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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Video Games Can Make Us Heroes

Nearly everyone agrees that violent video games are bad for kids. Scholars just disagree about how much they are bad for kids.

But here is an interesting read arguing video games are good for us, based on this new book.

Play on! (just don't hurt anyone in the real world, please).


  1. It is nice to see some positive light on video games for once. I just read an article about how the Russian Media thought a level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could be to blame for the attack in the Russian Airport. I don't really think that is fair, if you wanted you could blame any crime on a video game at this point. I do think parents should keep an eye out on what their children play, but that can be said about anything your children do, be it movies, tv shows, books.

  2. This is very interesting to me because I have never (like many other people) thought of viewing video games in a positive light. I have never thought they were horrible, but I just didn't see the point in wasting your day in front of a tv screen. I have played games before, so I do understand her argument on goal seeking and reward/punishment. Maybe I'm wrong, but she is stating that the world is dull and with video games you can escape reality into your own virtual reality. Is that always good? Video games in moderation I don't see as a problem, but when games become addictive because of this constant need to escape your own life.. that isn't healthy at all. There are just many different reasons people play video games and they are not all bad, but I don't agree with video games being ALL good.