A multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed in Alabama against the makers and marketers of Grand Theft Auto, claiming that months of playing the game led a teenager to go on a rampage and kill three men, two of them police officers, according to CBS news. It seems like today the media is determined to box everyone who plays video games into psychotic criminals. But the truth is, that despite the negative one-sided picture the media tries to paint in regards to video games, there are also proven benefits. Will Wright claims in his article “Dream Machines” that video games have positive effect on players. Wright uses powerful vocabulary, examples, and his knowledge of video games to persuade his audience that games have many positive effects on players.
Many of those who criticize videogames do this by comparing them to books. This comparison is seen as injurious and incorrect to author Steven Johnson. He believes the two are separate from each other and should not be looked at as one in the same. In his essay “Games” he outlines and argues that reading and gaming are different from each other, that both should be valued in their own way, and that books are crafted for and are better at expressing knowledge and opinion.
Technology has become a bigger part of our world than ever imagined. In a recent study, the average American has around 10 electronic devices. Nicholas Carr states "if you're constantly distracted, constantly interrupted and you don't attend to information closely, you never consolidate that information in your long-term memory and you never create the wealth of internal connections." A 2011 report showed that around 35% of the entire world population is now online. According to Dr. Gary Small, "the average young person spends up to 11.5 hours each day with technology. That may have a negative effect on important mental skills involving face-to-face communication" (Wilson). Certainly, the most popular form of technology today is the mobile phone. In a world of 7 billion people, around 6 billion carry mobile phones on a daily basis. Sadly, it has become quite common for people to be more comfortable with a smartphone than another person. A group of researchers at Kent State University recently proved that heavy phone users tended to have a higher level of anxiety and dissatisfaction with their lives than other students (Wortham). Martin Lindstrom decided gather some data of his own in California. In an attempt to learn more about technology, he exposed 16 college students to the ringing noise of a smartphones. After completing the survey, he found "the subjects'
Waste products have been increasing considerably as they are threatening our environment and causing serious issues due to the modernization and progression of industry. The following are the three articles where environmental issues are the main focus: “Lose 300 Million Tons of CO2 in Just Three Weeks!” by Kate Sheppard, “How Farmers Are Going to Save Civilization” by Jenn Hardy, “The Global Food Waste Scandal” by Tristram Stuart. Moderating the amount of waste product and keeping it under control can achieve both a sustainable environment and a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, a solution that can solve this problem from its roots effectively, due to the intellectual and behavioral power that people have to make a remarkable difference, is
The articles featured in this essay are Game on! Video Games could be good for you by chicago tribune , Educational gaming is catching on, especially in science class by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the next source is a video titled Your Brain on Video Games by Daphne Bavelier, the last
Video games from Call of Duty to Super Mario, people have very strong opinions for these games. But which side has a more valid argument for or against? This essay will explore what video games mean for elders, what they mean for kids and what could shut down the positives.
Kapp, Blair & Mesch (2014) stated that there are several reasons to engage gamification successfully into the teaching and learning practices: First, gamification has to be used in a way that allows for creating interaction and interconnectivity among the learners. Second, it has to foster motivation and promote engagement in the learning activities. Third, it has to facilitate the execution of critical thinking skills. Fourth, it should invite a positive behavior change in the learners. Fifth, authentic learning activities have to result from the successful integration of gamification. To provide a thorough evaluation of the use of gamification in the three WSU college courses, the above
Children around the world play adult content video game And many parents say it is bad for their children; however video games can actually help their children learn. Approximately 90% of children in the United States play video games, and more than 90% of those games involve mature content that often includes violence (Park, 2014). There are those that believe video games are detrimental to society, however playing video games including those with mature content can actually be beneficial to both individuals and society by increasing knowledge expanding the ability to react positively at real life situations and improving cognitive thinking skills.
According to the article, (Mohammadi 2014) “How online gamers are solving science’s biggest problems”, in 2011, people playing Foldit, an online puzzle game about protein folding, resolved the structure of an enzyme that causes an Aids-like disease in monkeys. Researchers had been working on the problem for 13 years, yet the gamers had solved it in three weeks. In addition, the structure of today 's video games requires certain types of learning that are very helpful to students, specifically computer skills. This proves, that kids are gaining new knowledge from these games. They also improve hand-eye coordination, and raises players’ self-esteem. The article (Wiley 2016) Science Daily states, “Gaming use was associated with better function in brain circuits critical for learning based on the acquisition of new skills through practice.” This explains that kids who
Over the years there has been a big controversy over whether video games are relatively good or extremely bad for children. Video games are super beneficial to a kid’s learning process and have been proven to increase social skills, productivity, and stress. The fear that video games are harmful to a child, is proven through countless experiments that they are actually great for their growth and brain capacity.
Video games education is a method of teaching by using electronic games as the learning material. Teenagers from fifteen to eighteen, who have been called as “K-20 students”  or Net Generation since mid-1990s, playing video games as pastime leisure and expose to digital multimedia more often compare to the older generation. The issues of implementing video games education has been the subject of debate within education and sociology communities due to its appeal to contemporary students. Discussion among sociology scholars focus on the aggressive behaviour and hostility of youngsters who are involved in a video game in a great length of time and a specific type of games . However, some academics argue that video game becomes an interactive learning platform of social education, especially with players verses players (PVP) games. In the view of education academics, video games may play an essential role in boosting the performance in particular subjects and the development of varying of skill . While acknowledging that engaging in video games may cause a negative mental effect on the secondary school students, this essay argues that video games education should be implemented because the benefits of digital game based education would possibly become primary to the high school students because it could improve social behavior and increase academic behaviour and performance.
Throughout the history, gamers are generally thought of as a dumb, anti-social person, but recently researchers have discovered that video games could make you smarter than the average person. One person could say that video games distract from the academic goals and ultimately disrupt a person’s grades for school. On the other hand, one could believe that playing video games could actually improve social behavior, provide technical skills, increase one’s strategic skills, and improve critical thinking skills in everyday situations. Maybe catching Pokemon and shooting zombies could be more beneficial than just a recreational activity for free time.
Does virtual violence lead to actual violence? As we all know at this age of sophisticated technology and information, children are more exposed to video gaming compared to the past decades. As a result, video gaming industry has gained tremendous growth since coming into the market in the 1980s. This is because of the increased number of its consumers, especially children and teenagers. Research shows that at least 83% of children in the US aged between 8-12 years are involved in video gaming once a month. This elevated number of video gaming has had its fair share of effects on its consumers. For instance, video games have positively influenced children to work together in completing various tasks, and often improve a child’s thinking capacity, especially through solving puzzles (Anderson et al, 2007). However, the contentious issue has been the effects of violent games on children, which are often negative to their well-being. In short, violent video games increase the aggressiveness of a child, and may eventually cause mental ill health.
Video games lower violent behavior, help relieve stress, and do not cause social problems. Teens play video games to take their stress out instead of causing real violence. Kids acting violently towards others, they will go home and they will take their action and frustration out on the type of games they are playing. Also, while teens play online, they build up social abilities, make new friends, and connect with other kids from around the world. Parents and/or guardians always say “stop looking at that screen and stop playing video games. It 's bad for you and your eyes and brain.” Most parents do not know that video games help teens with more than just burning brain cells.
Most of the bad effects of video games because of their violence they contain. Thus children who play more violent and dangerous video games are more likely to have increased of aggressive thoughts, behavior, feelings and decreased in prosocial helping. The effect of violence video games in children is worsened by the games’ interactive nature. For the repeated cases of violence in video games, the child is in control of the violence and experiences in his own eye by killing, kicking, stabbing and shooting in games. Too much playing of violent video game will make the kid socially isolated. Some video games teach the children the wrong values. Violent behavior, revenge and aggression are rewarded. These games confuse the children between the reality and fantasy. Some of the major negative effects of playing video games are discussed below: