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Rantings Of A Madman

No, I'm not "MAD", but I do think more than what I would consider healthy. For that reason I write, I vent, I try to resolve. Well I guess this is a Ranting Of A Madman (ROAM)

Author: Ceredwynn

Retardation & Video Games

Posted by Ceredwynn Saturday July 26 2008 at 2:55PM
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Ok, this is basically my recollection of a discussion I had with a friend, but mainly just the parts I was saying so this isn't going to be a huge dialogue between two people. Just to set it up my friend Jeff was going off on how video games will lead to retardation. Mainly cause he knows how I like to defend video games and gamers from this kind of nonsense and an argument ensues... oh and my statements are kind of all over the place so bare with me.

There been no clinical proof of retardation as a direct result from video games. The best I heard so far is that it may cause metal illnesses, but that's still being researched and therefore inconclusive. Anyways, this is no difference from the argument that video games is the cause of violence and/or the rise of violence. Video games do have subtle yet small impacts on peoples lives let's just get that clear.

From what I've seen games may cater to someones anti-socialism, bad diets, and poor hygiene. However I've seen games improve peoples reading, logic pronunciation, behavior, understanding, and their vocabulary. You have to study across the board from all video game genres and the impacts they may or may not have. There are about several main genres of games and about 3 to 4 sub-genres under those; your statements are based off of a small percentile of stereotypical gamers which you ignorantly generalized to every single person that indulges in a video game. I'm not trying to knock the hardcore gamers cause many of them don't fit the description you just posted. These guys or girl have jobs or makes a living off video games, they have relationships, children and live a life with chronic gaming which to me is amazing.

To really grasp what it is that you're claiming to to know. You not only have to only sit down and play the various games, but you have to involve yourself in the gaming community. Both Online and Offline, at the various events. Chances are you'll find exactly what you're looking for which are those guys that take it too serious, but that's no different from the Trekkies. You'll also find people that aren't in that stereotype, which for a person like you probably can't comprehend. Really what you're saying is retardation isn't; someone that is anti-social generally doesn't develop that behavior directly from video games. That's something they usually have prior and therefore you can't blame video games or movies or the cult followers of something they hopelessly passionately like. People that are anti-social aren't so because of the Comics, Movies, Video Games or whatever you want to blame it on. These medias cater to it, but they do not develop anti-socialism. Even if a person is considered anti-social chances are they are conversing with hundreds if not thousands of people that have the common interest of that video game or more. Sure it may not be considered as a valid form of communication based off a video to the masses, but it still is a form of communing.

Now let's talk about this business about people loosing themselves in the video game and being detached from reality. This is probably the biggest load of crap I've heard. Unlike Trekkies, Matrix or Star Wars Fans there isn't a following like them in the video game world. The only time people come close to that are at the conventions when they more or less Cosplay. Generally the only time people Cosplay are at events and don't usually Cosplay in everyday life. Getting back to the whole reality vs virtual reality and the damages of perceptions is a joke. The entire purpose of a video game is to emerge the player into the creative universe of the game they are playing. This is generally the reason why people do play video games, other than various components of the video game itself. This doesn't mean video games are outrageously fictional since there are a huge mass of games based on our reality or our history and strive to be as realistic as possible. If you knew anything about video games you would know that not all games detach you from reality, there are many games that either reattach you or attach you to reality and get you thinking during the process.

I don't know what more to say other than you knew your post was going to be an ill-informed attack on a group of people. Maybe you like attention regardless of what kind of attention it is.