Are Video Games Good? Or Bad?
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Video games are bad for numerous reasons. One reason they are bad is that video games are addicting. Spending too much time playing video games can be terrible for your life and ruin you by damaging your health and ruining your social skills. I know that you can argue about how you communicate to people online over games but that doesn't make that much of an impact. You should be instead meeting people face to face other than over the internet. Numerous studies have also shown that gamers are more likely to be diagnosed with disorders such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety which can really hurt your health. In 2005 a gamer in Shanghai named Qiu Chengwei stabbed his friend to death when he had found out that his friend had sold a virtual sword belonging to Qiu Chengwei for approximately $738. This is only one out of tons of other scenarios where video games have endangered a persons health. Video games as well pull you in to buy their products which I understand is your choice but for people with no self control will end up spending lots of their money for just a virtual item that has little to almost no meaning. Being addicted to video games is like in some cases of being addicted to a drug. For example people that are addicted to a drug can't stop using that drug and their life becomes dependent on it. For people that are addicted to video games, their life as well will become dependent on video games and the virtual world, which can interfere with your life socially, mentally, physically, economically, and in some cases religiously. Another example of how video games are relatable to drugs is that both end up consuming your money especially for people with no self control. For both video games and drugs people can end up spending hundreds to thousands of dollars for things that will hurt your life more.
There are many more efficent and productive ways to meet people online and/or communicate long distances. Skype for example can do that easily without have the addictive temptaion of video games. While you say studies have shown that video games helps people that have undergone sugery, studies have also shown how many people have died for the addiction of video games. Video games however does help the econmomy somewhat and provide more jobs, but the professinal gamers that you see on Esports are not health at all. In fact the average 20 year old professinal gamer has the same body health as a 60 year old. I've even met some in person and as you might think that gaming is very social; not these guys. Last year I went to Seattle for the Dota 2 championship and I actually met a professional gamer in person. He was very social awkward and seemed very unhealthy (very skinny). I agree there are games out there which give exercise but look at the percentage of people who play video games to people who play exercise video games. Thge percentage is really low. As you continue to say that pro gamers are sharp-minded remeber that some od them never went to college and played video games all day while you could be learning about the world instead is learning about a specific game. Just think about it there are many more benifits you can get from not playing video games and getting out of a virtual world and getting into a real one.
Now, onto side pro's arguments. Video games:
- can help people cope with difficult events, during difficult times
Many people, in their lives, have felt loss, or sorrow, or simply depressed. Whatever the reason, people like to keep themselves distracted from whatever happened, in order to cope with it. I can speak from personal experience. So can the millions of gamers who play games. What does side pro find so wrong in a cause that helps people cope with their losses?
-help organizations speak out for causes
As you already know, gamers amount in the millions. So, it would be a good marketing strategy for these big organizations that speak out for different things, such as global warming, domestic and animal abuse, anti-drug addiction, social justice issues, and so many more, to advertise, incorporate their ideas in, and orient their causes into video games. It would be spread far and wide, and would be talked about very often. It would also shed some light on how video games can do good in the world.
I have already stated many arguments (without explaining in detail) on my first argument, so, if you feel there is a lack of arguments in this contention, feel free to revisit the older ones, and think critically about them.
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