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.
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