Video-Games Are Beneficial Towards Children
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They may not be as beneficial as exercising, but video games were never meant to let people exercise, despite the numerous (failed) attempts at doing so such as the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move, Kinect, and Arcade Fitness Games. Lego's? What does that have to do with gaming? Anyways, there's a game called Minecraft, and you may want to look into that if you think Lego is more beneficial than video games.
As with socializing, I completely agree that it is taking away talking face to face. Let's be honest, we all don't want to listen to those little kids and hardcore fanboys screaming and raging through our headsets just because they were emotionally offended by our opinions, right? People like them are what ruins the reputation of gaming.
Yes, reading should be the basic foundation of developing literature skills, but again, let's be honest, no kid (except for parents who force them to) is going to read books on their spare time. Also, text in video games are much bigger and easier to see, allowing the readers to read it much easier as it also appears on-screen very slowly!
One more thing before I am done my rebuttal, you contradicted yourself when you said that video games are not beneficial by saying the opposite at the end of your argument. I understand that you won't learn much when compared to other activities, but you have to understand that video games are entertainment devices, not virtual simulators meant to specifically be very beneficial to us.
In Minecraft, you actually have to not only place blocks, but also move around, change the camera angle, mine for the resources, craft the resources to make the blocks, and other things. With Lego, you only decide how to build - you don't decide how to move the character, you don't decide how to gather the resources necessary to craft them to make it into useful objects, and you don't decide the textures, materials, and color shade.
Video games actually can help you develop your literature skills, maybe not to the point of being a scholar if you read actual novels, but still helps nonetheless. Just like how books are made for different audiences, video games are too. The more mature a game is, the more complex language it has for you to read (and more inappropriate, but that is a given). That's why I was able to understand many words that other people my age could not understand when I was 6 after playing Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Like I said before, video games are meant for entertainment. I am just trying to point out the many benefits it has that many are unaware or ignore of because they are ignorant.
Now about Minecraft being compared to Legos. Lego actually does not have nearly enough shades and textures as Legos. Does Legos have every single shade that is part of the CMYK or light spectrum? I don't think so. Neither does Minecraft, but it's still alot compared to Lego. As for the textures, there are many different textures for the blocks alone; I'm not even going to mention the textures for the characters, items, monsters, and weapons as that would take forever. Just for the generic block alone, there are textures (or shades) of every color of the color wheel/rainbow and there are textures for every material/resource available, which include wood, stone, sand, water, lava, snow, bed-rock, diamond, coal, steel, dirt, grass, leaves, glass, and much much more.
When I mean moving the character, I mean moving the character and the camera simultaneously, not something the average person can easily do. Pressing the arrow keys or the W, A, S, D keys alone is pretty easy to pull off, but that alone cannot allow you to move the character. You must also take the camera into consideration as pressing the left and right commands only makes you shift left and right. You do not actually turn around or rotate and start moving in that direction. That's why you must use both simultaneously; and believe me, try to only use the moving keys and not using the mouse to move - you will most likely fail in survival mode or build oddly-shaped things in creative mode for not controlling the character properly.
There are also other things that you must do in order to succeed or to play Minecraft to the fullest. Like I don't know, maybe trying to stay full from hunting animals and eating plants; trying to avoid and/or kill the monsters that lurk out at night; trying to build structures that are only limited by your imagination (Lego can never do that, it is limited to the amount of blocks you have); knowing how to use mods to mess around with it (mods are allowed and are actually provided by Mojang themselves); avoiding places or things that can deplete your health; gathering resources to build a shelter, weapons, and other useful stuff to stay alive at night; and so much more stuff that not even the most hardcore of Minecraft gamers know about yet?
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Vote Placed by Luxray2854 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro really nailed this debate, good job.
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