Boy: Playing Xbox Will Get Me A "Nowhere Job"

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An ex-NBA star recently asked a group of children where playing Xbox will get them. He was promoting fitness, so he probably expected a negative answer. And he got one.

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Here's the Deseret News reporting on the noble effort of former Utah Jazz player Mark Eaton promoting fitness through an National Basketball Association program called NBA Fit:

Eaton asked the group where playing Xbox would take them in their lives. One young boy replied, "A minimum-wage nowhere job." Eaton laughed and told the boys and girls to envision where they wanted to go in their lives.

"Start thinking about what you're going to be great at, because that's the only way to get there," he said. "You have to be the one in charge of that change."

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Compare that to last week's talk here at Kotaku about what parents hope kids can get from gaming. All in moderation, right?

Best of luck to those who have found a way to get work by playing Xbox. May your wages not be minimum.

Ex-Jazz star Mark Eaton helps kids with fitness [Deseret News]

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I like how its always just "playing Xbox" instead of what it should be "doing nothing but play video games."

Video games are a harmless pass-time. Doing ANYTHING to excess will wreck your life. You can read to excess, watch TV to excess, listen to music to excess, use the internet to excess, etc. Doing any of them in extreme time amounts will eventually cause you to miss out on life and likely be out of shape.

I just hate how video games are the scapegoat for all things bad.