Psychological Effects of Video Games

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What is a video game? A video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. In the early days of cartridge consoles, they were sometimes called TV games. Video games have been around for 30 years, but they have come a long way since the days of Pong , Pacman and Frogger. Video games have become prolific and it is very rare that a teenager will not be in possession of a game console, be it a PS3 or Xbox. There are many different genres, popular ones among them being First Person Shooter, Simulation and Role Playing Games (RPGs). As with many forms of entertainment, there are both positives and negatives effects to consider that are caused by playing video games. Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Violent video games have the most negative psychological effects including: decreased socialization, increased aggressive thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The effect of video game violence in children is worsened by the games’ interactive nature. In many games, children are rewarded for being more violent. The act of violence is done repeatedly. Decreased negative attitudes toward violence, decreased sympathy for victims of violence and increased belief that violence is the norm are all cognitive effects of video game playing when not in moderation. However, the evidence is not consistent and this issue is far from settled. Many experts have noted that there is a decreased rate of juvenile crime which coincides with the popularity of games such as Death Race, Mortal Kombat, Doom and Grand Theft auto. Teenage players are able to leave the emotional effects of the game behind when the game is over. Too much
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