Importance Of Gaming As A Hobby

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Gaming Is Just A Hobby Gaming is a hobby that I have been interested in since I was in elementary school. As a boy my family did not have a ton of money, but eventually we could afford a gaming system to entertain my two brothers, two sisters, and I. Gaming as a whole should be seen as just another harmless hobby, and not something to blame when people commit crimes or act a certain way.
Being able to call myself gamer made me proud, until accusations of violence, immaturity, racism, sexism, and “being a nerd” were made popular beliefs in news articles and reports. These accusation are based on gamers using video games as education and a reason to reenact certain events in the “real world” compared to the “virtual world”. When I was young
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These studies report to have linked violence and other bad behavior to certain games. The games they accuse are usually games with weapons or “killing”. I quoted killing because the games are not in any way linked to the real world and would not put you in jail for killing someone or something in the game. Psychologists play a big part in this by linking certain crime motives to video games. There are multiple articles (which I will cite) about a child reenacting a video game scene by using a gun or another weapon. What people seem to forget when reading these articles is the fact these children had access to a rated M for mature video game and a loaded gun. The cause for the child 's actions is clearly careless parenting. To own any of these items you need to be eighteen or older with multiple licenses. There have been, however, cases of adults reenacting a video game. A twenty year old man stole a running car and tried to leave a crowded parking lot but ended up leaving the car and running from the police. He told the police he wanted to experience the video game Grand Theft Auto in real life. The biggest fact in this article that was slyly put in was the man seen, by a witness, walking out of a bar. Does this not show the harmful effect of alcohol and how it convinced this man to commit an act that a child would see to be …show more content…
I could ignore these accusations until I die, but the problem lies in what some plan to do with these accusations. There are groups of people trying to limit the maturity of games. This means that any game without rainbows and unicorns cannot be sold in the United States, or any country that agrees with these groups. I agree with some of the precautionary ideas that try to lessen the availability of mature games to kids, but limiting the creativity of game producers would destroy the industry and maybe end gaming for a time. Even if games would require a license or ID number to access the game when it is inserted into the console kids would just write down the number and use it whenever they wanted to. What I am trying to get across is that laws and other restrictions will not stop mature games from getting to kids. The only thing that will stop the games getting to kids is the adult buying them and handing them over as if they do not know what type of game it is. The groups that want more game restrictions are mostly parents of young children who are disgusted by the games their kids are playing when they are the ones who bought the games in the first

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