Saturday, March 21, 2009

Video Games: Harmful or Helpful?

For many years, video games have been a popular, recreational activity for the young and old. However, there is concern that they can have negative effects on people as well. Share your ideas on the benefits and possible negative effects on people. How can we learn to balance playing video games with other actvities?

Watch Randall's Video on this topic and then post your reaction to this topic:

http://www.esl-lab.com/game-boy/videogames-video.htm

35 comments:

Bruno/Ingrid said...

Learning how to balance playing video games with other activities is the hardest thing to do once children ( and adults too!!) get addicted to it. Firstly, I don't think it's healthy to spend too much time playing video games by oneself - it should be a social event/activity instead. I think one should learn how to set a time during the day when s/he could spend a couple of hours playing video games. Finally, there are great many benefits from playing games. Children learn how to think fast, multi-task, and if they love playing RPGs, I'm sure they'll develop their reading skills and improve their vocabulary.

szolive said...

More and more the young and old are attracted by video games. It's the best awful thing to wallow in playing video games, wastes time and energy. So we have to think how to limit time and choice the benefits video games. Let's enjoy relax time of playing video games by the style of health. I agree Randall's opinion in his video. I think the example,video of Randall is short and we benefit from this video.

Anonymous said...

I think that the Video games are kind a help full because not everytime always somethings fun in TV. But too much Video Games are defenetly not good for you, not good for your eyes your brain and you kind of get adicted to it with is not a good thing.

TopViet said...

I agreed with Randall. Play video game is good but need to limit to certain time. It's not good to play game all the time.

Anonymous said...

It's very good to play video game. It's necessary to have time limit. Two hours for day, it's fine.

Anonymous said...

Hello my name is Joel and I have a video game, my mother only allows me to play one hour and a half,
but I think that some games are fine but others not.

Anonymous said...

honestly I do not like video games because they are very aggressive, some children spend hours playing video games and such behavior can be altered, I think you should once in a while one hours a week would not be bad depending on the game but seriously much better if the children do any kind of sport that will help your physical health and to clear his mind instead of spoiling it with these games

meloni carrera

OMar MOsquera said...

I think is good to have video games in my personal opinion I enjoy a lot playing but no like 5 ours maybe 1 hour because we have other things to do like study and all this things but I enjoy a lot to play with video games.

Robert said...

I really agree with the man. Becouse children do not have only the choice to play videogames. So there are many options like soccer basketball or any stuff that the kid want or choice. So try to prove something new is a good way to get distraction or fun, so i really agree with the man.

Anonymous said...

Everything has its merits and demerits. It depends on you control it or let it control yourself. In my opinion, playing video games help people, especially children improve their thinking and acting speed. Some video games tend to help improve intelligence. The harm also depends on what game you play and whether you are addicted or not. Nowadays, games online has launched and most of them remain violence and sex. If you have children, you should avoid them to these games. In my country, there is a true story in which a boys killed his cousin to steal money for playing games online. I think either his parents or society is responsible for his evil. So management games online is still an issue causing headache for the government. In my opinion, education is the basic solution. We should educate kids to know that they have to be responsible for their action. "Prevent better than cure". Don't distract the problem and regret at the end.

Anonymous said...

Talking about the video games,Ithink video games are both helpful and harmful for children.Helpful in a sense that is improves reflexes of a child but the harmful part is that it is addictive.
And because of the hype of the new gaming consoles video games have become more prominent.

Kiara said...

Anything in moderation is healthy. Playing Video/Download Games are worldwide, we can't deny that fact. By choosing what kind of video games students must play, through this, they will learn a lot. Games are now being incorporated in students' lesson. Time management is needed to schedule everything.

senem said...

in my opinion computer game is harmful because not good for healthy ,so people don't play all time

AYL!N said...

I think that the video games are very enjoy because I have a good time, and I very relax. I sometimes spend 6 hours for computer games, and I forget do my homework:)

Ati Kasırga said...

I think Video Games are funny..When we have stress, we can feel happy with them.. But too much Video Games are defenetly not good for you, not good for your eyes your brain and you kind of get adicted to it with is not a good thing.

nis90 said...

I like video game.I play video games in free time. like word games very much .when ı have free time.I play words games.Then I learn many word English turkish.

Nuri said...

I think that the video games are enjoyable,exciting and sometimes angry for me,but video games play very much unhealthy.

gns said...

The video games are very enjoyable , and I believe that many video games player agree with me.I know its not always useful but I cant control myself.

tuba said...

I agreed with bruno..Children learn how to think fast...

fatih said...

l agree with it partly. people must not spend their own time with it.

ultraslan said...

ı agreed with Bruno. playing game is good, but we don`t play too much. sometimes it takes a lot of time , and we can not do our jop. according to me , we should play it , but not too much .

merve said...

I think it is good to have video game. In my opinion I enjoy playing but do not like for 5 ours. maybe I play 1 hour because we have other things to do like studying and all these things but I enjoy a lot to play with video games.

kübra said...

I think video games are very funny. when we are bored time we play video games,so we relax and we have good time.

ahmet said...

this video tought us about some useful information,play game instead we can do some activities such as read books, learn new information ...

özge said...

Video games affect children's social life.It is develop to their friendships.we use to communıcate with our friends,when we play video games

feyza said...

Video games make children asocial and waste their time.Children should do some useful activities instead of playing video games.For example, they should read a book, study their lessons, and any other things.

zehra said...

ı think video games are dangerous for people ,especially for children.iın my opinion, they must do useful work in their fire time.

esra said...

l think video games are just for children.some people love video games but if s/he always play same game,video games can be boring...ın my opinion watch the movies better than the video games:))

Anonymous said...

I like video games, but I don't like progressive game because it very dangerous for people.

ozcan said...

unVideo games is enjoyable for kids and adults, but nobody spend a lot of time in these game because it can be harmful especially for kids.This state can kill their creative skills.

bedrettin said...

Many children enjoy video games, and they are addicted to them. They spend very time on game. Game affects their behavior

Mujeeb said...

Video games can be either, harmful or helpful but this mainly depends on the gamer. If the gamer likes to play violent games, then this may have a negative impact on his attitude towards others in the real life. On the otherhand, if he/she plays educational games this will help him/her to improve their utilization of their brain. But time-management is neccessary too so that the gamer doesnt lag behind in social activities.

Anonymous said...

videogames are helpful for alot of reasons.Firstly,they can help overcome boredom;young children will not nag to their parnents about taking him here and there.
I can't imagine why video games might be harmful.

Star said...

It depends on their contents of those games. If the game is about killing, violence, gambling, or pron, it's definitely not good for children or even for adults. Living in an unrealistic world would make people dull, and our mental health will be affected. Moreover, peopele tend to imitate what they have seen or heard. For example, in Taiwan, some teenagers killed people just for fun after they read violent comic books. Children should spend more time on reading or going outdoors to enjoy nature. There are a lot of other options for them to do during their free time. So even those unharmful video games, people shouldn't spend too much time on them. A little time on games might be alright, because people need relaxation. However, don't make it into a habit. After all, playing games cannot make you get wisdom. As human beings, we need to lead a more meaningful life.

Star from Taiwan

Anonymous said...

My experience with video games was a very bad one when I was a boy. I used to play so much that I was too bad a pupil. It took me some time to bridge the gap between me and my education. It makes me really feel bad to speak about it. I sold the handheld consoles (Game Boy) and TV consoles (Super Nintendo) that I had and vowed not to buy and play video games anymore. I found relief in books, which developed my intellectual capabilities; and eventually graduated at post-graduate level at university. So there is one thing I am sure of -- never in my life will I play again or buy again video games.

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