Cheat Codes: A Short Story

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Do you remember when our generation was growing up. You walked out of your house and all you saw were kids running around on the streets playing football, hockey, tag and many other physically active games. It didn't matter what time of year it was, kids were running all over the place. Whether it was on the corner or in the park, they were out tearing it up. Now let's fast forward to 2009 when you barely ever see a child out playing like we did. Sure there still kids playing organized sports, but the youths are nowhere to be found. When we were growing up, you didn't have to be in a baseball league to play baseball. Any day that you walked over to the park with a glove you could find a pick up game. Same can be said of football and hockey,…show more content…
Pong came out and all of a sudden, kids weren't on the streets on Christmas day, they were inside playing this great new video game. As the years progressed, Atari and Intellivision hit the market and you just noticed that you friends were not hanging out as much anymore. Zoom ahead a few more years to Sega and Playstation, and people playing outside became virtually non-existent. All these kids talk about these days are what game they just got, how to beat a certain level with the cheat codes and what new games are coming out. It is actually not out of the norm for a child to not only have one system, but have 3 or three of these high end gaming systems. That is actually amazing when you consider the actual costs of them. As all this was happening, there was a noticeable change in the youths of our society. There were getting fatter and fatter. While there were definitely obese children when we were growing up, you are probably hard pressed to remember 5 names that you can put to children in your class that would have been considered obese. That is far from the case now as WebMD reports that about "one out of every five children in the US is overweight or obese." That is a scary

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