Video games can improve computer literacy


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Violent video games are constantly getting a bad wrap. In my opinion, violent videogames are not only fun but harmless, as violence is only the setting piece for bigger picture—the experience of the videogame.

Video games help players learn how to problem-solve and make quick decisions through fast-paced situations. Video games can also be a safe way to alleviate stress and allow players to express themselves in a controlled environment, making it safer for the physical world. Not only does aggression get expressed in a controlled environment through video game playing, in an article I found at the Harvard Center for Medical Health’s Website it summarized that it is unlikely that the majority of those playing videogames will portray and/or transfer acts of violence over to real world situations.

And not only that, according to a study conducted through the Polo Alto Medical Center for Mental Health, it was discovered that video games can improve “a player’s manual dexterity and computer literacy.”

In conclusion, not only can video games be fun and exciting, they can be very resourceful and safe. So next time before you pass up a violent videogame, give it a “shot.”

 

— Jaren Daly

Eagle River High School student

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