AUTISM HIPPIE PARENTING TIP: It is significantly more difficult to remove intense/violent video games than it is to NEVER allow access to them in the first place.
When Mike was younger, I noticed an increase in anxiety and physical outbursts associated with playing computer and video games. These were NON-violent games! In an effort to reduce his outbursts, I REMOVED the computers and video games from my home. YES, for MANY years MY only computer access was an old laptop - hidden away. This is NOT an easy way to live - BUT his anxiety went away.
After a few years of DETOX, I introduced a wii system. Mike has plenty of NON-violent games that he enjoys. He uses an iTouch to access youtube videos of his favorite movie clips - again, ALL NON-violent. The parental locks are set to BLOCK internet surfing. He does NOT have access to a computer. He has an IPad that remains at school.
While Mike is 17 yrs old, developmentally he is around 7. He is a VERY BIG BOY and I CAN'T physically control him. I can't imagine what he would be like had I not made these LIFESTYLE changes for him. His outbursts surrounding computer/video games were INTENSE. Over the years, I have seen far too many of our kids become addicted to SCREENS and have access to material that they are NOT DEVELOPMENTALLY capable of processing. I have worked with families to detox their kid and it's NOT an easy process.
Please, monitor your child's access to technology - stick with the family fun games and continue to monitor them. If I see that Mike is becoming too *interested* in a video game, it disappears. If he is anxiously searching for the game - I BREAK IT! YES, I know that the games are expensive - but Mike is WORTH IT!