Monday, December 10, 2012

Are Video Games Good for Children?

Is it beneficial for children to play video games? My answer would be yes but that;s only because I spent most of my time playing on some console or on the computer. But research is showing that games are not a waste of time but have positive results. I think this is cool, though with such a wide spectrum of games, there have been positive and negative results from all kinds of games. I think it's careless to lump all games together and say that they're beneficial. there's a reason games have ratings. This is an article that says , "...serious games and virtual environments may be the future of education. Not only do students find gaming more approachable and engaging than lectures and PowerPoint presentations, they insist on them. Simulations also provide a more inviting and lifelike context in which to make choices, see results, and apply learning in real-time. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) states that kids actually need more, not less, video game play as a result. Citing games’ ability to prepare workers for the increasingly competitive global job market, the organization says that games promote strategic thinking, interpretative analysis, plan formulation, and ability to respond to change." 

What sort of simulations? And even if someone is a great gamer, how will you tear them away from being the king of a virtual world to Joe Schmo in the real world? Isn't that why games get so addicting, because we know it's a controlled world?

It seems like this argument could go in circles for days and no one could get anywhere because there's just too many games to use as arguments for both sides. This is actually what I'm struggling with for the topic of my paper. Anyone have thoughts? 


  1. #8 You're definitely right in that there can be arguments made for both sides. What's nice is that video games are finally being recognized not solely as a "danger to society". It's no longer a lop-sided argument. I played a lot of video games when I was younger, I never once thought that it had a negative impact on me or my brothers. Sure, it sparked lively competition and occasional bickering, but that was going to happen in whatever we were doing. Games catering to all kinds of audiences now-a-days, some are better for kids, some are not, I believe its the parents job to draw the line between the two. There's no doubting video games are worth investing in though, especially in regard to the simulations they can generate.

  2. Post #11

    I think that it depends on what video games are played. Educational video games are definitely beneficial to kids' learning. Games can learn educational information in a fun way, and attribute that information to images, which helps with memory. I think certain video games can be beneficial for problem solving, and can help kids pay attention to important details. Certain video games can also inspire creativity in children and the love of learning. Parents still need to pay attention to which games their children are playing. Ratings and content are important. if the game isn't an educational game, it has to be some other game that it beneficial to the child's growth. I obviously wouldn't think that maturely rated video games would be appropriate, but overall I think that games definitely can benefit a child's learning skills. They also help kids prepare for an adult life full of technology and computers.

  3. I think a lot of what makes games addicting to kids is the fact that kids, generally, have more time for play. In my experience, as people get older, they tend to spend less time on games naturally and don't have go break an addiction. I think that games are more beneficial to kids then they are harmful. The problem solving, hand eye coordination, and such that games help with outweigh a lot of the negatives, especially as games are getting more social in nature.