Video games have been around as long as we can remember. We use them for enjoyment, stress-relief, and for those exceptionally good at them to earn money. It's difficult to imagine a world without video games, mainly because we have grown accustomed to them. We all see the commercials for the new Resident Evil games. We pass a GameStop on the way home. There is no escaping the fact that video games are here to stay. But some people find video games harmful and a threat to how we live. Many of these people are parents.
It's impossible to know what goes on in our parents' heads. But we as gamers know why we play games, and why they are neither a threat, nor harmful to us. In fact, it improves us. According to researchers with Fox News, playing video games enhances us in many ways. "The violent action games that often worry parents most had the strongest beneficial effect on the brain. 'These are not the games you would think are mind-enhancing,' said cognitive neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier, who studies the effect of action games at Switzerland's University of Geneva and the University of Rochester in New York."
Sure, kids become addicted to video games. It’s most likely going to happen. I'm not saying this is a good thing. Of course being addicted to something is bad. But it's better to be addicted to a video game than drugs, alcohol, and/or smoking. If you let a kid burn him/herself out on a game, guaranteed he/she'll get sick of the game and take a break. But you cannot tell your kid when to get off or when to play, because that alters the ability for the brain to develop. It's a better idea to just let them have fun, and they take a break on their own volition. Besides, they need to eat and use the restroom like everyone else, right?
Video games are beneficial to adults and children. When a kid sits down in front of the TV and turns on the console, (whether it's an Xbox 360, or a PS3, or a Wii, etc.) parents set the limit and tell the what games to play and not to play. This is limiting the child's ability to enjoy him/herself and the chance for his/her brain to improve. Censoring our children on what games they can or cannot play is definitely something we should NOT DO. We should let them chose what games they want to play, and let them enjoy themselves. Knowing that video games have an opportunity to improve your child's ability to think, won't you hand them the controller?