Whether we like it or not, most people of new generation grow on video games. Video Games have been blamed for many things such as violence, inability of communication, and antisocial behaviour. What about all positive sides of video gaming?
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Video Game Industry has replaced media such as television and movies. One of the main reasons is that with video games encourage players to become a part of it. You can have your alter ego represented in a game, play with friends, do things that you aren't able to do in real life and so on.
Although a lot of games feature violence, that is not much different than TV series such as CSI, Bones etc. When it comes to a blame for lack of communication I really can’t see where that comes from.
Multiplayer games require a lot of communication among players when going on quests, missions or other similar aspects of a game. Either by an in-game chat or over servers such as TeamSpeak, gamers communicate to each other most of the time while playing a game.
Lastly, there are several studies that show there is no link between violent video games and antisocial behaviour.
Good sides of video gaming
Video games encourage skills such as logical reasoning which helps children from early age, for example to solve puzzles creatively.
Increased motor skills and hand-eye coordination is another positive effect of video gaming.
Gamers improve quick thinking. By simulating stressful event, games are more than likely able to prepare you for real world situations.
One of the least acknowledged benefit is that games aid in learning how to type. There are chats in almost every game where players can and have to type.
Reading game content, and other players’ interaction in chat will improve reading skill and inductive reasoning.
If you are worried about violence in video games, simply buy your child a non-violent game There are many games that can help with education, and even with physical activity. Wii Sports is the best selling game ever. This does not mean that video games should replace real life, as with everything else in life, there must be a balance between virtual and real world.
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