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Gege
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nerdyandnotsoproud
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Are video games really really bad?

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Started: 12/6/2007 Category: Technology
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Gege

Con

I think that video games aren't really bad for you. I have learned many words, like execute and revive at the age of 5 thanks to video games. If they are played in moderation, I think it is fine.
nerdyandnotsoproud

Pro

what video games did you play that increased your vocab?? video games are a waste of time; they don't bring any merit and can often times be destructive. I've seen and heard of many people who end up wasting their lives on video games. They are addicting and it's best to stay away from them, trust me, I've been on that road before. Rather than playing video games, go play a real sport, instead of controlling a figure on the telly. Bottomline is that video games are bad and can easily waste your precious time.
Debate Round No. 1
Gege

Con

listen, im very skinny, never even had the flu, and i've always been one of the skinniest, and fit in my class. I play tons of sports all the time! Plus i've been playing video games since i was 5. I completly agree with you, that it can be addictive. But like i said, if you play in moderation, maybe 2 or 3 hours a week, you can learn how to solve puzzles, etc. When i was little i played Leap Frog, you know, those games for little kids, now i play brain age, games like that.
nerdyandnotsoproud

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Debate Round No. 2
Gege

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by HCPwns95 8 years ago
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i played an M rated game when i was 10 (GTA:SA)

come on ppls, kids are more mature than you think these days. parents have to treat kids more maturely because we arn't that childish.
Posted by heckler 9 years ago
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The people commenting made better arguments then the people debating. Also, the subject of the debate was waaay too generalized. You fail.
Posted by ceaser 9 years ago
ceaser
video games arent bad for people. what needs to happen is parents need to tell their kids that they can not play games that arent rated for them, ie: 12yr old playing M rated game. parents also should set limits on time spent on games per day/week. there are many games out there that use violence and thinking skills to achieve a goal. for example, the Total War games for PC have you lead a campaign in history to build a mighty empire. you have to use your battle tactics but also tactics in diplomacy and settlement control.

saying video games are bad because they are violent is stupid. you want kids outside playing a sport or something, but most sports like football, hockey, and more use violence to achieve a goal, like video games.
Posted by Ozymandias 9 years ago
Ozymandias
I would argue that video games are arguably better than television is. There is a common perception out there that video games are entirely based on reflexes and smashing buttons really quickly, but, in general, this is not the case. Most modern games require a good deal of quick thinking and problem solving.

Even fighting games like Mortal Kombat do have some degree, at the higher levels, of having to outwit your opponents. Furthermore, video games in general typically require you to quickly learn rule systems that are often very complex and find the best strategies within these rules.

There have even been studies, and it was found that surgeons who regularly play video games actually perform faster and make fewer mistakes than those surgeons who do not.

It is true that video games, if taken to the extreme, can be detrimental; this is true of just about anything. Take too much medicine and you'll poison yourself. Eat too much and you'll become obese. In moderation, however, they can actually be helpful.
Posted by christ88 9 years ago
christ88
Gege, while certain games may help you "learn how to solve puzzles," you're arguing about a tree rather than the forest you brought up. You begin the argument that video games, as in all, "aren't really bad for you," but then focus on educational or brain stimulating games. The fact is that "of the 70 top-selling video games found 49 percent contained serious violence. In 41 percent of all games, violence was necessary for the protagonists to achieve their goals. In 17 percent of the games, violence was the primary focus of the game itself." - ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2005) — EAST LANSING, Mich. http://www.sciencedaily.com...

That's 41% of you're games right there down the toilet for being educational and helpful. These statistics don't even include mindless sport games, sexual driven games, or the new fad, Guitar Hero. Think broad spectrum for your argument, or change your thesis.
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