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March 26, 2012, 01:23 PM
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No, no, no and just plain no.
I have 2 kids under 18. #1, they won't be getting gaming laptops anytime soon. Second, I won't be spending even $800 each on PC's anytime soon. Gaming computers are OK for people that can afford them. I can't and neither can the majority of people who buy consoles.
As for the social stuff, that is why I make my kids go outside to play. Social networking is not meant for kids. They need actual physical interaction and actual physical playtime.
Gaming PC's is a hobby. It is a very small part of the PC market. You gotta upgrade semi-anually to keep up with the latest games unless you want to turn the graphics down to console levels. Sure I used to love my high res gaming. I simply cannot afford it at all.
Well when I grew up we didn't each have our own computers. We had the "family computer." So $800 is pretty cheap for a family computer. I worked as a kid and bought most of my games except for Christmas and my birthday. I remember spending $60 a month on games. Pretty much every penny I and my 2 brothers made. Back then computers were pretty expensive. My dad had like a $2500 desktop and that could barely play 3d games. Now PC's are so cheap. Literally you can build a cheap $500 PC and play most games. Especially if you get used parts. The biggest problem though is that you will want to play games that your friends are playing. So that will most likely mean consoles. I remember my first PC. I saved money doing things like sears catalogues and working various jobs and it cost $800 including everything. It could play all the latest games. I was 15 then.
While I agree face to face social interaction is best but this day and age you will get far more social interaction than any other time period in history. I was making a point that on PC the social interaction is better than consoles. Now that I am much older I can't see my friends every day let alone once a month. I find I am much more social now than I was in high school thanks to things like skype and facebook. I would like to spend time with my friends but everyone is busy. In school that is different as you see them almost every day at school and usually at least once a week at somebodies house. Don't know where I am getting at so will leave it at that.
As far as the last point. I agree that it is a luxury. I agree that if you can't afford it don't do it. That is a wise thing to do. That same $800 may be better spent on a family vacation which I think spending time with your family is very important and a lot of kids don't get a lot of that.
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