Everybody knows the hit single “Blame it” by T-Pain. People blame bad things on alcohol or other vices. Is video gaming considered one?
“Video games are bad for your social development skills.” “You will not be successful in life when you waste your time playing games.” “Why are you playing video games it’s stupid?” “Why don’t you put the same energy that you put on beating a game towards a more productive activity?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words from numerous people; blood related or not? Or the best yet “ It’s about time you Grow up!” I’m sure some of you can relate – Right?. Video games were created mainly for entertainment purposes, but can also be used as an excellent learning tool. There are so many genres of video games such as: shooters, RPGs, racing, warfare, open world, fighting and much more. This all sounds nice and gravy yet some people have a really negative perspective on them. Everyone who enjoys playing a game whether on their phones, PCs, home consoles, know someone in their entourage who simply despises them. In this article, I will reveal some arguments for people against playing video games and those who aren’t. I will then share my own opinion based on my personal experiences.
It is very easy to point fingers in the wrong direction and not take some parts of the responsibilities for the violence found in youth in today’s generation. I will not lie, playing games excessively is without a doubt very unfavorable for anyone. All vices done in excess is not good. Too much alcohol intake can lead to vomiting, eating too many fattening foods can lead to diabetes, speeding can lead to a fine, a license suspension or worse: death. Why would video games be any different?
The simple fact that you always have the option of restarting at a checkpoint and start over with a click of a button makes it harder for gamers to adapt to real life situations. Yes, we all learn from our mistakes but chances are that there will most likely have completely different variables while facing a similar problem later on, unlike gaming. Some argue; “While playing video games, you gain the ability to think quickly as the game proceeds. For most video games, you must always think of a strategy before rushing and doing something that you might regret”. A reasonable amount of gameplay is acceptable but an excessive one is not. Video games should be used as a means of entertainment and a break from reality. When you’re done an intense video game session, in the end, is it worth it?
You wasted valuable time and energy that could have been applied somewhere more productively. Being that focused for extended periods can really hurt relationships and cause unwanted problems with anyone. Games are fun, but the video game companies know how to make an addicting product and they exploit that to no end. Addicting not in the sense that you absolutely need to play, but more so that when you play, you become a different person. Unfortunately, some players do not seem to know where to draw the line between the game portion and reality and stop playing. Immersing yourself into the virtual world and focusing all your time on that is not healthy and can cause serious health problems and even DEATH.
We can’t deny the fact that the technological and the video game industry is always growing. Games, downloadable content, controllers, newer systems, computer upgrades; the list goes on of all the things they provide yet It drains your money because they are always coming out with new games or improving their current ones. In my personal opinion, it’s just a question of will. Some people are willing to spend a lot of money on video games. Just because one person may find it useless- doesn’t make it more or less of a good investment for someone else.
According to many concerned parents, video games cause children to have poor people skills because all they do is look at a screen without any social interaction. Yes, you may say there’s the online gaming, but when doing so, your kid can pick up bad language and behavior from other players, and may make your kid vulnerable to online dangers. A study done by researchers at the North Carolina State University, New York and the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology proved that gamers do not replace their offline social lives but rather enhance it by communicating with others all over the world through their respective gaming systems.
Grand Theft Auto, being the most used example of violent games, exposes its players in a world full of crimes, drugs and sex . The world is your playground. This exposure desensitizes us to the brutal act of murder. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have an increase in aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and a decreased prosocial helping, according to a scientific study Anderson & Bushman, 2001. However, the evidence is not consistent and this issue is far from settled. It appears that there will always be violent people, and it just so happen that many of them also enjoy playing violent video games. In my opinion, parenting plays an important part in a child’s behavior. A kid brought up in a family where violence and yelling is often use as a mean of expression will most likely act in the same manner with other individuals. But once again let’s just blame video games… It’s just easier to do so.
On a more positive note, many researches held have proven the benefits of playing video games on a social and a personal scale. A study conducted by Michigan State University, published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that kids who play video games tend to be more creative. It’s simple, most games have a story and a purpose. So by exposing them to various genres of games, they were able to be more creative while writing stories or drawing pictures than those who weren’t. Some games stimulates neurons in such a way that the imaginative juices start flowing.
Video games can also help improve your vision said by Researchers at Nottingham University, who found that certain video games could help people with vision problems and were able to achieve in one hour, the same results it would take eye patches 400 hours to achieve. Wow! That is pretty impressive.
How many people, like me , generally have a very hard time taking decisions. It’s almost like every little decisions ; from the selection of a movie or the perfect outfit for a date to the selection of a game to play is the most tormenting thing someone could possibly demand. Well hey, according to studies, fast action video games “help train people to make quick, accurate decisions in all aspects of life.” So if you ever have to make a critical decision in the near future, instead of always leaving it to chance by tossing a coin, why not play fast action games and train yourself at quick decision making to be able to erase those famous three words “ I don’t know” out of your daily vocabulary.
Another benefit also demonstrated by research, video games can improve your attention span and sharpen your memory. Obviously speaking, it depends on what genre you decide to play. Studies have shown that video gaming can not only increase your attention span, but could also improve the ability of multi tasking and driving skills and Lord knows we need that. Do not get me started on bad drivers out there. Moving on! Some researchers are using video games in rehabilitation programs to help slow or reverse the “cognitive decline that comes with aging.” So the next time your father can’t find his keys…Well, it’s time for some Wii!
On another important note, reflex based games i.e.; Arcade shooting games ,will improve hand-eye coordination. Not to mention, games simply makes learning fun. Yes… you can learn a lot of history through gaming instead of simply doing the old school way of opening a book and reading. Not that it is bad, on the contrary reading is very important but let’s just say that you are more prone to retain information while having fun in the process. Some games like Assassins Creed or even Super Power 2 actually contain accurate historical, political and economical facts within them.
Let’s all be honest with ourselves for a minute. Video games do relieve stress. In my personal experience when I have a very bad day, I’m full of rage and I know that punching someone on the face is not the answer, I would simply put on Mortal Kombat and release all of my anger into the gameplay. Just after a couple of hours of wandering in it’s fantastic world of Kombat and magic, nothing, that has previously occurred, matter anymore. I feel stress-free and I am able to do other things. As you could see, playing video games isn’t such a bad thing to do if done in moderation
It is pretty obvious what my stance is on this topic considering that I am a gamer chick myself. An advice I can give to parents who think that video games are the reason behind the violent behavior found in their children, monitor video game play the same way you need to monitor television and other media. An aggressive child is more a product of dysfunctional parenting than anything else, including violent games and TV. Consider limiting your child’s video game playing to an hour a day. A study by Oxford University suggests that children who play video games for up to an hour are happier, more sociable and less hyperactive than those who do not play at all. Everything should be taken in moderation. Its just pure common sense: Many of the negative effects listed above are due to people of the wrong age playing the wrong game, which reflects negatively on the parents. They blame the games even though they didn’t take enough measures to completely monitor the kinds of games their child is playing. Call of Duty and GTA were not made for 12 year olds. It’s pure logic. Wouldn’t you agree?
This leaves us with the following questions; Are video games the ultimate culprit for the violence found in youth nowadays? Are gamers considered to be rejects and unsuccessful people? You’ve read most used arguments for both parties, now it’s time for you to share your opinion on IMGMR. Give a voice to your thoughts we’ll be glad to read them!