Pro-Gaming: The Perception Of Parents

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Pro-Gaming: The Perception of Parents

In more recent years, media has brought attention to the rising waves of violence, in which some offenders claim to be inspired by the acts of characters in video games. Although some would argue for the censorship or outright removal of content from these games to protect their children from harmful graphics or dark themes, it is in the liability of the parents to take precautions instead of pushing for legal disputes, of the child to differentiate fantasy from reality, and of both parties to recognize the benefits of video games pertaining to social interaction.

Rather than advocating legal restrictions on video games through censorship, it's much less time-consuming and far more effective for the parents’
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Although many misconceptions arose and “one widely held view maintains playing video games is intellectually lazy, such play actually may strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory and perception, according to several studies reviewed in the article” (American Psychological Association, 2013, pg. 5). From turned-based strategy to real-time combat featured in gameplay mechanics, the composition of video games vary, as many are narratives that do deviate from violence and hone into other facets like aesthetics or emotional appeal, but heightened reaction speeds and improved accuracy are continually stressed throughout the experience of the game. The exposure to a novel and expansive world in which the players can direct their character and truly have themselves embodied in the game leads to “[their brains being] more efficient collectors of visual and auditory information, and therefore arrive at the necessary threshold of information they need to make a decision much faster than non-gamers, the researchers found” (University of Rochester, 2010, pg. 10). Despite the popular notion resurfacing of children mindlessly playing with no regards to intellectual or social value, there is merit to playing video games- a balance needed to calm the fervor of parents who placed (violent) video games under harsh…show more content…
Multiplayer games become virtual social communities, where decisions need to be made quickly about whom to trust or reject and how to lead a group, the authors said” (American Psychological Association, 2013, pg. 8). Innovations in gaming are increasing the interconnectedness of the world, allowing a forum for players to exchange their knowledge and introduce clashes between cultures- contradictory to the belief that if children are invested in video games, they will lack social understanding. Although parents may continue to argue that government restrictions should be enforced to rid their children of video game content, it is hypocritical when considering most parents who are advocating censorship do not take time out of their own schedule to educate their
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