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Two Child Psychologists Defend Video Games

Game journalists can defend gaming all they want, but when two child psychologists come to defend it, then that's something.

Doctors Dave Verhaagen and Frank Gaskill: "Why would a couple of child psychologists come to the defense of violent video games? Some legislative initiatives and public opinions across the country are based on fallacious assumptions, personal biases, political posturing and weak science. Common sense tells you that you don't let an elementary school kid or an older child with a history of aggressive behavior play Grand Theft Auto. But that same common sense tells you that if 90 percent of households have owned or rented a video game every year - while the juvenile crime rate has been going down for more than a decade - then a little Halo 3 never hurt anybody..."

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Iamback3268d ago (Edited 3268d ago )

Well i can at least use my self as an example. In my case i learned English by playing games. It all started on Atari 520 stfm in year 1989, i was 7 years old. Played all sort of games through years and i have not turned into serial killer or some sort of maniac.
Games could be used in even more efficient way when it comes to education, kids really pay attention to what is happening in video games....because it is FUN and if creators could also put (in some genre not all) intelligent messages, information then that would be great.

AnthonyPerez3268d ago

I can relate. In my formative years I think games greatly increased my problem solving skills as a lot of gaming puzzles are quite complex. Even situations in games that aren't puzzles, such as boss battles, force you to think strategically about the best way to address an issue.

AnthonyPerez3268d ago

But I just wanted to reiterate.

In my formative years I think games greatly increased my problem solving skills as a lot of gaming puzzles are quite complex. Even situations in games that aren't puzzles, such as boss battles, force you to think strategically about the best way to address an issue. In my opinion, gaming teaches you skills in a fun and interesting way.

bootsielon3268d ago

And not only that, but I became interested in history, languages and culture thanks to Final Fantasy's depictions of mythological beings.

AnthonyPerez3268d ago

Yeah, Final Fantasy VII was my induction into really escapist storytelling. I had been reading books forever, but nothing was as captivating as actually experiencing a story unfold around you. I wasn't even a very SERIOUS gamer back the. I played a lot of games, but had never touched anything as complicated as an RPG until then.

I think casual games are the building blocks to more expansive experiences, and I hope more and more new video gamers discover the wonders of epic video games rather than just casual experiences. I like casual games as well for some quick fun, but I can't wait for the days when people chat about the latest game they played the way we all talk about movies.

Bubble Buddy3268d ago

100% on myth test cause of God of War haha.

Cwalat3268d ago

this is what i think,

gaming is like all other forms of entertainment or hobbies,
unlike many hobbies and form of entertainment, gaming actually is educational in many ways. your mind evolves both strategically and creatively, Sims can both lead to architectural education and also to how to really control ur own life, or give u glimpse of ur own future... Sim city can give u political education in both how it is to control a city and how to survive in one.
Action games like most FPS or 3rd person survivors give u an idea of more strategic education inwhhich like someone above said, give u an idea of how to solve an issue. or how to survive when in battle, find it funny or not, if u where in a battle zone, its more likely u are to remember all the strategic moves u have learned from FPS games, other then some books about WWII.
in many ways gaming is educational i cant sit here and talk all about it, just give u an idea of how i feel about it,

Infernus3268d ago (Edited 3268d ago )

Out of all of my 3 term (unofficially copyrighted :D) titles that ranks near the top in terms of randomness.

Anyway, I think gaming has a positive impact on people's lives rather than what is suggested by the media as a whole that gaming ruins lives one way or another.

Personally, I'd rather have an ace sniper killing me on COD4 than downtown because there's no other release. Obviously that's tremendously extreme and shouldn't happen but I hope you see my point. Gaming is a release to many, maybe just because it's fun or maybe because it's a way of relaxing and winding down knowing that you can be someone else while you're playing.

I think gaming improves your hand eye co-ordination and in my biological practical sessions at Uni it has definately made my hands steadier compared to those in my classes. Maybe I'm just a naturally calm person or maybe those hours I've put into FPS's over the years have helped me in the long run.

While some may assume that being 20 I'm not old enough to appreciate the earliest forms of gaming I do remember playing space invaders in the table top format with joystick and buttons when I was really young and although I didn't appreciate it at the time that was the starting block for what we have today.

Gaming is currenty abused by the media, being described as a form of 'training for killers' in certain circumstances. I don't think this media labelling is at all correct, in fact, I don't think the media understands what gaming is really about at all.

It's not about wanting to copy what's being played, it's about wanting to play knowing it shouldn't be copied.

P.S Superman is in reference to what was mentioned in the article.

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