Video Games: Are They Really That Bad?

by rsmit18 on April 14, 2014 - 10:48pm

When you think of video games what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Somebody who’s lonely, angry, and not active? Well actually video games aren’t always that bad. Sure you there are a couple of games such as Grand Theft Auto that may not put off the best image, but there are still some classy games out there that are even beneficial. I myself am an avid gamer. I play games on a daily basis and games of all different types. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve probably already labeled me as this weird kid who only plays video games. That’s where you’re wrong! Even though I avidly play video games, I also go to the gym, do all of my homework, and hang out with friends on a daily basis. The games I play range from games like Grand Theft Auto, to games like Skyrim. My point is I play games, but I’m still just like every student out there. The reason I like this article is because it didn’t focus on the negativity to which games are normally associated with. They focus on the many positives of playing games such as the motivational, emotional, cognitive, and social benefits of gaming. They explain how games can give cognitive benefits such as quick reaction times, and even problem solving skills as well. They even go as far to say that video games can not only sharpen these skills, but can help someone acquire them faster than a high school, or even a university level class. A game that I think helps explain this is the game known as Portal. Portal is a very popular game that requires you to use skills such as physics and problem solving to complete puzzles, all while delivering a very fun, yet intriguing story. I’ve obviously played the game and after it I can say that I look at things a lot more closely when trying to solve a problem. Games also provide emotional and, motivational benefits.  Today games are filled with stories written at such a high level it is almost as if you are playing a book. These stories are usually filled with twists and turns. They are filled with moments of triumph and failure. These moments help create emotions to push players to think about many things. They authors even reference the sequel to Portal, Portal 2, to help explain this concept. The reason like stated before Portal tests players in one puzzle then drastically changes the way to win in the next puzzle. The social benefits of gaming today could not have been experienced to the level they are now, 20 years ago. Because of games like Call of Duty and World Of Warcraft, players are usually playing with someone else. No longer is the stenotype of isolationism true. But what about the violence that games cause? Do games really cause violence? In my opinion I don’t think so. The person is responsible for the action. Just because one person who acted negatively and happened to play video games doesn’t make video games a hazard for violence. That is what we having ratings for. If parents don’t want little Johnny to play Call of Duty, then they can say no! Overall, games aren’t that bad. Obviously I’m not advocating that you completely devote your life to video games because that’s just absurd and probably not healthy. But the next time you look at video games try to look at the benefits not the consequences.

            Overall I think this article was put together very well. They advocated many benefits, while also dealing with the issues. I like this because it shows they were not just driven off of opinions. They provided evidence even if it was negative. They even went as far as to give challenges and ways to improve the research giving others the opportunity to help leave no stone unturned. All these elements help create a well written article that is both informative and great to read. If you are interested in this topic I highly suggest you read this article.

References:

Granic, I., Lobel, A., & M. E. Engels, R. C. (2014). The Benefits of Playing Video Games. American Psychologist, 69(1), 66-78. doi:10.1037/a0034857

Comments

All in all, I agree with your opinions. I think that it is very ridiculous for people to assume that video games cause violence. There may be some components of violent video games that could lead to violent actions from the players, but by no means are video games the sole reason for the violence. Those who commit the acts of violence clearly have some type of irregularity. Playing video games can have many benefits, like you mentioned. Online video games allow people to interact with their friends. They are able to talk to their friend and enjoy an experience with them. Many games allow for the users to express their creativity. They are also able to play games that test the mind. Games like portal, minecraft, and even assassins creed allow for the user to come up with strategies to accomplish the game. There are many social benefits that video games create for their users. Video games are a good way to keep the user out of trouble. I have played video games my entire life and I have never had thoughts of committing crimes due to the game. The majority of my friends have played video games and they have had no intentions of committing crimes. I would like to try and find some statistical evidence surrounding the claims of video games causing violence. Overall, this was very interesting and should be an eyeopener for many who think video games are nothing but evil.

Video games in recent years have struck a lot of controversy. The argument that the violent games consequently create real violence in society is always present in the debate over how healthy these games really are for a child’s psyche. I, myself, remember when I first started playing the more violent games, mainly because it was against my parents’ wishes that I completely ignored. Personally, I do not believe there is a direct correlation between violence in video games and violence in real life, but I do think that it plays a role in desensitizing the individuals that play them, and this desensitization, combined with poor upbringing, can cause an individual to snap eventually and commit heinous crimes.
You mention that if parents do not want their kids to play the games, they can just say “no,” yet I would disagree. Like I previously said, I ignored my parents when they told me no, and went to friends’ houses to play them. I would never say that I played them either, so my parents had no idea. The fact is, is that kids are sneakier than most people think, and they will find ways around the rules. There generally isn’t any controversy surrounding the games lacking excessive violence, so it becomes more of an issue between games such as Grand Theft Auto or Halo, and the like. My main belief is that those types of games are fine to be played, but only if the kids family life at home is healthy, or they have a decent upbringing, so the games can be used as a tool to relax, rather than escape from reality to the point where they do become reality.

As someone who plays videos games also, I can agree with the fact that many people put a stigma on all games. Violence, drugs, money those are the games people think sell the most or are the main reason a lot of younger people are “corrupted”. This is not true at all I play many games different genres and all; mysteries, action, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure etc. Many people especially adults do not believe that you can actually learn and create ways of problem solving relating in the real world too. Most children today are learning from a game rather than in school. While many people find this bad I think it’s amazing. Technology is an advancement that people over look. What is also amazing with games like Call of Duty or most action games you can communicate with a friends on missions so that’s team building in itself too.
Now the parents saying “no” thing is a bit off with me. I’ve never experienced this since in my house most of us play games whether it’s cards to mmorpgs. I feel that children now can go against their parents when it comes to something like this. I mean if a parent doesn’t buys any games for the house what’s going to stop the child from playing over at a friend’s house or even in school. Regardless of how a parent’s views on games are somewhere down the line a game is going to be played. So I do agree video games are not that bad at all.

As someone who plays videos games also, I can agree with the fact that many people put a stigma on all games. Violence, drugs, money those are the games people think sell the most or are the main reason a lot of younger people are “corrupted”. This is not true at all I play many games different genres and all; mysteries, action, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure etc. Many people especially adults do not believe that you can actually learn and create ways of problem solving relating in the real world too. Most children today are learning from a game rather than in school. While many people find this bad I think it’s amazing. Technology is an advancement that people over look. What is also amazing with games like Call of Duty or most action games you can communicate with a friends on missions so that’s team building in itself too.
Now the parents saying “no” thing is a bit off with me. I’ve never experienced this since in my house most of us play games whether it’s cards to mmorpgs. I feel that children now can go against their parents when it comes to something like this. I mean if a parent doesn’t buys any games for the house what’s going to stop the child from playing over at a friend’s house or even in school. Regardless of how a parent’s views on games are somewhere down the line a game is going to be played. So I do agree video games are not that bad at all.

Many games produced now days are full of stories, just because I read stories with mouse and keyboard and interact with it, I am a bad person? And some people say video games are full of violence and affect people in bad ways, they may want to look at film industry first, because their products are violence in much more realistic, detailed ways and the most advanced graph technology used in video game, can't even compare than a cheap film, if even those stuff can't affect me, how video games can? My last point to those people who just hate video games and can’t see a single good part of it, if there is no one plays video games anymore; there would be no need to produce them and lots of people will losing their jobs.

This article drew my attention because since the age of 5 I have been playing video games. This article brought out the positive impact of video games. I felt playing video games has actually made myself more social able. I would play Pokémon on my Gameboy on the bus and other kids would want to see what Pokémon I had and how far I was in the game compared to them. When I got older, there was plenty of times I would go on Xbox Live to discuss with my friends what we’re going to do that night or sometimes plans would become of playing a video game together with my friend online. A friend of mine on campus has a very bad temper, and he is an avid Grand Theft Auto player. I feel the game helps him let his anger out and he takes out violence in the video game. The only thing I feel the article could use to perfect it would be list briefly some negative stereotypes of video games. Possibly obesity, bad grades, or dependence on a video game. Other than that I really enjoyed reading your article and was very informative especially when you spoke of the game Portal. I had never heard of that game prior to reading your post.

Being a lover of video games, the title of this article drew me in easily. I have played video games the majority of my life ranging from Pokémon all the way to titles like Battlefield, so I can agree with your post. None of the video games I have played have had a negative effect on me in anyway. In fact they have actually given me a drive to finish everything I start no matter what. I have never quit a video game and that trait has followed me in everything I do whether it’s sports or academics. Also video games have let me tap into my creative side because all of the things you can do in them. They allow me to have a whole other universe at my fingertips. Also pertaining to the mention of violence in games, I agree that it is the person that is making the actions not the game. I personally use video games as stress reliever from everyday situations. I am able to submerge myself in this world and be another person who does not necessarily have any cares in the world. Sometimes all you need is a break from everything. Overall great article and it would be cool to see more articles on the benefits of video games.