I am a gamer.
I enjoy playing video games, and they've been a part of my life since I was a kid.
I believe there are a lot of potential benefits from playing video games, and I want to be able to share my interest in games with my son once he is old enough.
However, the technology is a lot different now than it was when I was growing up, and hand-held technology has made video games ubiquitous and incredibly accessible.
I see a lot of children, including relatives, who seem too attached to gaming at a very young age, and I worry that my son will become so attached to gaming that he will neglect other interests. It isn't an issue yet, though, as he's not quite 2, and his only exposure to video games is to occasionally play Fruit Ninja or Bowling on a smart phone (he enjoys it, but gets bored with it very quickly).
I want to share my love of video games with him, but I don't want that to result in my attempts to share my love of nature, geology, archaeology, reading, etc. with him being foiled by my son being unwilling to put down his Nintendo DS (or whatever the handheld platform of choice will be then).
I worry that heavily restricting access to games could backfire; my mother made attempts to restrict my video game time when I was growing up, and the result was that I tended to play obsessively within the times that I was allowed. In other words, "you can't play more than 5 hours of video games a week" has a tendency to become "you can play exactly 5 hours of video games a week, so make sure you squeeze every bit of entertainment out of that time you can".
What are some strategies that I can employ to introduce games, but also instill in my son a balanced perspective that will result in a variety of types of activities, rather than focusing exclusively on games?