Video games have been sparking the interest of kids and adults since the Atari was born in 1972. From the original games like Pong and Pacman, to newer games seen in high definition, the video game market is constantly evolving.
I’ve been a video game lover my entire life, sticking almost entirely to the sports games that are released each year. I’ve spent countless hours in front of a television screen, sometimes alone, sometimes with family and friends. Was this all wasted time? Are video games worth the time they consume and the money they cost?
How Video Games Can Have a Positive Impact
I got my first video game console when I was 13. I’d played some games before at neighbors’ homes, but this was my first experience with my own system. It was a great way for my dad, my brothers, and I to have fun and build bonds. While this may not be the case with everyone, the hours spent playing with my family and friends have led to a number of memories I’ll never forget.
What’s Wrong with Too Much Gaming?
Video games have taken some heat in recent years due to issues with youth violence and youth obesity. Critics of video games see them as contributing to these two important issues. Kids play too many video games and don’t get outside, leading to an increasing number of them being overweight. There have been a rising number of violent acts by youth, leading some to believe that first person shooter games may be a cause. Video games can cause schoolwork to slip. If overdone, video games can be a problem for children everywhere.
The Fine Line
Some kids neglect to leave the house and play video games for hours on end. This can definitely lead to obesity and general poor health. In moderation, video games can be entertaining and positive, but too much gaming can be detrimental. Where’s the line drawn?
David’s Note: I remember spending countless hours on role-playing games like Diablo or racing games like Grand Turismo. I’m pretty sure someone can argue that I spent way too much time on them at certain times of my youth, but it will forever be a mystery whether I would actually be doing something productive instead if I never picked up a controller.
In fact, it’s hard for me to blame video games — since they naturally pushed me to spend a ton of time on the computer, ultimately piquing my interests to earn a masters degree in engineering. Though my business isn’t exactly engineering-oriented, the technical knowledge helps me tremendously with coding and understanding how the parts of this site connect together.
And let’s not forget the joy that these games provided! I still get an urge to go out and buy a copy whenever a new version comes out, since the release always bring back a flood of memories. I really don’t play anymore, but I don’t have a hint of regret for doing so back in the day.
What’s Your Experience?
My experience with video games has been very positive. Just the other night, my brothers and I played on the same team in a college football game. We had one of the most exciting times we’ve ever had playing a video game. To me, that alone is worth the cost.
I have found video games to be a good bonding activity, as well as an entertaining way to spend time inside. What’s your experience like?