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coordination such as The Sims, holding relationships with other characters and balancing their virtual lives, they allow for other cognitive skills (Johnson). Critical thinking skills are also gained while playing video games. As explained by Steven Johnson, “The premise that games teach generalized skills that apply in real-world situations has been corroborated by recent studies.” After all the research done with gamers and
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VIDEO GAMES: A MISUNDERSTOOD CONCEPT San Juan 5 non-gamers, they found that there are many positive connotations. Video games make you analyze what is at hand and how you are going to overcome the task. When you constantly die in a shooting game, you find out what you are doing wrong and what the other team is doing and then you find ways to counter them and get many kills. There are so many pros that come hand and hand in playing video games. Yes in any video games you could fail or die. But that is the beauty about video games. They give you millions and millions of tries to succeed and feel how it feels to win. A popular game that gives you this feeling of sanity and wanting to keep trying to get your high score would be Tetris. In this game you have to use your brain to see where the blocks fit and how you could create a strategy to clear the lines and gain your high score. The game allows you to see the upcoming block so you use your critical thinking skills to see how you could fix the blocks so the next piece could fit. With these all being thought of, many will say what about action games? Won’t they correlate with gamers being violent and committing harmful crimes? Many would believe playing games such as Call of Duty or any shooting games can promote aggressive behaviors. But basically any game can cause this type of behavior due to the fact that if you fail, this could lead to raging or high levels of anger. In first-person shooter games, if you constantly keep dying and you can’t control your anger, you could build up a lot of hatred and protrude those feelings on others outside of the gaming community. “Studies have shown that playing violent video games can increase aggressive thoughts, behaviors, and feelings in both the short-term and long- term(Goldbeck and Pew).” Although it can cause all these things, you could play video games as a stress reliever. From studies by Christopher J. Ferguson, he found that, “...violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management…” You could release this anger towards the game instead of others. If given a difficult or stressful challenge in the game,
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VIDEO GAMES: A MISUNDERSTOOD CONCEPT San Juan 6 to relieve all the tension, one could play games that don’t cause these aggressions such as music games, sports games, etc. Playing video games are not bad at all. There are many assumptions about video games being violent but many studies show that “According to a 2001 U.S. Surgeon General's report, the strongest risk factors for school shootings centered on mental stability and the quality of home life, not media exposure (Jenkins).” This shows that violence and shootings
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