- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A new national survey indicates that joysticks aren’t just for kids.

Thirty-five percent, or about one in three parents, say they play video games, too, and 80 percent of that segment play the games with their children, according to the survey commissioned by the Entertainment Software Association, a video-game industry group.

The average “gamer parent” spends 19 hours a month playing video games, and spends roughly half that time playing alongside children, according to the survey.

Two-thirds of the gamer parents said they think playing video games has brought their families closer.

Count among them Andrew Bub.

“It makes us all laugh at each other,” said the Milwaukee stay-at-home father of two.

As the founder of GamerDad.com, a Web site with game reviews and a discussion forum for parents, Mr. Bub has promoted the idea of video games as a family-bonding tool for years.

“Kids are going to play what they want to play, and parents are better off getting involved instead of sitting on the sidelines,” he said.

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