The Instigator
mongeese
Pro (for)
Winning
17 Points
The Contender
grayron
Con (against)
Losing
0 Points

Video Games have made a positive impact on our everyday lives.

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mongeese
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/5/2009 Category: Technology
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 9,963 times Debate No: 7698
Debate Rounds (3)
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mongeese

Pro

Video Games are the source of many positive things in our lives, such as technology advancements and entertainment, and are not just a waste of time. I'll prove it later.
grayron

Con

I accept your challenge.

I believe video games have negatively impacted our country because of violence in video games and obesity.

I don't know the rest of your arguements so I will leave it at that.
Debate Round No. 1
mongeese

Pro

I thank my opponent for accepting my challenge.

Now for some specific points:

1. Video games encourage learning and activity
Many video games are used as educational tools rather than just education. Some games, including Brain Age, are used to test math and reading skills, and neurologists suggest using the game to prevent Alzheimer's, as seen here (http://ds.ign.com...) and here (http://www.usatoday.com...). Additionally, Wii Fit and Wii Sports encourage fitness, especially Wii Fit, which has been proven to help people lose weight, and is used in physical therapy. (http://videogames.yahoo.com...)

2. Video games improve our technology beyond video games
Video game companies are always looking for new technological improvements to get an edge over other companies, such as Nintendo's most recent motion-sensing came console, the Wii. However, such technological advancements do not just show in video games, but also in other industries. I heard from an Anadarko computer scientist about how the graphic cards designed to improve video games is also used to enhance MRI scans and the maps produced by seismic waves so that oil companies can locate oil deposits and find clues to the Earth's geologic past.

3. Video games provide entertainment
People play video games because they are fun. People give video games great reviews because they think that they are fun. Here is an example of a happy person who is happy because of a video game: http://www.gamefaqs.com...
I don't think I need to explain that one much more.

And now, to attack your two points:

4. Video games are no more violent than TV shows and movies
A video game rated E is just as violent as a movie rated PG. A video game rated T is just as violent as a movie rated PG-13. Do you have any proof that video games inspire violence.

5. Video games do not encourage obesity
Just look at the argument about Wii Sports and Wii Fit, two video games that are designed to fight America's obesity problem. Plus, video games are better than just watching TV, as you are actually moving your fingers, and perhaps your whole body, and diet problems are more likely to lead to obesity.

Again, I thank my opponent for participating, and I welcome his response.
grayron

Con

"1. Video games encourage learning and activity"
This point is true for some games but we know this isn't true most of them. Most games are hours worth of brainless activity. The games that help learning are more popular now but not throughout the history of video games. Video games have replaced playing outside and reading a book.

"2 Video games improve our technology beyond video games "
"3. Video games provide entertainment"

This stuff doesn't make something good. Nuck bombs make advancements in other areas of science such as energy. (Of course I don't find video games that bad) Entertainment is something we will still have without video games. Entertainment can have negative impacts.

Impacts on behavior and culture
Computer, television, and video game increases are now used in a growing trend of neglect. People are talking to their kids for 5 minutes and then given a video game so they will be left alone for hours. Kids are also becoming much more in need of entertainment things like cellphones and gameboys like never before.
Debate Round No. 2
mongeese

Pro

I thank my opponent for responding.

"This point is true for some games but we know this isn't true most of them. Most games are hours worth of brainless activity. The games that help learning are more popular now but not throughout the history of video games. Video games have replaced playing outside and reading a book."
A large number of video games have some sort of educational application, whether it be strategy, math, or direct learning. This is especially frequent with the computer games that younger kids play, such as The ClueFinders (http://en.wikipedia.org...) or Zoombinis (http://en.wikipedia.org...). Video games have been proven to improve attention skills (http://www.nature.com... & http://www.bcs.rochester.edu...), and many apply basic or complex math that players have to figure out by themselves in order to play the game effectively or optimally. Take the Pokļæ½mon franchise, for example. The game revolves around numbers, and anyone who plays the game will have to use math. I experienced this effect myself. Just look at how complicated such a game can be: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net.... Also, games are not "brainless activity". In a book called "Everything Bad is Good for You", Steven Johnson talks about how video games require more brainpower than board games, as you need quick thinking and fine motor skills, while common board games usually do not have this requirement.

"This stuff doesn't make something good. Nuck bombs make advancements in other areas of science such as energy. (Of course I don't find video games that bad) Entertainment is something we will still have without video games. Entertainment can have negative impacts."

Nuck bomb? I'm afraid I don't know what that is, and both Wikipedia and Google aren't giving me any results from which I can deride a conclusion. As for technological advancements, I have already proven my point, but if you need more, here you go. Surgeons who play video games are proven to be more efficient in their work, which means the difference between life and death for many people. Just try to tell those people that there isn't any positive impact.(http://psychcentral.com...) If you try to argue that some people have killed themselves over World of Warcraft, well, that's just Darwin's natural selection weeding out the inept among us. Additionally, computer simulations have been used by the U.S. Military to train soldiers without having to perform costly real-life, dangerous simulations. (http://www.eric.ed.gov...)
Computer simulations are just another form of video game. Finally, "Entertainement can have negative impacts." Like what? I can't counter an example that isn't here.

"Computer, television, and video game increases are now used in a growing trend of neglect. People are talking to their kids for 5 minutes and then given a video game so they will be left alone for hours. Kids are also becoming much more in need of entertainment things like cellphones and gameboys like never before."

Again, you have no proof. This is just a technology addiction that occurs whenever any new technology is introduced. After being introduced to something as great as video games, people want to play them. Also, I'm sure that parents are still communicating with their kids as much as they need to be, and if they aren't, I doubt that video games are to blame.

Video Games have made a positive impact on our everyday lives. They have provided happiness, entertainment, education, technology, skills, activity, and thinking. If it weren't for video games, we'd be more bored, we'd be poorer, we'd be dumber, we'd have less fine motor skills, and some of us wouldn't even be alive. That is why I urge everyone to vote PRO.
grayron

Con

grayron forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
I won this debate.

PRO gave contentions that were never responded to properly, and CON never supported her own contentions properly.
Posted by tvann5m 8 years ago
tvann5m
sad con sad sad sad. i think you would have lost anyways but that dosn't matter.
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
The one thing you really need to work on is your sourcing.
Posted by grayron 8 years ago
grayron
I forgot about the 24 hour reply time. I was busy. Sorry! It was good though I didn't come in the debate with the better arguments.
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
Oh, snap, deride=derive, whoops...
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
I wish I thought of that a bit earlier. Here's the definition of video game from http://dictionary.reference.com...:
any interactive game operated by computer circuitry
Posted by crackofdawn_Jr 8 years ago
crackofdawn_Jr
Defining "video game" would have been helpful. Otherwise, this is so far a good debate.
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
May this be the last thing posted here for a while by I. May my opponent respond quickly and may the voting period begin. May a mouse never leave your girdle with a teardrop in its eye. May government stop spending out and become sane again.
Posted by wjmelements 8 years ago
wjmelements
"Pro wasn't your picture just a ninja or was that my imagination."

So you're imagining ninjas?
Posted by mongeese 8 years ago
mongeese
It was, but I just changed it. The ninja was a placeholder until I thought of something better.
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