Video Games Are Good?

By Youngsang Ryu (Columnist, Former Opinion Editor) [?]

Published: January 9, 2009 and Updated: January 25, 2009
Reprinted From Windward Bridge

Since the dawn of gaming, gamers have heard about these games potentially harmful effects on vision. My parents go a little further than eyes and start addressing their effect on grades. However, all these comments are actually myths. It is believed now that video games actually have benefits. In case your parents bother you like mine, here is a scientifically proven list of benefits from Quazen.com to use as evidence:

  1. Letís say you play Call of Duty 4, or any first-person-shooter game, online. Whenever you turn a corner that leads to a wide street, you may always fear that a sniper is waiting for you. So, as a gamer, you need to make sure you take down that sniper before moving further. Thatís where your eyes come in. According to National Geographic, video games actually improve your eyesight by exercising them. In order to find that sniper, you need to look for any traces of him, whether a flash or camouflaged head. That task isnít always very easy. By practicing the skill repeatedly, your eyes will be able to find small details with improved accuracy.
  2. Everyone knows Tetris. These puzzle games actually help players solve problems. By exercising logic and strategy, youíre making the brain train its logical skills. Therefore, as your logical skills improve, so does your ability to solve problems. Thatís probably why you see so many grown-up Asians who enjoy playing Jawbreaker or Tetris.
  3. In order to play video games well, you need good hands. Without these important features, letís face it, you wonít do well. Because video games require good hand control, you can further hone your hand-eye coordination.
  4. Back to the example of Call of Duty 4, where you walk around a corner and see an enemy right in front of you. Your first reflex is to automatically press the fire button. By practicing often, much like an athlete, you can improve your reflexes. Reflexes are the only thing you have during that second when your characterís survival depends on beating an opponent to the firing button.
  5. The main argument against games is that they are a waste of time. Well, games are not always useless. They can actually teach you some important lessons. For example, while not majorly informative, Rise of Nations does teach about the historical development globally. Through that game, I was able to learn about everything from the Ancient Age to the Information Age of today.

Maybe video games arenít useless after all.

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  • Brice Green, on 01/09/2009, said:

    You didn't even mention the fact that video games make better surgeons, the really really famous and controversial study that is most likely to convince your parents. And video games do not make your eyesight better. They also burn less calories than staring at a blank wall. And why not just spend time with your family rather than stare at a small glowing screen a couple inches in front of your face. Just a suggestion. Maybe it is a better idea, instead of trying to simply use biased facts to convince your parents, to step back and look at the issue objectively. I'm not saying video games are bad. I'm just saying that maybe an objective view would be better. Maybe I should just write an op-ed instead of ranting in very long comments.

  • redandgoldandpurpletoo, on 01/11/2009, said:

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    Why not spend time with my family? I'll tell you why I'm not spending time with my family. My family sucks. Video games are the sweer escape from the freakin' fiasco that's my family. *(^) family.

  • MaybeIwannabe Anonymous, on 01/12/2009, said:

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    Use evidence. I can say the sky is green (and it is at a certain time during sunset), but without links to studies, I can't prove it. So here's proof:
    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/atmos/redsun.html
    or at least science-y jargon.

  • Where&#39;sthelove?, on 01/17/2009, said:

    check out http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/05/0528_030528_videogames.html because I don't know about you but when I checked National Geographic (the site that is cited on the article), it said that games do improve one's ability to sight details. Furthermore, I seriously doubt that National Geographic would be wrong. Also, when you play video games, I don't think you just stare; maybe that's what you may do, but when someone plays video games, he/she does a lot more than just stare at the screen. To respond to the thing said about family, of course family is important, sometimes, a person, in this blogger's opinion, needs time to be just away from the world in which he/she lives. Video games are one of the options a person has.

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