Gaming with kids: Wasted time or worthwhile?: Some parents see playing video games as a time to bond while having fun

parentgamers3On weekends, in between the soccer games and the household chores, you can find Brian Albright and his 12 year-old-son, Caleb, playing video games together.

Over the years, the two have played through “Sly Cooper,” the “Lord of the Rings” games and “Final Fantasy” on the family PlayStation 2. These days, father and son like “Star Wars Battlefront” and racing games like “Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition.”

“He really likes pimping out the cars,” says Albright of his son.

Albright, 38, says he’s the only dad among his son’s friend group that plays games with his kids. This jives with a recent AOL/Associated Press poll that showed four in 10 parents never game with their game-playing kids. “It’s such a waste of time,” one parent was quoted as saying. Read More.

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