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Kethen
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ankitaahirwar
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Video Games are a good thing

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Started: 10/14/2011 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Kethen

Pro

I am Pro for Video Games are a Good Thing. I will be supporting Video Games educational purpose and lack of negative side effects.
ankitaahirwar

Con

My dear opponent I would like to highlight that a recent content analysis by the research organization shows that.....a majority of video games include violence and about half of the violence would result in serious injuries or death in the"real" world. So it's a good source of time pass for only short period of time.
Debate Round No. 1
Kethen

Pro

It is unarguable that video games contain large amounts of violent content but that violent content in normal humans not predisposed to having violent behavior will not be any more violent than if they had never played any video games. In fact it will reduce their violent behavior because they can take out their anger for the outside world in a controlled environment.
It is proved that video games increase cognitive reasoning, spatial cognition, organizational skills, listening abilities and teach people to plan and think before they react. It is also agreed upon that many business owners prefer to higher people who play video games because the aspire to be greater.
There is no proven data that consistently says that regular people will be negatively affected at all by playing video games. Some will say it causes us to have ADHD and ADD tendencies, but I believe that is just how we receive information these days. We don't read whole magazines and papers. The news tell us 3-5 sentences stories and try to get as much info out as fast as possible.
One can not even argue it causes people to get fat because that is a personal choice. I played video games in High school everyday, but I also ran and lifted weights everyday. Plus, anymore video games are on the Kinect and other motion sensing games make you get up and move.
I don't know were you are going to get an argument in here.
ankitaahirwar

Con

This is not only about you.....this is for all.....you play video games, do exercise also....alright. But children who are not aware of its side effects...play it for a long time. This causes problems to their eyes and also they waste their time and not give their time to studies.....they don't care about it's side effects....they just think about their entertainment.
Debate Round No. 2
Kethen

Pro

Kethen forfeited this round.
ankitaahirwar

Con

My dear opponent I want you to know that some video games teach kids the wrong values. Violent behavior, vengeance and aggression are rewarded. Negotiating and other non violent solutions are often not options. Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative.
Debate Round No. 3
Kethen

Pro

My dear opponent I want you to know that some video games teach kids the wrong values. Violent behavior, vengeance and aggression are rewarded. Negotiating and other non violent solutions are often not options. Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative."

I am sorry if this sounds rude but have you ever played a video game? I am going to take on your statement backwards starting with "Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative."
1. Women are always made sexually provocative. Same as in reality. In fact I think most girls in real life are more provocative except they are not built like video game girls. Problem with this argument is that you are saying it is teaching girls to be provocative. Were that is the parents job to dictate. If one's child is walking around half naked instead of blaming video games maybe one should take some responsibility.
2. Women are portrayed as weaker and helpless. I am sorry and I am going to get attacked for this but it is a true statement. The hormones that grows facial hair is the same that grows muscle. Men are by nature stronger than woman. There is no argument that can defeat that unless the majority of women start growing facial hair more than the average male. Males are also on average any were between 40-100 pounds heavier than woman. I asked you if you play video games because in the last 10 years of gaming there is just as many B.A. women is games as men. Older games were focused on men so it wasn't trying to teach women are helpless it was just giving men a story they could relate to and get into. Just saying how many men would want to save a prince. Also just a side note how many men are taught to never hit a woman. Now how many women are taught to never hit a man? just saying
3.Many Many Many games don't have the technology to let you use non-violent options. That doesn't teach violence is a good thing though. In fact in many games like Fallout series where you do get the option to negotiate and not use violence your morals actually effect you quite a bit. In fallout New Vegas there was a land of crucifixions. I did everything in my power to save them and when I couldn't I almost broke down. It teaches morals if anything. Yet they still do not TEACH violence. If you are following ESRB rating then you wont buy a killing game for a kid under 17. Therefore parents are not taking responsibility. Lets say we are past that and the kids are playing killing games like I did. By saying it is teaching them violence then you would agree they are being taught violence over negotiate. In that case then why doesn't every kid in school fight instead of argue? Why are we not boxing right now?
4.Also vengeance and aggression are almost never rewarded. Anger is also kept under control because most video games require you to stay cool calm or collected because once you go crazy you get killed or something instantly.
Sorry I couldn't find many sources on this one but here is one source. http://www.cracked.com...

I think you guys should vote pro because I did prove instances were video games improved us. I also disproved or at least minimized almost all of my opponents arguments.
ankitaahirwar

Con

My worthy opponent as I said earlier - many surveys are taken and the result is that the video games are not a good thing.
So we cannot neglect them...some of them are -
The Entertainment Software Association states that 20% of video game players are boys under the age of 17, 26% are over 50 (regardless of gender), and that the average game player is 34. In a survey of 1,102 teenagers aged 12 to 17, 97% of them said that they play video games. The most concerning statistic has to deal with the fact that young people are routinely able to get their hands on video games that are rated "M" (mature) or "AO" (adults only); however, few games have earned the AO rating. Three-quarters of parents who were surveyed said that they check the ratings on their kid's games. However, half of the boys who were asked about their favorite game listed a game with an "M" or "AO" rating as their favorite, compared with 14% of girls.
And there are so many incidents in our society and they are taking place only because of the video games. We have to think about them also. One of them are -
- On November 29, 2010 in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16-year-old boy Kendall Anderson bludgeoned his mother to death in her sleep with a claw hammer after she took away his play station.
Many of the parents don't know about the games - how it is? They buy what their children say and even most of the children don't bother all about this. They only think about their entertainment and nothing more.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Kethen 3 years ago
Kethen
Sorry I didn't finish. I couldn't get on the internet. I have more comments to make but I didn't get here in time. So I will forever hold my peace.
Posted by ankitaahirwar 3 years ago
ankitaahirwar
Oh, so sorry.......
Posted by GaryBacon 3 years ago
GaryBacon
This debate was open just a minute ago! I was going to accept it, and suddenly I wasn't allowed. ankitaahirwar beat me to it.
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Reasons for voting decision: Renji has explained himself. It was difficult to see which side had better arguments, but I feel Pro elaborated on them a little more. But Pro did FF a round.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro started off with bad grammar in the begining so his sentence didn't make much sense. Pro FF a round and Con's arguments were much more general and specific including statistics in the last round. Neither had any sources
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Reasons for voting decision: Countering Multi's counter
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Reasons for voting decision: The first time I read this, I decided not to vote. It was a hard decision as neither side was particularly convincing. But after reading a second time, I do believe that Pro made more convincing arguments. Although it must be said that the arguments weren't THAT much more convincing. But enough to get the vote.