Sex, Drugs, And Pimply Teenagers – A Positive Perspective On Video Games Essay, Research Paper
When you watch TV, you vegetate. TV is a passive medium, you sit, eyes open mouth open if you are of a lesser stock. You take in all that is thrown at you with only two options change the channel and take a chance that you will something ?important?(like the people who were taking a whiz when JR was shot) or you can turn it off.
No one turns it off, ever, some people don?t even watch it but they leave it on. That is called background noise, just the fact that they do that, shows that TV is fluff with rarely important things on it.
Video Games, some challenge the mind, some satisfy a Neolithic bloodlust that is innate in all humans(mostly active in men). In some of these First person shooters(I will refer to them as FPS from now on) strategy is involved, you are constantly planning, analyzing, every noise every movement every pixel on your screen COULD be something that?s trying to kill you. It excites the mind AND the senses, however if you have all the planning and strategy in the world it doesn?t make a lick of difference when someone points a desert eagle at your head.
The key to satisfying the bloodlust is KNOWING HOW TO AIM. IF YOU CANT AIM THE GUN THEN NOTHING DIES, and that?s pretty pointless isn?t it? So not only does one require a sharp and strategizing mind, one also must have excellent hand-eye coordination.
If you haven?t played a game like this before, you are probably one of those people who says : ?That?s easy, anyone can do that?, or, ?Video games affect children in the wrong way?. They do not, you have no clue about the subject you?re speaking about, so shut up. If you want to see how easy it is then go and get a copy of Counter-Strike, and ill show you just how easy it is, ok? Which brings me to my next point : Competition.
The world (except for some bas-ackward places) runs on a system that is based on capitalist democracy. I want to sell apples, but John Q. Farmer is already selling apples, how will I make any money? I know! I shall sell my apples at a slightly lower price than John Q. Farmer. Then I, Jack Q. Farmer will get enough customers to absorb the loss! That?s capitalist competition?without it, the major countries of the world would fall into depression and, we?d all be really, really screwed. Video games OF ALL KINDS proliferate competitiveness, I?m sure you didn?t forget my freak-out in the last paragraph.
Violence, we all have tendencies towards violence, but we suppress them. This is what is called ?Civility?, I don?t do what I want to because it wouldn?t be civil. Well excuse me, but I?m human and I have impulses, and I want to act on them, but if I do I might go to jail and be someone?s boyfriend. So I need an outlet for these horrible thoughts and emotions that I get sometimes. Violent video games are by far the perfect outlet, one would assume that they were tailor made for the angry impulses of humankind. They were spawned from those impulses but not made for that purpose.
The real, human impulses of a few people led to the creation of a huge industry which is furthering the development of the worlds economies on more than one level, and is helping people young and old hone their mental abilities as well as physical.
Violence is all over television, most channels show violence and a lot of it is very graphic. There are however some channels who do not show violence, discovery for example. Video games are mostly violent, but not all of them are. You are exposed to violence through TV and through video games, the major difference doesn?t come from whether you absorb the violence passively, or whether you participate in it. The true difference is in the parenting, our parents there for their children to tell them that violence is an impulse that cannot be expressed physically against other people? Violence is inherent, so we need an outlet for it.