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Videogames-Good or bad? You can find video games everywhere nowadays; they are in nearly every child's home in one way or another, you can find them on mobiles, arcades, Digital TV, portable games consoles and of course normal games consoles. So, is this a good thing or not? The history of video games dates back to the 1970's, where a man named Nolan Bushnell developed an arcade video game called 'Computer Space'. It had many technological innovations, but the game play was confusing and the game didn't hit big in the market audience. However, from the profit he made on it, he left his previous company, Nutting Associates and formed Atari Inc. Here he developed a game along with Alan Alcorn, which became the most revolutionary game in gaming history. The game was called 'Pong' and it involved two vertical lines on opposite sides of a net that could bounce back a moving dot. As simple as it was, the game became an instant success when it was placed in a local gas station. As a matter of fact, the arcade machine seized to operate due to the great load of money inside it! Throughout the years many more games were developed, but it wasn't until 1981, that Nintendo became a competitor. ...read more.


This reflects on later life as bad test results result in meagre job conditions. Video game manufacturers say that this problem can be solved by 'stricter parenting' and parents should set limits such as 'only one hour per day' or 'only after homework is completed' etc. They also say that video games should not be the only thing blamed because of bad work, as after school activities such as basketball and other clubs can be blamed. After all, over-dedicating time to anything can lead to bad grades similar to over-dedicating time to video games, if not worse. But some psychologists say that video games are a good thing as they improve hand eye co-ordination. The idea of increase in violence attached with the rise in popularity in Video games is also suggested. Many people think that video games are a hazard to children nowadays. Rise in violence and aggression in video games are often linked due to the fact that most video games are "shoot 'em up's" or FSP's (First Person Shooters), where you have to blow aliens apart in a far off planet, or defend England from Nazi's etc. you don't find too many games with butterfly's and pretty white rabbits. 'Prolonged exposure can result to aggressiveness' - this is what parents say, along with psychologists. ...read more.


has a level where you have to shoot up Gurdwara - a Sikh place of worship. Game manufacturers say that this is not true and that the only reason that villains are black/brown/(green) is that they stand out and allows players to differentiate from allies. Parents and Teachers say that sexism is an issue in games because female characters portray women as damsels in distress or frail princesses in need of rescue, giving boys the image that girls are weak and can only be housewives etc. Rarely are there female heroines is what they say, but creators reply and say that there are plenty of female heroines e.g. Buffy, Metroid, Dark Angel, Perfect Dark and Tomb Raider. But parents say that these games characters are 'thin and beautiful', causing low self-esteem, girls will try to be skinny, in serious causes, leading to anorexia. Video games will of course continue to change as the years are added on, but the effects of Video games stand clear and untouched. The future holds much potential in store for this great leisure-type technology such as online gaming (You can play anyone in the world at any time) and downloadable content (extra levels and characters), and whether or not the good and bad of video games is addressed later is a controversial issue. Although we'll just have to see what the future holds in store. . . ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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