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mongeese
Pro (for)
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The Contender
pc1114
Con (against)
Losing
7 Points

Video games have had an overall positive impact on society.

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mongeese
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/10/2009 Category: Technology
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mongeese

Pro

I affirm that the existence and introduction of video games to the world was overall a good thing.

Video game - an electronic game played by means of images on a video screen and often emphasizing fast action (http://www.merriam-webster.com...)

Contention 1: Video games encourage learning and activity.
All video games require you to exercise your mind. Some video games, such as Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and other Wii games require physical activity. (http://en.wikipedia.org...) Many video games use math as a key component to its structure, and as such, the people who play them end up better at math than before. (http://en.wikipedia.org...)

Contention 2: Video games lead to new technology.
Video game companies are always looking for new technologies to give themselves a competitive edge in the gaming industry. This technology is then replicated outside of video games. Graphic cards used for video games are used to give more accurate MRI scans, X-rays, and seismic graphs.

Contention 3: Video games are used for practical purposes.
Many people use video games for physical therapy. (http://www.uspharmd.com...) Computer simulations are used for war training in a less costly, less deadly manner. (http://www.wired.com...)

Contention 4: Video games increase dexterity for those who play them.
http://blog.peterkupfer.net...
http://discovermagazine.com...
Video games have been proven to help surgeons be more accurate in their surgeries.
http://www.upi.com...
That means that less people have died of surgical errors because of video games. Try telling the people who would otherwise be dead that video games have had a bad impact on society.

Contention 5: Video games create jobs.
http://www.nintendo.com...

Contention 6: Video games provide entertainment.
http://www.gamefaqs.com...

Thank you to whoever accepts this debate.
pc1114

Con

As the nagative case to this debate my job is to prove the case of my opponet wrong. I have one contention that so far out ways all of my opponents, and I hope you will agree.

Contention: In most cases where they are deciding whether something is good or bad for society is by proving that the good outways the bad, and in this case, even though video games may do all of those things mentioned, I still believe that the bad of videogames out weighs the good.

Just as an example here are the top ten negative effects that videogames have on society which greatly outweigh the good.

1. An increase in emotional disorder symptoms
2. An increase in and behavioral disorder symptoms
3. Declines in verbal memory performance
4. Somatic complaints
5. Attention problems such as hyperactivity, ADD or ADHD
6. Detrimental school performance (as video game usage increases, GPA and SAT scores decrease)
7. Family interaction problems such as less positive parental relations
8. Significant reduced amounts of slow-wave (REM) sleep
9. Modifications in visual selective attention
10. Playing violent video games is a significant risk factor for later physically aggressive behavior

My sources:

Pediatrics 2008 Nov;122(5):e1067-72
European Psychiatry 2008 Apr;23(3):212-8
Journal of Psychiatry Research 2008 Mar;42(4):253-8
Pediatrics 2007 Nov;120(5):978-85
Cyberpsychology & Behavior 2007 Aug;10(4):552-9
Psychological Science 2007 Jan;18(1):88-94
Pediatrics 2006 Oct;118(4):e1061-70

Also according to research done by Susan Carney who has been working as a middle school counselor with 6th and 7th grade students for the past twelve years. She received a BA in Psychology from Temple University and completed her M.Ed. in School Counseling at West Chester University. Video games are also harmful in other ways such as bad examples of how to treat woman as men are more likely to play videogames. She says,
"The themes in video games also normalize unhealthy social relationships and interactions. Male on male violence is presented as the way to determine pecking order: gang violence is glorified, and men solve conflicts through fighting to establish their place on the social chain. Since teens are very concerned about their social status, they are especially vulnerable to this type of modeling. Violence is also used to establish control over women, and sexual violence is common in some of the most popular games. Repeated exposure to and participation in these storylines for kids just learning how too navigate relationships can normalize this behavior for both boys and girls, and can impact their expectations of each other.

There is cause to be concerned about the impact of violent video games. Parents need to be aware of the content of the games their kids are playing, and use the video game rating system wisely. Parents should also talk to their kids about the themes and storylines of these games, and stay on the alert for any behavioral red flags that may indicate a problem."

Thank You
Debate Round No. 1
mongeese

Pro

All of my contentions have apparently been conceded. My opponent's sole case is that his one contention of a negative effect drowns out all of my positive effects.

I disagree with some of my opponent's claims.

"3. Declines in verbal memory performance"
Video games often require the player to memorize things, which would lead to an increase in memorization skills.

"4. Somatic complaints"
http://en.wikipedia.org...
Huh?

"6. Detrimental school performance (as video game usage increases, GPA and SAT scores decrease)"
Not if a kid starts playing educational video games at a young age.

"9. Modifications in visual selective attention"
Modifications do not imply negative effect.

"'Video games are also harmful in other ways such as bad examples of how to treat woman as men are more likely to play videogames.
There is cause to be concerned about the impact of violent video games. Parents need to be aware of the content of the games their kids are playing, and use the video game rating system wisely. Parents should also talk to their kids about the themes and storylines of these games, and stay on the alert for any behavioral red flags that may indicate a problem.'"
This one solution solves the negative impact. There is a rating system that allows parents to control the games their kids play through parental controls. http://en.wikipedia.org...
Also, violence caused by video games is a myth spread by the media.
http://www.livescience.com...
http://www.gamerevolution.com...

Furthermore, if you look at this list:
http://en.wikipedia.org...
All of the games listed are rated E, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is only #16. Violent video games do NOT dominate the industry in any way, shape, or form, until the media puts a spin on it.

Furthermore, the pros far outweigh some teenagers becoming slightly more susceptible to dangerous activity:
1. Many kids benefit from educational video games far more than teenagers don't.
2. Video games have improved our technology for more accurate MRI and X-ray scans, and have improved the oil industry.
3. Video games are used for physical therapy and flight and war simulations.
4. Video games have improved dexterity, and allowed surgeons to save more LIVES.
5. http://en.wikipedia.org...
6. Video games are entertaining.
pc1114

Con

pc1114 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
mongeese

Pro

All arguments extended.

This is the third time that this has happened.
pc1114

Con

pc1114 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
mongeese

Pro

All arguments extended.

*sigh*
pc1114

Con

pc1114 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Good news. Vote-bombing has been partailly removed from this debate!
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Now I feel ashamed to be the only person to lose to this guy besides InfraRedEd...

I've sunk to the level of IRE! Ah!
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Man, I wasn't concerned with this debate at all until I was told that I lost...
Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
It remains a disgrace to this site that CON can win a debate like this.
Posted by Maikuru 7 years ago
Maikuru
3 forfeits and Con still wins, and with 14 points at that. Extremely fishy...
Posted by Maikuru 7 years ago
Maikuru
All my points are belong to mongeese.
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Every time...
All three times...
I have not had a single opponent for this debate post an argument for the second round.
Posted by pc1114 7 years ago
pc1114
You almost done your arguments for round two?
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