Argumentative Essay On Video Games

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What is a Smart Game? And what makes them so “smart”? Often, video games are viewed as simply another asinine form of time consumption, leaving little to the player. Little growth is to be gained from the experience of playing, aside from, say, hand eye coordination. It is popularly believed that video games do the very opposite actually, numbing your brain and desensitizing you to the often violent imagery that occupies so much of digital entertainment today. However, video games in recent years have begun to prove themselves useful for a variety of ways, ranging from the introduction of motion gaming (Nintendo Wii, 2006), to cameras tracking body movements (Kinect, 2010), to virtual reality (Oculus Rift, 2016), each riding the coattails of the previous technological advance. What destination is the leading to? “Smart Games,” video games developed for remedial purposes, appears to be just over the horizon.
Video games are generally viewed as a leisure activity at best and a mental deterioration activity at worse. Games provide an immersive experience to the gamer, so one is left to wonder what exactly is going on inside the mind of the gamer. Burnt corneas, brain damage, and even increased risk of dementia are all concerns associated with long exposure to video games. Researchers at UMontreal found that young adults who played “shooter” games possessed depleted levels of white matter in their hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for awareness, orientation, and the

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