Remember the good old days of video games? Where cute, harmless and completely unbelievable and mythical characters would tackle zany adventure in make-believe worlds far away from our own? Those days are long gone, now. Because a great amount of video games now use real world places, events and people as their storylines and settings. Whereas before, video games were a tool used to escape reality through diversion, they are now extensions of the reality in which we live in. And depending on the game and the person playing it, that can be a good thing, or a very bad thing.
Take a look at one of the most popular video game franchises in history: Super Mario Bros. A plumber falls through a pipe and enters a world where he must rescue a princess, defeat and evil monster and navigate a worl...
As a parent today, you most likely understand the ratings on the movies that your children are watching. But, do you really know what the ratings on their video games mean? Are your children playing games on there video game systems or on the computer that are meant only for adults?
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has a very simple ratings system in place that we should know about. It is especially important to learn about the video game rating system, since most children can buy these games without a problem in many stores today.
EC Early Childhood
This rating indicates that the game is suitable for ages 3 and up. Games that are rated EC contain no material that parents would find inappropriate.
A game marked E is suitable for children 6 years and older. Ther...
Video games give little boys the opportunity to play major league sports in the comfort of their own home, and fantasize about what it would be like if they donned a colorful jersey of their favorite football or basketball team and took on their opponent in a National playoff game.
These action sports are displayed in realistic regulation sized court settings that come complete with the cheering fan sounds that come from a sell-out crowd, or a player might be subjected to boos and hisses from fans, that are emitted following a bad play on the playing field that resulted in an interception when the ball is on the 10 yard line.
All of these athletically oriented video games allow children to mentally interact in a fast paced game environment. These young children will become very knowl...
There are video games that can be played on multimedia consoles in the home, or on a home personal computer system. The formats of these video games may be rated for an entire family to view, or the video games may be labeled strictly for play by people over the age of 21. These Mature rated video games contain graphic violence, and may contain lewd language and graphic content.
Before a parent invests more than $30 on any given video games collection, they may choose to rent several video games for their child to play to see which ones are a true delight, and which video games will be ignored after just a short time. Some video games are offered in collectors series in decorative tins, and are cherished by all children who view them as a status symbol.
Many children think that their...
Life, in many ways, is just one big game full of challenges and pressures. Of course, as with any game, there are rules and guidelines that need to be followed to the letter. Naturally, as with any game, there are going to be those players who will need to find a little release every now and then from the pressure and grind. But it is not just the top-caliber athletes who need to unwind. Normal, everyday people also need to find some relief from the struggles of life. Indeed, stress relief is something that everyone has to delve into on a semi-regular basis, if only because it helps maintain our mental health.
There are already a number of ways by which to get some stress and anxiety relief. Some people have suggested that exercise is an effective form of stress relief. Others advocate ...
Of children in the US, 79% play computer or video games on a regular basis. While most people think of video games as the pastime of the pre-adolescent, and not without reason, since children between the ages of seven and 17 play for an average of eight hours per week. However, industry research suggests that the commitment to video gaming may not end when students leave high school.
Industry research suggests that college students game even more than pre-adolescents. It seems the typical college student spends a bit less than two hours a day gaming, and the US military uses war gamingfor everything from modeling high-level international command coordination, to introducing raw recruits to weapons. Taking their lead from the Department of Defense, some university instructors have introd...
The argument as to whether video games are good or not is perhaps one of the hottest debates today. There are smart, well-educated, well-meaning people on each side of the debate.
As a non-gamer, I have an interesting perspective bring to the discussion – I’m a non-gamer who views video games favorably. Why? Allow me to explain.
Probably the largest complaint against video games is that they encourage violence. Perhaps they do. But I think that they are only a part of the picture. Playing a shooting game on your computer does not and can not by itself create a murderer. There are many other factors involved. In my experience, the gamers that I know are certainly not violent.
I believe that playing violent video games may increase violence only if and when other factors are present