected world-wide market expected to grow to $46.5 billion by 2010 (Business Week Online, 2006).”   Talk more about this quote!   The technology used on these video games has expanded as well.   A whole new variety of games are now available to children.   The age of the children playing these games has also gone down significantly in the past years.   Parents should not allow their young children to play video games, due to the many negative effects on the child.   These effects include, and are not limited to: addiction, violence, and obesity.
I have a four year old brother named Matthew, who is addicted to playing video games.   Every day he wakes up eagerly awaiting to play his favorite star wars game.   But to his dismay, his hopes are dashed as his mother forces him to play outside in the warm sunshine, instead of staring at the preferred television screen.   Matthew has been banned from playing video games until further notice.   Sadly, the games have taken a hold of my youngest brother.   He is no longer allowed to play the game, or even watch it.   Yet, he still tries to sneak into the room and watch his older brothers play, while shouting instructions at them in the background.   He is usually spotted by my mother, and escorted from the room.   This leads him to run around to the opposite side of the room, peering forlornly through the glass doors.   He looks as if he has lost his best friend.    
There are now age ratings on all video games, these ratings tell the purchaser what ages the games are appropriate for.   The ratings are as follows: EC (early childhood) for children ages three and up.   E (everyone) ages six and up.   E10+ ages ten and up.   T (teen) appropriate for ages thirteen and up.   M (mature) meant for ages...