Video games exploratory paper

While i do agree with yanigun points on video games

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myself this question: isn’t violent video games a gateway to aggressive action? While I do agree with Yanigun points on video games not being a main contributor, I couldn’t help to think that it may persuade a person to pick up a weapon. Take for example Rebecca Leung’s article; she
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argues that Devin Moore went on a killing after extensively playing Grand Theft Auto. I begin to realize games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto give players weapons like guns and knife from the start, and give them the power to eliminate whoever they want. Because players experience the freedom without punishment, they then take that security and freedom and experience it in reality. At this point I begin to wonder if video game impacted society negatively in other ways, outside of violence. Perhaps that could help me decide whether video games can be truly beneficial. Before closing the essay I decided to look back at the text, Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings and found an interesting illustration. This illustration was sponsored by The British Heart Foundation, Diabtes UK, and Cancer Research UK. The illustration depicts a young child sitting in an unenthusiastic manner with a video game controller in hand. He seems to be completely occupied in the video games, and on top of the illustration, in big bolded letters, there is a “RISK AN EARLY DEATH , JUST DO NOTHING”(Anthology of Arguments, 448) banner. Just under the banner there is a text that states 9 out of 10 kids will grow up to be unhealthy and early death may occur from heart disease, diabetes or cancer. It then provides a link to the website and advices parents to always keep their kids active. This illustration, while very original does a great job in getting the message across. I believe it was very effective because both my brother and I have gone through similar weight problems from not being active, mainly from staying stationary playing games. The statistic alone was thought provoking enough. But like Yanigun, I believe that this illustration does not entail the entire problem. Death from heart diseases and diabetes occur from being overweight, yet another issue that involves other factors. While I mentioned I have experience something similarly, my overweight problem occurred because I was eating non healthy food on a daily
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basis as well as playing video games. It is very hard to decide that video game is the main reason for these diseases when there are so many causes for it. As I come to the end of my exploration I begin to see that this topic is large and more complex now than ever. I had originally started this exploration with the mindset that video games are bad for society, end of the story. I was however, very shocked to find articles that opposes this argument and provided extremely logical and ethical information. For as long as I can remember, video games, especially violent ones were look down upon and associated with bad things. This essay certainly proves to me the possibility of video game being a positive part of society is definitely attainable. As I finish up I cannot seem to find the answer to my question.
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