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whitesoxfan450
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DrAcula
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Video games are not bad

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Started: 12/11/2007 Category: Technology
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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whitesoxfan450

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There is nothing wrong with playing video games. It is just an innocent hobby, and even an occupation for some people. Video game systems, such as the Wii, have actually helped people in Rehab! How can anyone say they are bad?
DrAcula

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So this is going to be my first test as debating a side i don't support, but here it goes:

Video games are, for the most part bad. Not only do a lot of them contribute to obesity, but some of them are the catalysts that trigger a psychopath. Time could be better spent in a book, or out with friends.

yes, some are good, such as the Wii, but for the most part, it is unneeded simulation. If you see something in a game and think it looks cool, such as skateboarding, you may want to take it up in real life. But that future hobby could be quite dangerous, not only could it be about killing people, but it could be as simple as skydiving, which could result in your death.
Debate Round No. 1
whitesoxfan450

Pro

Video games do not always contribute to obesity. Playing for about 2 hours a day isn't going to make you obese. Also, in the Wii's case, you actually move. Video games don't trigger a psychopath. They are actually used as a way for friends to communicate, and share time together. They also raise hand-eye co-ordination.

To extend that, here is an example. I have a cousin in California I rarely see. We both have Xbox 360's, and Halo 3. Just recently, we have often played together. Halo is fun for the both of us, and is a common hobby. Along with that, Xbox Live allows us to talk, just as we are next to each other. We ask each other how things are going, how school is, and even almost plan a trip for him to see me! This communication creates fun, and linking, while not having to pay for the long distance phone bills.

Now, to answer the second argument, it IS a needed simulation. Many things in video games are impossible, or very hard to do in real life. SO, this allows you to do those things! Also, for those things simple to do, such as ride a bike, or play baseball, video games can be used to do those things, while it is winter, or you are sick. As I stated in my first speech, the Wii is used in Rehab. This helps people get the feeling of being free, and relieves pain.
Also, the probability of someone going out, and killing someone just because they play Halo, or another shooter is very low. Millions play Halo every day, minute, heck every SECOND, and they aren't killers. We would all be dead if every gamer was a killer!
DrAcula

Con

Good Argument.

The thing is though, and I realize that it can't make killers, video games could trigger killers. It could be the one thing a messed up kid needs to play, to make him want to go out and kill.
Debate Round No. 2
whitesoxfan450

Pro

It COULD be, but the probability of that is low. The last time anything like that has happened was about 4 years ago, or so, when Manhunt 1 came out in England.
BUT, games much worse(GTA) have come out since, and kids aren't going out and killing! And if a kid has a problem, no good parent would buy their kid an M rated game! Its the law that u must have a liscence to buy M rated games, so the only way for a kid to get one is through a parent!

And thank you, good debate so far
DrAcula

Con

If anything, parents need to be educated that video games could be bad when in the wrong hands. if they are passive about it, then there is a chance of bad things to happen.

good debate.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by gregthedestroyer 8 years ago
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good debate. but i have to say i hate how some people get on here and vote for what they think of the topic or if one person is there friend. i wish more people would vote for what is said wether it goes against what they thought.
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