"If this is an attempt to teach kids media literacy, it's a great idea. If it's an excuse to play violent video games, like 'Manhunt' and 'Halo,' then it's a terrible idea," he said. "It's hard to know how it's going to shake out.

And he emphasized that parents need to be more aware of their kids' media habits and the impacts they can have.

"The presence of a gaming system at home undoubtedly means your child is going to be spending more time playing video games than you might like," he said. "Parents need to be very cautious with that."