Video Games Represent the Most Powerful (and Potentially Dangerous) Era

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Over the course of one weekend, I lost 12 hours, 42 minutes and 1 second. I don’t know how it happened. It took me like a fever.

Sky V. King‘s insight:

Do you think videos games are dangerous or does it depend on the type of game?

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Posted on October 22, 2013, in Gamification and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Well… I think if they aren’t taken in moderation, they can be indeed very dangerous, not just attitude or behavior, but everything else. What ever one spends the most time, they become more like that thing or are majoring influenced by that thing. This is why peer pressure is such a problem, you are your friends or your family. Its the same with hobbies and etc. What ever you spend most of your time, you are majorly influence by that thing.

    • I agree! I feel as if anything done in excess is dangerous. If parents are able to monitor the type of video games played and/or how much time is spent playing them, video games wouldn’t be considered “dangerous”. Parents should also teach children that video games are far from reality, and that the real world does not allow such behaviors.

  2. Hermiose Dornevil

    Depending on the type of games we play, we will get different results. For instance, if the only type of games that a person plays are war games then they are more likely to exhibit some sort of unacceptable behaviors. However, if they are the memory games or some health games then I believe that’s perfectly fine. I grew up playing Tetris and I always found it very instructive because I always had to think about the shapes and where they would fit the most.

    • Hermoise,
      Thanks for dropping by with another comment for us! I have to respectfully disagree with you that people who play solely war game are more likely to exhibit unacceptable behavior. In fact I was recently listening to NPR (National Public Radio) and a person suggested that violent games contributed to crime rate reduction in NYC. Video games can serve different purposes and the result is affected by the context of game play. For example, what about soldiers who play only violent games- it’s about perspective. This is a really great article on the link between violent video games and aggression– if you get a chance, give it a read. Again, thank you for your comment and we hope you keep reading… and playing games!

  3. I believe that anything in excess is “dangerous” not just video games per se. Video games, just like tv, social media and other things is meant to be a form of entertainment. If someone spends too much time on social media or watching tv, they are most likely missing out on certain important things such as homework, exercise etc. Although some video games may contain violence, I believe that people are exposed to these things everyday. Video games aren’t the only things in this world that contain violence, and most is unavoidable. Video games also contain ratings, just as movies do. So if a parent, is buying suitable games for their children, no I do not think video games are dangerous, IF used in moderation.

    • I do agree with you that “anything in excess” is dangerous. Even “healthy” things in excess is dangerous, such as water, vitamins, exercising, etc. Too much water can actually cause water intoxication. Too much of certain vitamins can be harmful to your body, such as too much vitamin A can cause liver damage. Too much calcium can cause harm to you kidneys, and too much D3(not natural D from the sun) can even cause muscles to malfunction. Too much stretching can cause your muscles to be overstretched and it can affect the stress levels and brainpower. I think even moderation in “non-suitable” games isn’t necessarily a dangerous thing because I think certain games with violence can even teach children some things. For example, some games can show a side of war that children are not taught normally.

      • Great point and great examples! I never considered the fact that these games might show kids a side of war they might have never seen. And it is true! Games that show violence I am sure have at least one valuable lesson in them. I also believe that kids are a little more smarter than to think that any of these violent acts are actually morally correct.

  4. Even though the next-gen ground-breaking game may want to ask what the player’s stance is rather than what the character’s stance is, will that be as clear as we think it will be? Sometimes when I play a game, I try to think what I would need to do in order to win/pass/unlock/etc, instead of what I would actually do even if the game allows for the freedom to do so. Also, I don’t think video games are dangerous because it allows violence to be a choice of the player because violence is already a choice in reality.

    • “Also, I don’t think video games are dangerous because it allows violence to be a choice of the player because violence is already a choice in reality.” Great point!! Every person has a conscience and can either do the right or wrong thing at any given moment. These video games are just that, games! If used in moderation and taught right from wrong, I see nothing wrong with video games. Nor do I consider them “dangerous”.

      • Exactly! We shouldn’t view video games as a danger. Maybe we fear that children can’t think for themselves and choose the “morally correct” choice when it comes to violence, but they should understand the difference between the virtual world and the real world.

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