My little brother, age 9, is fascinated by video games. Up until this past Christmas, all he had were a few PC games and the original NES. He is particularly obsessed with Metroid, and finally got a Gamecube this year. He talks about nothing other than how he wants to write his own video games. He spends hours drawing characters and thinking of ideas for different levels, etc. He is a very talented artist–he actually made a poster-sized drawing of Samus from the Metroid game that just blew my whole family away.
My parents have restricted the amount of time he can spend playing games to less than half an hour per day, but this doesn’t prevent him from thinking about them for the rest of the day. He’s a pretty smart kid, interested in astronomy and stuff, but I’m worried about his obsession—is it just a phase that he’ll outgrow? Or is it a passionate hobby that should be encouraged? I don’t know how many more conversations I can listen to about his latest video-game exploits.