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qqw
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Duncan
Pro (for)
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Video games: good or bad?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/14/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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qqw

Con

Good day everyone! I'd like to debate on whether or not video games are good or bad...

Now, my stance on this topic is that they are not good.

For years, I have been a video gamer/gamer, and I have enjoyed it...but it's almost like a guilty pleasure; not because I realize what I'm doing, but also what I'm NOT doing: something productive. Many studies have shown that video games have improved hand-eye coordination and intelligence, however, more and more it seems as if these are proven to be wrong over time. Many people will sit for hours on end (if not days) all for a game--a program that is nothing more than pixels and programs changing, with a story behind it. There are good plots to some games, I won't deny that...but I believe that it comes down to nothing. It feels like wasted time.
Now, I would like to see your views on this. Perhaps I'll change my mind. I'm open to all views.
-qqw
Duncan

Pro

Video Games are the newest art medium, one which is unique for the agency it provides by directly involving the player as opposed the viewer being a passive entity in stories. To dismiss an art medium as a waste of time is.... rather insulting, to put it bluntly. Sure you can point out that certain franchises such as Call of Duty homogenise gaming, but in the 1950s, TV was seen as a waste of time, destroying the cinema market. Look at TV now. Look at a series like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad and insist that there is no value to it. You may laugh at the notion of gaming being an art form, but people scoffed at sound in films once.

True, any people sit for hours at games, but television experiences this to an even greater degree. You dismiss games as a series of pixels and programs, but do you view TV as just some people saying stuff in a room? Are books just letters arranged on a page? Everything sucks taken out of context.

My question for you is this; When you stopped playing games, what did you do? Did you go outside or read a book? Did you feel productive for having done this? I'll see you next round with your thoughts.

Duncan.
Debate Round No. 1
qqw

Con

qqw forfeited this round.
Duncan

Pro

i will assume my opponent is playing video games. Good on them. I'll do the same until they respond. Until then, see you next round.

Duncan.
Debate Round No. 2
qqw

Con

qqw forfeited this round.
Duncan

Pro

I've already said my point.
Debate Round No. 3
qqw

Con

qqw forfeited this round.
Duncan

Pro

And that's the end of the debate.
Debate Round No. 4
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Vote Placed by MrJosh 3 years ago
MrJosh
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Reasons for voting decision: Based on the wording of the resolution, I have to say that BoP was shared, and since neither side really made an argument, no points awarded. The same goes for sources, as none were offered by either part. CON obviously loses conduct for the forfeit, while PRO loses S&G for several errors, which leaves us in an interesting situation...