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123Gamer

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#1 8 years ago

Do you feel gaming is good for you? What pros and cons do you see? I personally like online gaming as it allows me to make friends and play with the friends I already have. It also tends to be a good stress reliever when playing offline (playing online and losing can be stressful) It does keep me inside more, but I do enough that it is not really a bother to my overall time How about everyone else?




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#2 8 years ago

Pros:

  • It's fun.
  • Games can help people who are not native English speakers to learn English more easily. This can actually apply to any language since not all games are in English.
  • Online players can meet people they normally would probably never meet and make friends with them, altough some people (parents) say that online friends are not really "friends" and force their kids (even physically punish them if they don't comply) to go outside and make some "real" friends instead of wasting their time talking to a computer.

Cons:

  • Spending too much time sitting at the computer can be bad for the health. Eyesight degrades, back starts to hurt from not sitting properly, body gains weight (aka, you get fat =p) due to lack of physical activity, etc.
  • Computers need power to work. And electricity isn't free.
  • Internet access isn't free either, so online gaming can be quite expensive sport.

I can't think of anything else at the moment.




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#3 8 years ago

Our local news recently aired a segment while PAX was in town stating that a study had been done comparing those playing slow paced socio-economic games like the SIMs series to those playing shooter games. This study was done in Rochester NY by a team of 3 researchers and non gamers ages 18-25 were used so as not to skew the results. Despite the myth that FPS players are mindless idiots playing shallow games, those playing them made decisions quicker in tests thereafter, and just as accurately as those playing SIMs. These were real world random questions on the test btw that are not gaming related.

Take it for what you will, but there's no evidence that playing shooter video games, supposedly still the largest genre in gaming, has any negative affects mentally. If anything is seems to make your decision making a bit sharper and just as accurate. So I would say overall gaming from a mental standpoint is good stimulus to your brain. If done obsessively however it can have adverse affects socially, and that's the only factor in which I've ever seen gaming as being potentially harmful from my own personal experience and from those of others I've seen.




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#4 8 years ago

i think gaming is good for anyone because you can interact with other people while playing the game but dont get to addictive to the game.




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#5 8 years ago

"Is gaming good for you?"-YES




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#6 8 years ago

Excess of anything is bad for you. Too much oxygen or water can kill, y'know.




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#7 8 years ago

I think gaming is great as long as its not the only thing you do.

Its a great way to relieve stress after and long or hard day, or if your in a bad mood.




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#8 8 years ago

Unless you play CoD4, in which case it's a great way to cause stress and put you in a bad mood...

It's supposedly been proven that action games of that sort can lead to increased cognitive speed though, so that's another thing to add in it's favour. Besides, exposure to anything that has cultural influence must have it's value, right?




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#9 8 years ago

I read somewhere that Ophthalmologsts (eye doctors) had been using video games to repair different parts of the eye. Well, are attempting to fix the eye.




BlitZ, The 57th

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#10 8 years ago

Tricorder;5398783Pros:

  • It's fun.
  • Games can help people who are not native English speakers to learn English more easily. This can actually apply to any language since not all games are in English.
  • Online players can meet people they normally would probably never meet and make friends with them, altough some people (parents) say that online friends are not really "friends" and force their kids (even physically punish them if they don't comply) to go outside and make some "real" friends instead of wasting their time talking to a computer.

Cons:

  • Spending too much time sitting at the computer can be bad for the health. Eyesight degrades, back starts to hurt from not sitting properly, body gains weight (aka, you get fat =p) due to lack of physical activity, etc.
  • Computers need power to work. And electricity isn't free.
  • Internet access isn't free either, so online gaming can be quite expensive sport.

I can't think of anything else at the moment.

+ Certain games stimulate the mind, preventing Alzhemier's Disease in elderlies! Yeah! Cyber-five!




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