Games & gear forum: Video games are making you waste your life away if -

by: Wiser34 August 26, 2011 4:27 AM PDT

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Video games are making you waste your life away if -

by Wiser34 - 8/26/11 4:27 AM

- you play more than 8 hours a week.

Common myths associated with video games:
1. It relieves stress because it distracts you.
a. This is so far from the psychological truth it's not even funny. If you want to release stress, then exercise or read a book. The difference between a book and a video game is that books actually force you to use intellect and your imagination while video games simply provide the imagination for you. Providing imagination and using your own imagination are two very different things.
2. Hand-eye coordination.
a. Yeah...lmao what a horrible excuse to display the "positive" effects of playing video games. Technically the only positive effects for playing video games would be the profit that companies make from the sales, not to mention how effectively it distracts people from the REAL WORLD. Distracting people makes it easier for politicians, businessmen, and other people that run things to manipulate the masses into doing what they want you to do. Want to improve hand-eye coordiation? Play some basketball or baseball. These hobbies will help you to ACTUALLY release stress, increase hand-eye coordination, and stay physically healthy, unlike video games.
b. If you want to play a game that actually forces you to use intellect, then play a puzzle or strategy game (and I don't mean Starcraft).
3. People tend to start taking video games too seriously, start to confuse the digital world with the real world.
a. http://www.gamersmark.com/node/1333 . Enough said.

Final note: This post wasn't intended to demonize video games. It's ok if you play them for less than 8 hours a week, it's not ok (ok means healthy and productive) to play them 10-20 hours a week like the no-life average gamer does. Study psychology and you will begin to understand just how ineffective video games are for releasing stress. Watch a unfortunately serious gamer play sometime, you will see how frustrated the game makes him and how the frustration only continues after he/she is done play the video game.
For the record, Dance Dance Revolution is a decent video game because it actually requires physical movement. Puzzle & strategy games (not including the Starcraft games) are decent because they actually require the use of intellect. All in all, don't insult yourself by beginning to take video games seriously and playing them too often. Be a healthy and productive person by only playing 8 hours or less a week. Get a challenging job (no video games aren't challenging, unless you have the I.Q. of a rock), never stop learning, and be productive (create/invent something, write a book, something other than mindless video game playing!).

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