All fun and games

joystick-2-1242633Roberto Gomez, Aztec Voice

Video games: they have been debated for years. Some say it’s bad for you or it may help you in an unknown situation. It all just depends on how the video games are used. They could help with reflexes, memory and other things. In addition, it could lead to bad things if used unreasonably, like not being able to sleep, having fantasies, depression and antisocial behavior.

There are other benefits to video games, and they do help in some parts in life. If we use the time properly, then having this enhancement to our brains is wonderful. If the right games are played, they will make our senses even better.

According to psychologist Chacha Tumbokon, “Video games make learning fun. Your kid likes games because of the colors, the animation, the eye candy, as well as the interactivity and the challenge and the rewards of winning. The best way to learn is when the learner is having fun at the same time.”

On the other hand there are bad effects to playing video games, too. A lot of that has to do with violence because with violence in the world today it may not help with being social or decisions we make.

Tumbokon explained that “most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping,” according to a scientific study by Anderson and Bushman.

Some people don’t even get affected by those two factors or they may for one or the other. Other things people could get is video game withdrawal, which is having symptoms of a lot of bad things like anxiety, crying, headaches and nausea.

“I don’t know, I usually play three or four hours, and no video game withdrawal,” junior Jose Gonzalez said.

Other people have enough time to have their daily brain workout. To work out your brain a lot will help in life; friends will make it more fun.

“I play one hour of video games with my friends, and I don’t have much time and no video game withdrawal,” junior Reno Villanueva said.

Some people are just neutral: they either don’t play many video games or any type of game. They do it for the fun of it.

“I play them because they are fun and addicting, some of them, and I get bored since I don’t have a lot to do,” junior Angela Galaviz said.

Some people actually get to play a lot but on their phone, but still no video game withdrawal. They could end up with video game withdrawal if it becomes too much.

“I play a lot of phone games, and I have no video game withdrawal,” sophomore Guadalupe Calderón said.


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