I appreciate the answers but I think i need to rephrase the question in WHY do some people think video games are for kids? We all agree that spending hours playing video games probably is not a good thing but we also agree that spending hours doing a hobby is also not a good thing. Unless you have OCD or something. The real question is why do people have this belief that video games are for kids?
To answer your question..This is large in part due to Nintendo…Nintendo has been known as the kiddy company and in terms of perception no company is responsible more for this view about gaming..Nintendo has always targeted kids and casuals with core gamers being last.
Sony's target audience has always been ''19'' the teen core gamer. They have been this way since day 1. Sony changed the perception of gaming being ''kiddy'' and it took the industry in a more mature artistic direction.
Most parents who don't play games will know the name MARIO but they will have no idea who Solid snake, Master chief is ECT this is because Nintendo in gaming has the most mindshare of being kiddy.