I used to play a lot. It ruined my grades during college. I graduated, but I was a video game addict and could not put it down especially when I was playing my MMORPG non-stop. I lived away from my parents who would usually get mad at me. I didn't have them to stop me. Addicted as I was, I kept playing. I finally got out of the habit after I got a job and had a son. I forced myself to stop at age 24, 2 years ago. It was a very hard habit to break. I wasted a lot of time on video games when I could have done more productive things for years. Thinking back, playing video games was a total waste of time, and I had wasted so much time on it. There's no benefit from playing video games. Do something more productive in real life. Now that I'm off it, I have not regretted stopping. I live a more productive life now. I feel bad for people older than me who are still playing and wasting their lives on them. I refuse to let my son play any video games, games on a cellphone, smartphone, tablet, or PC.
Playing video games can impact on the academic skills of a child. Not only this but also their social skills, thought span, and most importantly, their view on the real world. Video games should be banned for children meaning kids below the age 16 to prevent these tragedies from happening.
These days video games are very popular/common for children and also adults. There is a lot of violence games out there, and so on the player uses the moves or tips for how to kill someone from the video game and brings it to real life. There have been a lot of incidents about shooting and killing and then what do they say why they killed someone? A lot of the answers will because they saw it in a video game. But it’s not only about violence; it is also about what it does to your body, if you play you play to long and never stop until you sleep, it effects your eyes. Your eyesight will get weaker and your body will always feel very tired. People have also died from playing video games, believe it or not people have played so long that they forget to eat, drink , go to the washroom and they were to in to the game they didn't even want to go to sleep! Also it loses your interest of doing other things, going outside, spending time with your family, doing school stuff and also loses interest of learning new things.
Parents might think it’s good because they think there playing education games but how popular are educational games, if you think about people are not interested in education games they are more interested about what their friends are talking about or what their friends are playing. If you buy devices like: Wii, X-
BOX, PSP, DSI, DS, and many more, you’ll have to buy more game cards/CD for these devices which will be very costly. Coming back to violence games, people also get confused in reality and fantasy.
Video games are bad for children because they damage their eyes and nerves. There is a lot of violence in these games that affect children's attitudes, behavior and relationships. Kids tend to turn into screen addicts that are detached from the family and the whole world around them when they play too many video games.
When children play video games, they hide indoors and fail to communicate with people, so they'll have less friends to support them in the future. It also decreases their social ability and severs the relationship with relatives as they do not communicate often. It is very easy to get addicted. When that happens, students spend less time revising or doing homework, so their marks will decrease and it will be harder for them to get a job in the future, as this year's unemployment rate is pretty high. Also, when children only stay indoors, they do less exercise and because of addiction sleep less.
What happend to the days when kids use to go outside to play on thier bikes or in the sand, when they had a friend over they would play board games or simply with their toys? Now its all video games, every where you look that is all we see! I live with a 8, 6 and 4 year old. They have an xbox 360, ps2, 3 ds's, 2 itouchs, 1 ipad and a computer each. Is that really all neccesary? They have got to the point where they cant function without using one of their peices of equipment. If we go to the store, the ipod touch comes with us, if we go the park the ds's come with us, if we have five minutes to spare before bed, then the xbox goes on. It is ridiculous. They have become gamind obsesses children and they are so young! The games they play are not all age appropriate and it has made the 6 and 8 year old obsessed with killing and blowing people up, it is all they talk about. We were at a soccer game the other day, the 6 year old was getting mad that the he couldnt get ball from another player, so he said "I want to chop your head, smash your body to bits and kill you", this is not something that should be coming out a 6 year olds mouth. When questioned on where he had heard this, he said "I do it all the time on my xbox". Parents need to stop using video games as a babysitter, get off the butts and start interacting with their kids!
Video games not only teach children that killing is okay, they also ruin the child's mental growth. About a year ago my uncle died, my brother's children that play violent video games said, "It's okay guys! We can just revive him." I blame that on all the games that they have been playing. They play games such as, Modern Warfare, Black Ops, and other Call of Duty games.
I believe that video games are bad is because children are not supposed to see that bad type of behavior because a child's brain is like a sponge whatever it sees it soaks up into their brain and they learn it. Normally it would be based on the type of child but really I believe that it does not matter who the child is, video games make children violent because they see what the people in the game are doing and they copy them. A 15-year-old boys parents took away his Xbox and he ran away then a month later they found his dead body. 2 teenage boys went on a rampage and kill 2 police officers and 1 man after they played grand theft auto.
When your child is saying that, the game designers are happy. They design games in a way so that you will just complete the next level or just have 5 more minutes. Why? Because they get money. If a child finishes a game loving it, they (or their parents) will BUY the new one. And sony gets more money.
Too many kids play video games for their whole lives and end up stupid. Later on when they get to high school , they won't do homework at all, and end up with F grades all across their report card. It's half the parents' fault because they buy the kids game consoles and systems, and they let them in the store to buy it. Shame on you parents. Don't get mad at the children if you bought it for them it. Well hurry! Do something before it's too late.
I've been *cough* "addicted" to video games since I was 4. Look at me now.. I have a 3.9 GPA, fast reflexes, know how to cook, can type without looking down, and I hang around with people much older than myself because of the simple fact that kids my age can't handle anything in a mature manner. All this at age 13.
I want proof that video games are bad for you, because they improve eyesight, encourage the gamers to try new things (not things like steal a car.. even in Grand Theft Auto it eventually comes back to you), help reflexes and improve temper.
We are not "addicted" to video games. We just find them more fun than just about anything else. What other activity lets you own a country, drive a boat/car/plane/spaceship, race, be a hero, participate in the stock market (safely), and teach you to type?
I play a lot of video games and sometimes play violent ones, but I almost cry when I see a dead bird in the street (I can't even watch horror movies).. and a lot of my friends swear and game, but I almost never swear.
"Video games decrease attention span"
Wrong. Explain how people can sit down and play video games for as much spare time as they have?
"My 6-year-old told someone at soccer practice.."
You're not very smart; the ratings are there for a reason.
There was violence before video games, movies, and television, so don't try and act as though they are the cause of all violence. The Sandy Hook shooter was mentally ill,not every child or person in America is insane. The Civil War wasn't caused by video game violence, neither was 9/11, the Revolutionary War, or the harm commuted upon Civil Rights protesters in the sixties. I don't play video games and want to kill people with a WiiMote, disc, or a NES Zapper. Playing Madden doesn't make me want to be a football player, playing Super Mario Bros. Doesn't make me want to be a plumber, Fifa doesn't encourage me to play association football, and Pokémon doesn't encourage me to become a dogfighter. Get over it, America.
Lots of people have to get things like glasses because of video games and some people think that if its ok to hurt someone in a game they do it in the real world video games that are violent hurt kids. Sometimes the games encourage kids to be more violent.
Well I'm only ten years old and I usually play video games for about 30 minutes a day.
And on the weekends I play for about 40 min to an hour. And I get pretty good grades in school. I think that if you play to much video games then it is bad for you. All my friends play for like 1 to 2 hours a day. And I only play for like 1/3rd of the time that they do.
I am 17, been playing video games since i was about 8. I play from the time I get home from school to the time I go to bed, except if i have something to do that day. I am a good student, a good son, and have never had a violent outburst, never thought about recreating any violent act I saw in the games. I pay for my games with money I work for ( just a side note). You cannot blame video games for the actions of those who blame them. Video games cannot tell you what to do. They are like a tool, it takes a human to operate them.
If it weren't for the video games I had when I was younger, I don't know what I would've done with myself. It's hard for me to imagine what people my age are doing at this time of night if they aren't playing video games or using the computer. My parents always told me to go outside when I was a child, but there was nothing to do outside. There were no children in my neighborhood and no where to go. If you don't want your child to be immersed in video games, that is entirely your choice. But at least give him a fun alternative to replace video games.
For someone who doesn't play video games as a hobby, video games may be seen as 'Call of Duty, Call of Duty, Call of Duty'. However, there are many, many types of video game, so you cannot base your opinion on shooters. Yes, FPS games exist. Yes, they are popular. But there are other games as well. Think about RPGs - or Role Playing Games. These games are essentially interactive films, so the content children are exposed to is nothing worse than a film with the same rating. Then there are platformers, like Mario and Crash Bandicoot. These involve little more than jumping on platforms. There are puzzle games, like Portal. These are tests of intellect, in video game form. Can we assume that they are all the same, especially without playing them (which I am sure most parents haven't)?
I love the argument that 'a boy committed suicide after playing WoW, saying he wished he could join that fantasy world'. Clearly, that boy was depressed. He would not have gone through with suicide if he didn't have problems in his real life.
Also, I'd like to note that films and books can contain the same violent content as some video games. The 'Warrior Cats' book series features violent death scenes. The 'Edge Chronicles' books have extremely gory illustrations, including people's organs falling out. The popular game 'Skyrim' has the worst violence I have seen in a video game (I have not played COD), and at the worst there is a splash of blood when you stab someone. The 'Warrior Cats' and 'Edge Chronicles' books are in the children's section of most bookshops and libraries. 'Skyrim' recieved an M rating.
Finally, I think I ought to point out that there is no proven link between violent games and violent children. Violence in games, like violence in books and films, is a FANTASY. Children don't actually consider their player character to be a role model. And frankly, I'd like to see a teen WoW player murder people with a magical lightning bolt.
I believe video games are great recreation for children. Video games can create visual and coordination skills that are necessary for a child to active. There are a lot of educational themed video games out today. However excessive game playing can make a child lazy and not want to do anything else.
I know it is hard for all parents to know this but NOT ALL GAMES ARE VIOLENT! There are Rating systems for a reason and really it is the parent's neglect whenever kids have violent videogames. I am a parent who never played videogames but let my kid play this game called minecraft where you build with a variety of materials. It a bit educational but in no ways detrimental as I make him play only and hour a day, leaving time for outdoor play and study.
Many video games have a lot more to offer than meaningless violence. Complex and immersive stories can be a succesful recipe for a child's development of it's creative and imaginative skills. Books essentially play the same role, but the modernization of information technologies has made them rather unpopular amongst children.