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Are Video Games Beneficial?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/12/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Parents should stop looking down on games. Video games are good for people because they help develop and improve everyday skills. Video games also has so much more positives than negatives to it.
One of the reason why video games are good for people is because they can improve their problem solving skills. "Researchers were citing data collected on students who reported playing strategic video games has improved their problem solving skills." So playing a simple game like Bloons Tower Defense on the phone could help.
A lot of people might think that playing video games ruins vision, but its the exact opposite of what people say. Gamers actually have better vision than the average person who does not play a lot of games. "Video games players may get an unexpected benefit" better vision." Playing games that makes players focus on more than one object at a time could be the very reason why gamers have better eyesight. For example, first person shooters focuses on aiming at the target in a big fast changing envirovent. Now that would give your eye a good workout.
Video games can not only improve problem solving skills, but it can also relieve a lot of stress. Simple and relaxing games can easily improve a players mood. "Games that can be easily started and played quickly, even if the content is simple, can improve a players mood."
Not many will believe this, but video games actually can improve school grades. Games that include puzzles could improve a students grades. Studies show that "a correlation in the frequency of a students strategic video game play and improved grades and problem solving skills the following school year."
Video games can take away valuable family time because it can be addicting. So addicting, that gamers spend over three billion hours per week spending playing video games worldwide. "5 million gamers in the U.S". are spending more than 40 hours a week playing games -- the equivalent of a full time job!" Now, instead of playing the game alone, families can join the fun too. Most Wii games have a lot of games that encourage others to join and play. "Can video games be used to bring families together over the holidays? Absolutely!"
Video games will help more in life than what most parents might think. It can help improve problem solving skills, relieve a lot of stress, and even improve grades. If video games had so much positive effects why would so much people make false assumptions about video games being bad for the human mind and body?

Work Cited
Enayati, Amanda. "MediaShift." PBS. PBS, 15 Mar. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

Tumbokon, Chacha. "Raise Smart Kid." Raise Smart Kid. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014.

Foley, James A. "Video Games, Even Violent Ones, Aren't All Bad for You."Nature World News RSS. N.p., 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

McGonigal, Jane. "We Spend 3 Bill A Converion Hours a Week as a Planet Playing Videogames. Is It worth It? How Could It Be MORE worth It?"We Spend 3 Billion Hours a Week as a Planet Playing Videogames. Is It worth It? How Could It Be MORE worth It? N.p., 15 Feb. 2011. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.

Handwerk, Brian. "Video Games Improve Vision, Study Says." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 29 Mar. 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2014.

McCready, Amy. "Can Video Games Bring Families Closer Together Over the Holidays? - Positive Parenting Solutions." Positive Parenting Solutions. N.p., 16 Dec. 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.


The Pro is suggesting that video games are beneficial. What it is beneficial for has not been defined. "Are video games beneficial" cannot be interpreted as anything but "Are [all] video games beneficial [for everything]". My task as Con must then be to show that video games have not only positive effects on anything it is related to. Video games can have both negative effects, and positive effects, no matter the topic. Notice that Pro in the third sentence of the first round states, "Video games also has so much more positives than negatives to it", admitting there are negative sides to video games as well as positive sides.

Pro argues that video games can improve vision. An article by a vision expert states: "Prolonged game play without significant breaks can cause eye focusing problems, as well as eye irritation." To support this claim the expert has a Bachelor"s degree in Biology and a doctorate degree in optometry. Clearly, video games also have negative effects on vision.

Pro also mentions that playing games can improve school grades. Watching television and playing video games in the weekdays will hurt school performance. Certain games, mostly games for education purposes, can improve grades. Playing a game in another language, whatever you want to learn, can help. However, every moment spent on video games that could have been spent studying will decrease school performance. There negative effects here as well.

These two arguments are sufficient to disprove Pro"s claim that video games are beneficial. Video games are not beneficial in all aspects and interpretations. Finally I point to the "burden of proof". It is the Pro's task of proving or showing that video games only are beneficial, as the Pro is the Instigator in this debate.

Citations and Sources

Bedinghaus, Troy. "Playing Video Games May Cause Eyestrain". About. Article updated 4 / September / 2013. Viewed 12 / December / 2014.

Johnson, Carla. The Associated Press. "Study: TV, gaming hurts school performance". USA today. Article from 10 / February / 2006. Viewed 12 / December / 2014
Debate Round No. 1


Danbee forfeited this round.


My opponent has forfeited this round. Vote Con.

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Debate Round No. 2


Danbee forfeited this round.


My opponent has not rebutted any of my arguments, and has chosen to forfeit round 2 and round 3. I take it that Pro either accepts that I am correct, or has no more arguments to present. Either way, my opponent has lost the debate due to full forfeit. Vote Con.

Arguments extended.

I would like to thank my opponent for this debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Gordontrek 1 year ago
I'm confuzzled. Video games may indeed have positive aspects, but they CAN and DO indeed cause lots of harm. Am I supposed to argue against the notion that video games can do no wrong?
Posted by Atmas 1 year ago
I agree, but you should probably define what your opponent is supposed to argue. They can't very well argue that video games are not beneficial, as just about anything can be considered that way. Instead, I think, "Video games do more good than harm", would have better a more on-topic title.
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