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Video Games Case

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Video games have been on the rise since it was introduced in the 1970's and has become the most popular form of entertainment for both adults and children. When video games were first introduced there was only one video system available, there are now many game systems available. We play them because they are fun and we enjoy the many situations that are given in video games such as fighting scenes and the difficulty that allows us to solve problems. Games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto have become so popular that combined they have made over 5 billion dollars in revenue. Video games are used as form of entertainment and stress relievers. Although video games are entertaining many question the effects it may have and if they can be beneficial.

Video games cover a variety of genres from learning games, to violent, fantasy, puzzle solving and strategy however there are many effects that are produced by playing video games both positive and negative. Positive effects from playing video games include problem solving skills, critical thinking, perseverance and pattern recognition unfortunately there are negative side effects as well such as eye strain, wrist pain, photosensitive epilepsy and increased aggression. Many research studies have been performed on both children and adults to determine the effects both positive and negative. The biggest worry that there is with children playing video games is the amount of time that they spend playing these games. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 children play video games and about 64% of American children play video games for at least one hour a day. The amount of time spent playing video games is attributed to the fact that most games contain challenges which the child can become obsessed to overcome.

Video games can help children learn things such as problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, perseverance, pattern recognition, mapping, memory and quick thinking skills. Many games are geared at teaching children many things such as colors, numbers, ABC's and math and writing skills. Video games can be powerful aids to help children learn. Video games also help to develop hand-eye coordination as well as increase the confidence and self-esteem of the child. Video games can also help children with autism to develop language and provides play therapy for inhibited children. Video games can also help children who have a learning disability learn more efficiently. It increases the learning process by repetition. The more the child plays the game the more their brain processes and stores the skills being learned. Video games also improve the child's ability to use a computer


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