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Are video games beneficial or detrimental to humans?

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

Philosophy of Disciplines Term 3 Presentation

Mani & Nikthyan ~ 4.14 - Moses


Introduction to [V.G.]
Video games are:
played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a television screen or display by means of a controller

Played on various platforms:

Xbox 360 PC PS3 Nintendo Wii PSP


Examples of [V.G.]
Batman: Arkham City Battlefield 3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim FIFA Soccer 12 Grand Theft Auto IV Mass Effect 3 NBA 2K12 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City


Arguments for [V.G.]

Studies conducted by researchers show that gaming:
helps to improve creativity develops problem solving and logic skills improves hand-eye coordination and perception improves memory promotes risk-taking, etc.

Women who made up a total of 42% of all gamers in the world were better able to manipulate 3D objects Act as a platform to test something out (Flight simulation, etc.)

Arguments for [V.G.] (cont.)

Encourage players to be helpful (Psychol Sci. 20(5):594-602.) Help players to adapt to changes better Improve the pattern identifying skill of players Act as a pain reliever through both distraction and movement

Help players to make decisions 25% faster without sacrificing accuracy

Provide players with an outlet for stress relief

Arguments against [V.G.]

Make people more aggressive Are not age-friendly Violent videogames can alter brain function Compulsive gaming leads to overweight On average up to 18 hours a week is wasted on videogames Tend to lead to addiction
leads to becoming physically inactive leads to becoming socially reclusive social relationships take a hit

Cause physical injuries

Case Studies

For [V.G.]
Glen Johnson, a Liverpool right-back, declared FIFA 10 to be his savior after he came back from his injury break and scored 3 goals in the next 4 matches
said that FIFA Soccer 10 helped him to improve his attacking aspect of his game and to be ready for the opponent by reading how the opponent plays in the game

Numerous soldiers have benefited from playing Americas Army as well have the general public

Against [V.G.]
In April 2000, 16-year-old Spanish teenager Jos Rabadn Pardo murdered his father, mother and his sister with a katana, proclaiming that he was on an "avenging mission" by Squall Leonhart, the main character of the video game Final Fantasy VIII. On June 2003, 18-year-old American Devin Moore shot and killed two policemen and a dispatcher after grabbing one of the officers' weapons following an arrest for the possession of a stolen vehicle. At trial, the defense claimed that Moore had been inspired by the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Against [V.G.] (cont.)

On June 2003, two American step brothers, Joshua and William Buckner, aged 14 and 16, respectively, used a rifle to fire at vehicles on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, killing a 45-year-old man and wounding a 19-year-old woman. The two shooters told investigators they had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto III. In June 2008, four teens allegedly obsessed with Grand Theft Auto IV went on a crime spree after being in New Hyde Park, New York. They first robbed a man, knocking his teeth out and then they stopped a woman driving a black BMW and stole her car and her cigarettes.

Against [V.G.] (cont.)

In May 2010, French gamer Julien Barreaux located and stabbed a fellow player who had stabbed Barreaux on the game Counter-Strike. The judge at his trial called him "a menace to society. On April 2011 in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, The Netherlands, 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in a shopping mall, releasing more than a hundred bullets with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, killing 6 people and wounding 17 others, after which he also killed himself.
the attack bore uncanny similarities to the No Russian mission in the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

PreRecorded Debate

Personal Opinion

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