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Video Games are better than Movies.

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Started: 8/22/2016 Category: Entertainment
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For starters, I love both video games AND movies, but I find video games far more entertaining. Thus, I will be arguing the point that video games are the better medium. Con must argue the opposite.

Ground rules:
1: No cursing.
2: No personal attacks, otherwise you forfeit.
3: Stay on point. No semantics, kritiks, etc.

If there are any rules for common decency I missed, feel free to let me know and we can apply them before we begin.

Round 1: Acceptance
Round 2: Beginning Arguments
Round 3: Rebuttals and Counter-Arguments
Round 4: Closing Thoughts

I'm leaving this as an Open Debate in case my preferred opponent, Phenenas, refuses for any reason.


I too love video games and movies and but in my belief I find movies more suited for someone like me who enjoys great directing and for a short period I wanted to work in the film industry. I'm looking forward to how you respond to this arguments and remember neither is better is't all personal preference.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting the debate, ThatGuy.

You haven't really presented arguments, per say. You've simply stated you prefer the directing and wanted to work in film. Nothing to argue, really.

It is really preference, but here's why I prefer video games;

{{I: Player Choice}}

With a movie, once you've seen it, you know everything that will happen, in what order, and in what way. You'll always know that Darth Vader throws Palpatine over the railing and into the chasm to save Luke at the end of Star Wars Episode VI. Woody and the gang are always saved from incineration by the three-eyed alien toys in Toy Story 3. Nothing changes.

With video games, on the other hand, even if it's Call of Duty, the action can change. Will you clear that room of enemies with a grenade? Or will you use a knife? Perhaps you'll just use your guns? The whole point is YOU control the action. This fact is made even more true in games like Minecraft. Your character is plopped down into an open world where you can craft, build, or fight. If you want to restrict yourself to using only leather armor and wood weapons, go for it! Hate violence? Play as a pacifist on Peaceful Mode, and just build a home, craft a ship, or go big and construct a castle. In fact, in Super Paper Mario, one of the first things you can do is refuse to even take part in the story, resulting in an immediate 'Game Over'. [1]

Admittedly, yes, even most video games have set storylines to follow and unchangeable scenes to sit through, but it's effectively impossible for any medium to not have some kind of story. The only art mediums that seem to have no requirement for a plot are sculpting and painting, and even then I'd argue the story lies with the ispiration or the message behind them. However, that is a discussion for another time.

{{2: Various Benefits}}

Honestly, this my final reason, since visuals, soundtrack, and storylines are personal preference.

Study after study has shown that playing video games improves hand-eye coordination[2] and cognition[3]. Studies have linked them to aggression and anti-social behavior, but others have found the exact opposite as well[4]. Video games and violence is a hot topic that is still up in the air, but with the rise of the popularity of video games, violent crime has gone down at a similar rate[5: Charts 13-20].

Have any studies shown watching movies has benefits? I've personally never heard of anything of the sort, so I Googled it for argument's sake.

I must say, video games and movies are quite similar. Feel free to spring-board off of that, guy. (See what I did there?)

I'll be waiting with bated breath for your response.


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