[quote="Aetheria, post:11, topic:204787"]
Thanks for your responses, everyone!
Wampa: Sorry, I didn't give enough context. She actually did mean "stop playing altogether". Of course I'm not thinking that I want to play video games nonstop, or even regularly - I'd just like to play once in a while and when I don't have more important things to do, just like any leisure activity. Lots of online gaming is just a bad idea. Having briefly experienced the addictive power of MMORPGs (until I realized I'd actually just paid a real two bucks for a virtual helmet and quit in disgust), I never want to touch one again and I'd definitely not want my spouse or children playing them.
ThyKingdomCome: I agree, playing games/watching TV too much can be a bad example. But I also think it's important to teach kids that you can enjoy them in moderation and that they're not evil. I remember that when I was a kid, "I like TV too, but we both have better things to do" worked better on me than "TV is stupid and will rot your brain".
phoenixrrt62: Heh, I have unwittingly impressed a few guys by saying I like games. Then, of course, I went and got engaged to one who finds reading Aquinas more fun than playing Halo. :P He thinks gaming is a bit frivolous, so I probably won't spend as much time on it once we're married - the XP isn't worth annoying your spouse! But he isn't going to make me give it up entirely.
Hey, congrats on your engagement! That's great!!!...and well, I'd be more thrilled with someone reading Aquinas- or anything else for that matter, b/c reading is generally my secret addiction-esp religion;0) but that's just me....and debating religion-or the lack of same...I miss that-the second husband and I used to have pretty involved discussions about God...and if he/she exists and why....man, we'd get into it....ah.....
But...hey, I'd venture to say you'd find yourself so busy with your future husband and your family that you wouldn't even miss the gaming (except for the occasional game) and when the kids are old enough to play (my kid was all of 3 when he was playing his older brother's Doom game, ha!) you can show them how it's done;0)