Anything can be done to excess and that usually is bad. Nothing is wrong with gaming it does have some benefits such as problem solving, managing, planning, creative thinking, to name a few. When I first saw Pong in the 60's I was fascinated with gaming, being 54 it lead me into the computer/IT industry. I've found quite a few other professionals (doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc) in their 30's, 40's, and 50's that play online games. We use it as a release from the stresses of life. Society accepts other forms of releases because they have been around longer such as drinking alcohol, TV, movies, sports to the extreme (golf, softball, hunting come to mind), cards or board games, etc… Serious gamers, I’ve found are not much interested in abusing or even doing alcohol or drugs because they desire to do their best in game. Other activities are usually much more expensive and can be more time consuming as well. Yes it is important to have social skills and human inaction, my guild and local friends get together at times and have dinner and yes we talk about our games. Games do offer a high level of fun, entertainment and enjoyment that is seldom found in other activities as I have tried many others over years. As to the argument that it promotes violence that is nothing but a scare tactic, if anything it relieves stress and pressure which are a more direct cause of violence. I heard a good analogy that there are more loves songs than any other, yet people sure don’t love each other more. People are responsible for their own choices of actions and use outside elements only as an excuse, so game responsibly.
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