Does Gaming Produce Any Negative Effects?

Does Gaming Produce Any Negative Effects?

March 28, 2022

This was a question that was asked constantly during the early days of the industry. Video games were a new technology and people were doubtful of them. Many likely thought that they were unproductive activities that stopped people from doing better things, and this sentiment was particularly held with children in mind. Many parents would have thought that their children had to be protected from video games because as well as causing a sense of apathy, it was also alleged that they could also cause behavioural problems such as increased aggression.

Fortunately, attitudes like these have simmered in recent years as the world has embraced video games. It is not an overstatement to suggest that video games have become a worldwide phenomenon and one only must look at the figures to support this – just under half the world’s population are gamers. Given this, it is incredible that some people still think that video games may be bad for people. In actual fact, they are as bad for people as any other form of media or entertainment source, but video games have a range of benefits too.

Of course, it is important to get the negatives of video games out of the way. When playing video games, gamers will often experience vast worlds that have been filled with carefully thought, intricate lore and characters. This can lead to wonderful, immersive experiences, but this can also encourage people to spend too much time on video games. This becomes a problem when it starts to impact people doing other things in their lives, and the extreme end of this could spiral towards video game addiction. However, this can be managed easily by allocating a set amount of time to play each day and should not be a problem for most people. It is also common to get eye strain when playing video games too, but this can be solved by wearing blue-light-blocking glasses.

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With the negatives out of the way, it is clear that there are innumerable benefits that are afforded to players when it comes to playing video games. For example, they allow gamers to have an escape from the real world. This is important for virtually everyone and all should be encouraged to have something that they can fall into after having a particularly stressful day. Some tend to access gambling sites instead and people only need to look towards the size of the industry to get an idea of how popular this activity is. While there are many places to choose from online, there are many sites like that will direct people on where the best places to play are.

Another way that games are beneficial is that they can be surprisingly educational. The Assassins’ Creed series are always set in an interesting period of history, meaning that players learn all about it as they navigate their way through the game. In this fashion, players will have great gaming experiences while learning about important characters of history too.

It should now be clear that games, while harbouring some drawbacks, are no worse than any other kind of entertainment. The benefits they offer are great though, and everyone should be encouraged to play them thanks to the potential benefits people may receive.


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