roll dice on moving a figurine the number of spaces you roll. While there is strategy to those today our youth and young adults play video games. Outdoor games might help you figure out how to hide better than another or out think someone playing a board game. Studies are proving more and more that sitting in front of a television playing video games is helping us make faster decisions, have faster reflexes --if you were to drop something--, even drive a little safer. “Video Games Lead to Faster Decisions that are No Less Accurate.” (UR, 2010) Cognitive scientists discovered playing video games that were action based or real first person video games. Games such as the Call of Duty series, Battlefield, and Unreal Tournament are a few examples of those types of games. Call of Duty 2 was used in a study and helped to determine that the quick decisions that were made during game play was then relayed into real life scenarios. The people who were involved in the study were those who do not play video games regularly, ranging in age from 18-25, and both male and female “the participants had to look at a screen, analyze what was going on, and answer a simple question about the action in as little time as possible” (UR, 2010) The results from this study have shown that people do benefit from playing these video games which are viewed as violent and offensive by most. Where the games, like Call of Duty, do have a violence based content to them, they are used as ways for some to see how it is and
Video Games 4 what it is like to be in a war or tactical based environment. People will often confuse this with those who just want to see death or learn these tactics and pick up the habits from the games. “The effect of video games on the brain [is] very similar to the effect of wine on the health.” (Bavelier, 2012) There are many other people that say playing these video games is leading to increased violence in youth and are desensitizing. Most American kids do play video games; the center of the video game market has shifted older as the first generation of gamers continues to play into adulthood. Already 62 percent of the console market and 66 percent of the PC market is age 18
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- English, Call of Duty, Daphne Bavelier