Video Game Galore

I have never been a huge fan of video games for a number of reasons. Not only can they be a huge waste of time, but many are extremely violent. The controversy surrounding violent video games and their effects has been huge in the past several years. While this is an important topic, I think that Kurt Anderson brought up a very important point on his radio show that should be addressed. Not only are video games dangerous because of the violence that they supply, but also because of the recent realistic factor. Clive Thompson spent some time explaining how sophisticated video games are becoming. People spend huge amounts of money for programmers and writers who make the video games real. So real that even big actors are getting cast as voice roles in these video games. This realistic touch is cool to all the gamers, because it shows that it isn’t some cheap game and that it is actually worth playing. However, as we heard it can have dangerous effects. Mark Nesbitt, who works on video games for 8 hours a day, experienced this danger when he got in a car accident. It all came about from his logic that since he was good at driving on video games, he would be good at driving in real life too. The fact is that people can start to see video games as real life. They start to believe that they have an enhanced ability that in reality they don’t have at all. While programmers and writers are being celebrated for making these games accurate and lifelike, I think we need to take a step back and think about the consequences this may have on our youth and society as a whole.

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~ by mccaule2 on May 18, 2010.

3 Responses to “Video Game Galore”

  1. To me the controversy about video games is just one aspect of the larger technology culture that defines our generation. Though technology makes our lives easier, enables us to do things once thought to be impossible, and enhances our viewing pleasure, it can come at a price. But it’s not only video games that are affecting out youth, what about cell phones and their long-term effects? What about computers/keyboards and their effects on youths’ abilities to spell and their handwriting? We can come up with countless such examples but is it really a bad thing or just a sign of change? In other words, are we focusing too much on the negative aspects of technology and not admiring its value?

  2. I agree with the above comment. I think a lot of technology that youth today find important and valuable are often criticized by society. People often criticize video games and the influence of violence they have on children. I do not think that a video game can cause a child to shoot another person, but that could be a contributing factor. People often say the music kids listen to, the movies they watch and the games they play influence the way that child acts socially. I have listened to songs that may be considered violent, watched movies that are violent and played or watched video games that are violent and I have no desire to do violent things to anyone else. Instead of society focusing on just possible negative aspects of technology we need to also take into account the positive aspect it has on our culture. There are many educational games that help children learn, social sites where people can get in touch with friends and family they have lost connections with, and many research articles and informational websites. If we take into account both things I think society’s point of view of technology and video games specifically will change and become more well rounded.

  3. I think that although some video games are violent, I do not think that they are dangerous. I agree with abevan when she says that video games to not cause people to reenact violent things. I also agree when she says that people say that music does not sets a bad example for kids as well. I do believe that people do not gain much from playing video games but I do not think that they cause any harm or give children ideas. Though there are many video games that are violent there are way more games that aren’t violent and only serve as a form of entertainment.

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