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Video games are good for you.

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Started: 5/1/2012 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I am supporting that video games are good for you because of the following reasons.

Video games make you more creative. (1) A study conducted by Michigan State University, published online in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, suggests that kids who play video games tend to be more creative. I'm not sure exactly how you measure a person's creativity levels, but maybe video game designers should fine-tune their games to develop even more creativity with users.

Fast action video games "help train people to make quick, accurate decisions in all aspects of life, new findings suggest. When you are facing a challenging problem in a video game, you need a fast reaction to solve the problem. Video games can help fine-tune your brain.

Studies show that video games can help increase your attention span, improving people's driving skills and abilities to multi-task. When you are in a video game, you cannot be distracted because of the possibility of losing,

There are many more reasons that video games are good for you. I will release the rest of my information if the challenger has a good enough debate.



Thank you for challenging me. I will be in the position that video games are not good overall.


Contention 1- Addictive
Addiction is defined as "The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or involved insomething." People who have really been into video games has experienced this. Many people think about getting home and playing games. They spend a great amount of time reading gaming magazines, participating in online gaming forums, looking for future game releases, and of course, spending countless hours playing games. When they aren't doing any of these things, they're wishing they were. This takes so much time and there is little things educational to it.

Contention 2- Expensive
In order to stay current with the latest video games and hardware, you must spend money. Many people
spend all of their money on gaming. It is really common fora gamer to have 50-100 games that cost $40-$50 each. They often
have at least 2 different game consoles ($50-200) and 1 high-end PC($600-2000). This adds up to thousands of dollars a

Contention 3- Video Games Hurt Relationships
There is a direct relationship with the amount of time spent playing video games, and the amount of time spent in a quality relationship. In the most extreme example case I could find, there was a couple that were so consumed in video games that they ended up neglecting their 3 children to the point that they were malnourished, naked, and covered in their own feces. Although that's an extreme case, I still think there's something to be said about people who spend the majority of their free time playing video games. They're probably not dating or pursuing a meaningful relationship in their free

Contention 4- Video Games are distracting and cause procrastination
Intense video gamers usually don't get much done. Reading a book, paying bills, writing an article, inventing something, mowing
the lawn, etc... are simply not a priority when it comes to getting to the next level or finishing a game. Many people have things
they would like to do in life, but they never get around to it, because they spend so much of their time playing games. Then, when
they do have time to work on one of their projects, they are tired because they stayed up to 3 AM playing games.

Contention 5- Video Games can rob you of real life
Instead of taking a trip, mountain biking, or interacting with friends, video game addicts spend their time in a virtual reality. Whereas real life experiences bear long lasting friendships and memories, video games do not. Living means interacting, growing, learning, teaching, and loving, none of which can be accomplished in the virtual wasteland of video games.

Contention 6- Health
According to, videogames can harm peoples' health. It is hard to get enough exercise if you are always inside playing video games. Without exercise, people can get overweight.
Contention 7- Academics
A video game addict spends too much
time on video games, making school and homework a second priority. Studies show that students who spend hours playing video games do not progress as quickly in school compared to students who don't play video games.
Contention 8- Alters Brain Functions
According to Science Daily, a study by the Indiana University School of Medicine found that sustained changes in the region of the brain associated with cognitive function and emotional control were found in young adult men. These changes altered the functions of the brain.


1. There are many other ways to be creative, ways that will not damage your health, relationships, and your brain. As I showed above, video games have a bad affect on your brain.

2. When you are tired from playing untill 3AM, you will not make fast or very good decisions. As I proved above, video games damage your brain by altering cognitive senses. Which source is more accurate, Science Daily or Some random person's blog?

3. "You cannot be distracted" No, you are distracted from life by the video game.

Video games are bad overall.

Debate Round No. 1


aditk96 forfeited this round.


Why did you challenge me if your not going to post?
Debate Round No. 2


aditk96 forfeited this round.


You are just going to challenge me and waste my time and use, "Not everyone is on DDO 24 hours a day!" as an excuse. Vote PRO.
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by 1dustpelt 4 years ago
Ha, and you said you were going to win!
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