1) “Video Games Are a Waste of Time”
➢ Playing video games is a valuable and productive way to spend your time. Not only do video games train your brain to make quick and accurate decisions, they also improve cognitive ability and eyesight. In addition, Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) solve real-world problems at a planetary scale, Massive Multi-player Online games (MMOs) offer healthy social networks, and Real Time Strategy games (RTS) teach technical engineering skills, and asset management tools. Playing video games is absolutely not a waste of time.
2) “Video Games Make You Apathetic”
➢ Video games encourage ingenuity, confidence, empathy and team building. And video games create caring, interested, and concerned social and studious behavior. Thousands of games incorporate multi-player mode that enhances the mentality to care about your team’s well being. Additionally, these games offer rich storylines with a legacy of lore and culture where historians write entire fantasy worlds for players to study and discuss. Video games do not make players apathetic.
3) “Video Games Are Just For Men”
➢ People have the misconception stuck in their head that video games only appeal to men, and are primarily played by men. The facts: Statistics taken from the ESA (Entertainment Software Association, http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp) show that 47% of video game players are women. There is a video game out there for everyone whether the game incorporates social interaction, sports, puzzles, or travel; men and women can find worthy entertainment in games. To discover the gamer in you, and what games you might enjoy, visit: www.TheGamerInYou.com
4) “Video Games Are Juvenile”
➢ Parents buy video games for their kids—that’s no surprise. However, the general public would be surprised to know that the average gamer is not a kid. The average video game player is 33 years old. Clearly, it’s not just young adults playing video games. Casual or hardcore, there are games created and designed for every age and every type of player.
5) “Video Game Players Are Lazy”
➢ Video game players are passionate and very hard working. The misconception that gamers are lazy couldn’t be further from the truth. Video games demand constant brain activity. Players are flooded with puzzles and challenges that are designed to closely simulate aspects of real life, and the player must garner organization and management tools to progress. Games require players to engineer worlds and solve puzzles while maintaining strategies to protect their holdings. Gaming is one of the most intense mental sports out there—like chess! Video game players are not lazy at all; they are incredibly hard working and passionate.
6) “Video Game Players Are Anti-Social”
➢ Video games are substantially more social, more beneficial and more interactive than let’s say… watching TV. In multi-player video games, the player has to constantly communicate with his or her team. It is extremely social and interactive. Single player video games also have a huge social component as well. Not only are you interacting with a synthetic form of communication (more so than TV) but also the amount of conversations regarding single player games happen all over the world on thousands of online forums, through phone conversations, at parties, and between family and friends at home or over coffee. Video games give a way for people to be even more social and creative.
7) “Video Games Are Addictive”
➢ Wine, TV, drugs, movies, adopting pets, shopping, caffeine, sugar… if a person over indulges in anything they could potentially become addicted. Does that mean that no one should ever bite into a morsel of chocolate again or pour a glass of chardonnay? Of course not. We hear all the time that a glass of wine with dinner is healthy, but too many glasses will garner addictive behavior. The point is: the same idea applies to video games. Playing an hour of video games a day before or after work improves cognitive ability and is a very healthy activity. Video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them. Video game players develop skills in multi-tasking, driving, reading, and navigation, plus gamers find improvement in their eyesight and decision-making skills. Playing video games in a work/life balance is beneficial and can enhance your lifestyle.
Over to you! What are your thoughts on video games?
As a thought leader in video game culture and its social development, Genese Davis aims to bridge the gap between families and friends of gamers who wonder about the allure behind their loved ones’ fascination with video games. She lives in Irvine, California, where she advocates for her other passion: animal rescue. For more information, visit her websites: www.GeneseDavis.com | www.TheGamerInYou.com