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The concept of hot housing is one which raises a lot of controversy among parents and educators. It's based on the idea parents can give extra tuition to their children in a specific subject matter, such as math or chess, many hours a day every day, from an earlier age. This often causes the children to have less playtime and a more rigid and disciplined childhood, causing many of those children to develop an aversion to the subject they studied as they grow old.


Some examples of this have shown it can be a source of unhappiness in their adult lives. Some other just produced incredibly talented artists like piano players, top athletes, ballet dancers, top chess players like the Polgar sisters and so on. Have in mind that each and every professional football player today, to get to a level they can play for top clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid had to start very early, at age 5-7 and often abandoning school at age 12-13 in order to dedicate themselves exclusively to football.
On one hand it can be a very fruitful thing for a child in the future to have had the chance to specialize in one subject and master it at a young age, on the other hand it can rob them of their childhood and turn them into bitter, unhappy adults. It depends on how you experience it and the level of family love and support- opposed to family oppression and strictness.


But let’s consider the generation which grew up with games in their childhood and went into their adult lives playing at least 1 hour a day every day.  Isn’t that a form of hot housing? Is that per se a bad thing? What do they learn from games? Being born in the mid 70’s I had the privilege to be introduced as a child to the first games: Arcade machines with Pong, Space Invaders, later with the early street fighter series and it was not long before the first strategy games arrived for the computer. I find that games can be addictive, but also very much stimulating to the sense of logic, strategy, problem-solving abilities. To experience it as addictive and destructive or stimulating and exciting depends on every personality, one one's tendency to develop positively and constructively.


So it does not surprise me much to watch the team online video about of my Idols in poker Ike Haxton; Chess as a child, strategy games as a teenager and finally taking the poker world by storm as an adult. Isn’t it a successful example of evolution of game strategy?

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