The Effects Of Video Games On The Game Industry Essay

1266 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
The video game industry is a huge industry, and that is not an understatement. To put it in comparison, the movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens grossed in one billion dollars in 12 days in theaters while Grand Theft Auto V achieved that total in just three days. Video games have come a long way from when “just nerds” played them. According to the Entertainment Software Association, over 150 million of Americans play video games, that’s nearly 50% of the U.S. population. But as they have gotten more popular, they have also gained criticism, particularly with shooters. Video games have been pointed at desensitizing violence and being a cause of increased violence. People falsely believe that video games only make people violent, and provide no benefits to the player. It is important to understand how video games affect the player (whether being positive or negative) due to the large number of people that play them. Although it has been argued that video games cause violence and are a threat research shows that video games have positive benefits, such as it effects on mental and behavioral health, that outweigh the negatives it presents. A study done in 2014 by the American Psychology Association looked at the cognitive, motivational, emotional, and social benefits. This study looked at the results of several pieces of research done in this area. This study states that the cognitive benefits of video games stem from the shooter genre. Games in this genre include…

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