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I recently got guest-published for the tech website www.kitguru.net after sending in a few messages about articles concerning the release of GTA V and how the outside media is taking it. I'm assuming you've heard, but most herald 'violent' video games as the main culprit for the so called 'rising violence levels' (has there been a time when the media wasn't talking about 'rising levels of violence'?)

To counter-balance this I messaged in saying, well, rather than pointing out their ignorance and arrogance, why not try and highlight the positive elements of gaming; the difference it can make to people's lives.

You can read my post at the bottom of the page here: http://www.kitguru.net/software/gaming/jon-martindale/what-good-do-games-do-send-us-your-stories/

I bring up the social and mental health elements that gaming provides, and, specifically, the difference gaming can make to disabled people. I also bring up the charities that are founded on the principle of getting disabled people into games where social structure and how you look evaporates.

I thought it'd be interesting to bring up here and see what everyone else thinks.
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Violence has been steadily decreasing, always.

I think it's kind of false to claim that gaming has any great benefits beyond entertainment. Yes it might help people socially, although just socialising would work better, and it seems to increase hand-eye co-ordination and problem solving ability, but none of this will convince any moron who things games cause violence to stop being a moron.
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Violence has been steadily decreasing, always.

I think it's kind of false to claim that gaming has any great benefits beyond entertainment. Yes it might help people socially, although just socialising would work better, and it seems to increase hand-eye co-ordination and problem solving ability, but none of this will convince any moron who things games cause violence to stop being a moron.


Well then this is no different to the landing on the moon discussion we had

The nature of it helping socially means it helps people emotionally and mentally. Being social is good for you, one way or another. I don't think it occurring purely in the physical space is all that relevant anymore, experience is experience, regardless of how its attained.
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Oh, the benefits of video gaming are immense. Recent studies have shown that it increases serial killer efficiency by up to 90% aswell as offering brilliant educational tools for budding young murderers and arsonists around the world. If it weren't for Rockstar's latest opus, Grand Theft Auto the Fifth, I would never know how to fill a car with dead hookers, coat it in petrol and set it on fire. I'm reaping the benefits of this learning experience every day.
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vidya games are the work for the devil
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#7
There are no benefits to gaming. You should feel bad.
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nice one m8

video games are immensely beneficial, especially to kids with mental problems
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I don't play a lot of video games anymore. Video games attract fat chicks.
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I don't play a lot of video games anymore. Video games attract fat chicks.


All the girls I know who play video games are pretty attractive.
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All the girls I know who play video games are pretty attractive.



All the forum posters I know who say that are lying or have really low standards.
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...it seems to increase hand-eye co-ordination...

Video games only improve video game hand-eye co-ordination. Doesn't improve your co-ordination in the real world.
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#17
Video games are beneficial because they allow you the hours of loneliness necessary to perfect your masturbation technique.
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#20
People think it's fun and get joy from it. That's a benefit. Why over-think it?
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#22
Video games are for people who smoke the devil's lettuce.
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#23
most video games are a waste of your time unless you honestly can't think of something better to do. like read a book.

management and strategy games are a different story.
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most video games are a waste of your time unless you honestly can't think of something better to do. like read a book.

management and strategy games are a different story.


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most video games are a waste of your time unless you honestly can't think of something better to do. like read a book.

management and strategy games are a different story.


What the fuck is a book?
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#26
Video games where you have to think are good.
Games like GTA are mindless, it's no wonder they get boring after an hour.
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most video games are a waste of your time unless you honestly can't think of something better to do. like read a book.

management and strategy games are a different story.

I play video games to take a break from all the reading I do.
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management and strategy games are a different story.
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#30
Damn, I thought this was going to turn into a "hot chicks playing video games thread". I have no opinion on the subject now.
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#32
I can't really see any benefits coming from video games aside from escapism and entertainment. That's not to demean them or anything. I haven't read what you wrote yet but I will soon. Maybe I should be playing more video games
#33
The only really positive thing about gaming is playing with friends and sometimes when games actually make you think like Portal. Its the same way that watching a film, listening to music doesn't really have a positive effect. Its just neutral. Its just a way to enjoy being in a completely new world to our own and in certain games like GTA and Skyrim, the freedom to explore. Its also giving you the possibility to simulate things in your own home that you may not necessarily be able to do outside of it due to any reason. You might not have the money and possibility to become a racing driver but Gran Turismo, iRacing and Forza give you the closest thing to it. It won't be anything like the real thing but it will be a good alternative.
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What the fuck is a book?

I thought it was some kind of Asian dish.
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most video games are a waste of your time unless you honestly can't think of something better to do. like read a book.

Meh books are just the same. There are a lot of books that are dull, uninspiring, and ultimately pointless (beyond mere entertainment) just the same as there are games.

I think most all advantages books and films give you can get from a decent game (apart from general literacy of course, which is obviously the pretty much just books' realm).
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I think every video game should be sold with a fleshlight.
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I can't really see any benefits coming from video games aside from escapism and entertainment. That's not to demean them or anything. I haven't read what you wrote yet but I will soon. Maybe I should be playing more video games


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