When people say "Video games make our kids violent," I simply sigh. There is multiple reasons that video games aren't a benefit, but if you think about it, the pros outweigh the cons. People say that all games are like Halo or Call of Duty and are nothing except for people shooting things, and being mean online. Is this really what games encourage? These two games are prime examples of people simply not knowing what the game is actually about. Games like Call of Duty could be taken as pointing and shooting, but when you get down to it, just like any team activity, people working together are the ones that are the most successful in the game and out of it. There are plenty of games that support this two, which brings us to our other game that we have mentioned by the name of Halo. This game has taught me as a person a lot about teamwork. One vehicle found in this game is called the Warthog. With this vehicle in a "Mindless Shooter" I have learned about teamwork because this vehicle can have three people: a driver, a gunner, and a passenger. Without a strategy, and without teamwork, this vehicle is basically useless, a lone turret or a person frantically trying to ram people with an easy to dodge car, but with teamwork, you can have a driver getting you around the map with a gunner in the back and someone using a weapon of their choice in the passenger seat. How would you take down something like this? Well with another life lesson this game deploys upon its players, strategy. Is the whole enemy team flying around in a plane? Are they hiding in the corner of the map sniping anything in their line of sight? How about hunting as a pack with close range weapons of their choices? The game isn't dragging anything down, if you think your kid sees someone in a game say one bad word and you take the game from them completely because it might be an influence? Is there too much blood? None of these things are influencing your child, thats something you are doing yourself. Someone who sees video games as violent could be correct, they can be violent at times, thats what age recommendations are for. Take a little bit to think, if video games are violent, is real life all that different?
I am arguing that kids should not play video games. However, I would like to clarify somethings.
First off, I do not consider simulators gaming. So, driving/racing simulators, flying simulators and natural disaster simulators are not considered video games.
Second, I will consider people below 16 years old kids for the simple reason that 16 years old is when people can think for themselves and hold responsibility for their actions and therefore gain the ability to control themselves.
Third, things that can be learned *comparably easily* without the use of video games are not considered valid. By comparably easily, I mean it won't more time consuming, it won't be more expensive and it won't be as harmful.
I will not rebuttal in the acceptance round and I hope you will repeat your arguments in the first argument round as this is the proper format. However, I do appreciate the fact that you gave me an overlay of your strategies.