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Deadlox
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hidude45454
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are video games better than board games

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hidude45454
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/14/2016 Category: Games
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Deadlox

Pro

I think video games because you don't have to play with at least two people
hidude45454

Con

Purpose:
As the topic states, con will try to disprove why video games are better than board games.
Terms:
Board game - A game, as checkers or chess, requiring the moving of pieces from one section of a board to another. [1]
Video game -
Any of various interactive games played using a specialized electronic gaming device or a computer or mobile device and a television or other display screen, along with a means to control graphic images. [2]
Better - Of superior suitability, advisability, desirability, acceptableness, etc.; preferable. [3]
Arguments:
1. Social Experience
Admit it - board games require far more social interaction than video games do. Obviously, this doesn't consider the realm of singleplayer board games or video games. There's something very unique about communicating face-to-face with another person during a board game, versus little to no long distance communication with video games. While playing a board game, one gets to deal with new people and personalities, effectively mirroring social experiences in the real world. [5] When one plays video games, they hide behind an internet persona, effectively granting them the opportunity to say whatever they want. As such, "gamer speak" is commonly used online, and conversations often end with swearing and accusing - in short, the majority of gamers end up more immature than they start off. [6] With video games, people become more socially isolated and aggressive, especially through games that involve violence. [7] Overall, board games are far more social and polite, because they require direct communication, often as a premise.
2. Addiction
Many people who play video games become addicted, while extreme board game addicts rarely appear. Addicts routinely skip schoolwork in order to play more video games, and often have lower concentration spans. [7] Addicts also lie more often and are more irritable. [8] Many symptoms of video game addiction can be related to those of drug or gambling addictions. So while video games can harm health and behavior, board games do not.
3. Fun and Education
While both video games and board games are fun, they achieve fun in different ways. Video games are often more mindless than board games. Board games are capable of achieving not only fun, but also education. For example, which one is more likely to help you perform well in school - Call of Duty or chess? In short, board games require a lot more thinking and strategizing, because they often have more elaborate premises.
Counterarguments:
1. Incorrect Assumptions
My opponent incorrectly assumes that video games don't require two people, while board games do. In fact, there are hundreds of board games that only need one person to play. [4] In fact, many people who do play board games such as chess realize that they can simply play against themselves, and that this is one of the best practicing opportunities one can have. In addition, let's consider video games as well. Let's take a look at a game you probably know (given your username): Minecraft. While Minecraft indeed has a singleplayer component, the majority of users use multiplayer, which is generally considered more "fun" given the amount of people and minigames available. Furthermore, consider the world of e-sports - simply put, video games like League of Legends would not even exist without a multiplayer aspect, and neither would professional gamers. So I have disproved your only argument.
Conclusion:
Board games are more social, less addictive and harmful, and more thoughtful than video games, as I have shown. Therefore, it is impossible to vote for anything but con on this issue.
Sources:
[1] http://dictionary.reference.com...
[2] http://dictionary.reference.com...
[3] http://dictionary.reference.com...
[4] http://boardgamegeek.com...
[5] http://www.inc.com...
[6] http://h2g2.com...
[7] http://www.raisesmartkid.com...
[8] http://www.webmd.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Deadlox

Pro

Deadlox forfeited this round.
hidude45454

Con

Pro forfeited, so I extend all my points. Vote con!
Debate Round No. 2
Deadlox

Pro

Sure Video games to some people is a waste of time but Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years, in much the same way that rock and roll, television, and even the novel faced similar criticisms in their time.

Purported negative effects such as addiction, increased aggression, and various health consequences such as obesity and repetitive strain injuries tend to get far more media coverage than the positives. I know from my own research examining both sides that my papers on video game addiction receive far more publicity than my research into the social benefits of, for example, playing online role-playing games.

However there is now a wealth of research which shows that video games can be put to educational and therapeutic uses, as well as many studies which reveal how playing video games can improve reaction times and hand-eye co-ordination. For example, research has shown that spatial visualization ability, such as mentally rotating and manipulating two- and three-dimensional objects, improves with video game playing.
hidude45454

Con

Sorry for responding so late; I am swamped with finals and tests right now so I'll keep my argument short.
First of all, you didn't provide any actual evidence for any of the things that you stated. Who knows how reliable your studies are compared to the studies of those by professionals?
In addition, you have failed to argue against any of the points that I made. This debate is about board games vs. video games, not about whether or not video games are beneficial. You made no point against board games this round, and therefore I extend all my arguments.
Furthermore, many of your points are invalid. Your first point, for example, suggests that playing video games must be good just because it is debated just as much as other good but controversial topics. Aside from the obvious fact that novels aren't really debatable, one cannot prove something's "goodness" based on other things it has no relation to. Especially in this situation, your generalizations are too vague to make any sense. Finally, against the argument in your last paragraph, one could argue that there are many things that have those benefits, not just video games. For example, sports would be an even better way of improving those skills. [1] But while video games are generally mindless, like I stated in my first argument, board games are more educational and social.
Therefore, there is no other option but to vote con.
Sources:
[1] http://truesport.org...
Debate Round No. 3
Deadlox

Pro

Deadlox forfeited this round.
hidude45454

Con

Vote con...
Debate Round No. 4
Deadlox

Pro

Deadlox forfeited this round.
hidude45454

Con

Vote con...
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Jonan4tor 1 year ago
Jonan4tor
idk
Posted by hidude45454 1 year ago
hidude45454
uh...why are there 173 days left in the voting period?
Posted by Jonan4tor 1 year ago
Jonan4tor
i'm getting board of this argument

BA DUM PTSS
Posted by Deadlox 1 year ago
Deadlox
Video games to some people is a waste of time but Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years, in much the same way that rock and roll, television, and even the novel faced similar criticisms in their time.

Purported negative effects such as addiction, increased aggression, and various health consequences such as obesity and repetitive strain injuries tend to get far more media coverage than the positives. I know from my own research examining both sides that my papers on video game addiction receive far more publicity than my research into the social benefits of, for example, playing online role-playing games.

However there is now a wealth of research which shows that video games can be put to educational and therapeutic uses, as well as many studies which reveal how playing video games can improve reaction times and hand-eye co-ordination. For example, research has shown that spatial visualization ability, such as mentally rotating and manipulating two- and three-dimensional objects, improves with video game playing.
Posted by Rahjee 1 year ago
Rahjee
Board games are overrated . Everything board games do, Video games do better.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
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Vote Placed by U.n 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture
Vote Placed by dsjpk5 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro ff many times, so conduct to Con.
Vote Placed by FlammableX 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: ff, and cons arguments had more support. Pro claims that his arguments come from his "research of papers" - however, he doesn't state where this is from. Con's arguments simply have more support, and are much more logical.