Video Games And Its Effect On Society

1525 WordsApr 8, 20167 Pages
“The reason why people find it so enjoyable is that games are usually the right degree of challenging and the player takes an active role (unlike watching television) so there is an incentive to achieve” (Gee). Ever since video games were invented there was an immediate attachment and an unwillingness to release them. They present chances to accomplish things one may not be able to do in their life, and provides an escape from reality. Video games also imprint and teach new skills to the gamers who play repeatedly; these skills are very useful in later life and can be applied to nearly every situation in life. However, there are those who have differing opinions and, unfortunately, society and media have constantly berated video games, always painting them in a negative light, brainwashing people to believe that video gaming only harms them...this is incorrect, as video games are neither good nor bad and possess positives and negatives to them. HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES The majority of people believe Pong was the first video game invented. They would be wrong; the first computer, Nimrod, built in 1951, played a strategy game called Nim...although this game was merely played to demonstrate Nimrod’s processing power. (Brookhaven National Laboratory). However, the first video game built for entertainment purposes was Tennis for Two, invented by William Higinbotham in 1958-59. “It might liven up the place to have a game that people could play, and which would convey the message
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