Video Games And Its Effect On Society

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As a growing medium, video games are often associated with various negative connotations that have obfuscated its positive contributions made to society. As a result, the general public is unaware of how video games have shaped modern-day, some even consider it a meaningless teenager pastime, but this is distant from reality. Video games are important to society at large because they do not serve for entertainment purposes only, they are a major force in the economy, scientific research, and military training. The video game industry has come a long way since its birth in the 1970’s, research from Jules Gray, a journalist for worldfinance.com, states the video game industry is now worth around $80 billion US dollars, undoubtedly classifying it as a key player in the economy. This is because creating a video game is a long a complicated process that requires people with expertise in design, art, programming, project management and testing, as stated by Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen in Understanding Video Games: The Essential Introduction (Egenfeldt-Nielsen 23). Thanks to this, video games are extremely labor intensive, and as a result, according to Entertainment Software Association, “The U.S. video game industry directly employs more than 42,000 people in 36 states, whom received a total compensation of over $4 billion” (Video Games 21st Century, 2014), this staggering number is most likely to rise due to “the video game industry [being] one of the fastest growing sectors in
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