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I ha ve never played a video game, but I do worry about the amount of time my (male) children spend fiddling with consoles, and sometimes fear they may be sucked into a mindless and addictive world. Tom Chatfield’s cover story on the arguments raging around game culture has helped to put my mind at ease. But as he points out, a generational rift has now opened up over video games at least as profound as that previously associated with radio or television. This debate briefly flared in April with the release of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV—the…

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