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Boooo72
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IronCurx
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Video Games teach you life skillz

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IronCurx
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/2/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Boooo72

Pro

This is a legitement argument. I believe that video game can teach you many skills based on what you play. I will show some examples proved by science in round 2. This is just a time to get your thoughts out. please accept.
IronCurx

Con

I accept this debate and wish my opponent a good debate.
Debate Round No. 1
Boooo72

Pro

Through your controller, you are Link, the valiant adventurer, navigating a virtual icy cave in search of a coveted Heart Piece. In order to uncover the prize, though, you must figure out three of the cave's puzzles consisting of several large blocks of ice. After scratching your head in bewilderment -- and maybe even letting out an exasperated sigh -- you move the blocks in the correct north, east, south and west combinations and hear the sweet sound of victory. You've mastered the challenge, and at last, the Heart Piece is yours!
Solving a difficult video game puzzle is not only exhilarating, but the hard work and knowledge it takes to succeed can make you feel pretty smart, too. The games in the "The Legend of Zelda" series aren't the only ones that can teach life skills like perseverance and critical thinking. Competitive sports games like "Madden NFL" and puzzle-heavy games like "Portal 2" teach kids the importance of good decision-making, planning and communicating effectively. And that's only where the learning begins -- there are numerous video games that are capable of teaching much more.
However, a note for parents: Be careful to pay attention to the Entertainment Software Rating Board's (ESRB) rating of a game before you allow your child to play it. Like movie ratings, the ESRB reviews and rates games according to their content. The ratings are:
EC (Early Childhood): Games with this rating are suitable for children 3 and older.
E (Everyone): Games with this rating are suitable for anyone 6 or older.
E10+ (Everyone 10+): Games with this rating are suitable for anyone 10 or older.
T (Teen): Games with this rating are suitable for anyone 13 or older.
M (Mature): Games with this rating are only suitable for persons 17 or older.
AO (Adults Only): Games with this rating are only suitable for those aged 18 and above.
RP (Rating Pending): Games with this rating have not yet been reviewed by the ESRB. This rating generally only appears on marketing and advertising for games that have yet to be released.
Click over to the next page to find out which games can improve kids' social interactions and problem-solving skills.
All info found at http://electronics.howstuffworks.com...
I wish my opponent the best of luck
IronCurx

Con

To begin with I would like to point out that Pro copy and pasted the entire argument from the link that he provided.

Pro states that video games teach strategy, the problem with this argument is that it takes minimum knowledge and strategy to play one of the popular video games. Although there are some interesting and strategizing games like Bejeweled, Picross and Brain Age, the majority of the selling video games do not incorporate strategy overmuch. Call of Duty, League of Legends, Halo, Mario, Watchdogs, etc. does not incorporate a lot of strategy. The main problem with this argument is that kids do not like games that require a person to think, they are content with pressing buttons and mowing down enemies. Statistics to back that up is that League of Legends has more than 32 million different active players in a month, has more than 12 million daily players, and adds a billion hours every month, and has more than 4.1 million Facebook likes, I challenge you to find statistics of a strategic video game that exceeds this.

Pro also believes that video games teach perseverance. But does it? Let's face it in real life video games that need a significant amount of strategic thinking don"t really sell well. No one would want to play a game where you fail a lot, although parents would encourage the playing of such video games, children absolutely detest these games, and unless it"s really popular, it wouldn't be so successful.

Pro also states that video games teach good decision making, a major flaw in this argument is that there are many different types of decision making. The definition of a life skill as stated by dictionary.com is: "the ability to cope with stresses and challenges of daily life, esp. skills in communication and literacy, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning". The decision on whether to use your grenade of a rifle is does not enhance the quick decision making you need to buy stocks on Wall Street, nor does it improve your reflexes on how to get out of a sticky situation.

Video games do on some level make you feel "smart". But this smartness does not transfer over to life skills, learning something new also makes you feel "smart" and while making you feel smart, it does actually make you smarter. Whereas video games do not make you any smarter in the academic field, making it unwanted.
I look forward to hearing your side of the debate.

Sources:
http://www.destructoid.com...
http://dictionary.reference.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Boooo72

Pro

Boooo72 forfeited this round.
IronCurx

Con

The burden of proof is on the side of pro, and since he/she has not posted anything this round I do not have anything to refute, all the same, I will provide some arguments for pro and refute those, please keep this in mind when you vote.

Argument 1: Simulation Video Games can help you prepare for real life.

Sadly, this is not the case. The daily mail reports that video games distort the boundaries between fantasy and reality. A study shows that frequent video game players often integrate parts of video game into real life, a process researchers call game transfer phenomena. Gamers have often reported that they had an impulse to resolve real-life issues using game elements or as the character from a game would. Racing game that people think would improve your handling teach you how to perform flat spin, barrel rolls, long air times, and knockdowns. People who often play first person shooters might have a sudden impulse to solve an argument by shooting a person, asphalt 8 players may experience a desire to get out of a traffic jam by going over a ramp to the other side of the divider, race forward and smash back. Since video games distort the gap between reality and fantasy, it definitely does not help one prepare for real life, nor does it develop the much coveted life skills.

Argument 2: Video Games benefit multitasking skills.

Do multitasking skills really increase the ability to face the stress of daily life? Apparently not, in a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Joshua Rubinstein, David Meyer, and Jeffrey Poldrack found that multitasking does not in reality save time. They showed our brains do not do things at the same time, rather they focus on one task for a bit then quickly shift over to the other, when playing a first person shooter our brains quickly alternate between the moving aspect and the shooting. Because our brains needs to continually reorient themselves it takes longer for a multi tasker to do the two things at the same time because the switching period is extended over a long period of time. In fact people consider "multitaskers" to be really distracted students and adults. So in conclusion multitasking does not help with life skills.

Sources:
http://www.nhs.uk...
http://www.nea.org...
Debate Round No. 3
Boooo72

Pro

Boooo72 forfeited this round.
IronCurx

Con

Since Pro forfeited I have nothing to say. Vote Con
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Flipper72725 2 years ago
Flipper72725
Spelling obviously isn't one of them.
Posted by Shadow-Dragon 2 years ago
Shadow-Dragon
They certainly did not teach you spelling.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro gave great examples on how video games can teach you life skills. Con said the MAJORITY don't, which isn't really anything against what Pro stated. Unfortunately, Pro both forfeited and copied his entire argument from his only source.