The Importance Of Government Regulations On Video Games

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It is common knowledge among many Americans that political power often times reaches too far; we find this in the form of a corrupt justice system, unethically mitigated national funds, and the shadow of political tyranny encroaching upon our basic rights. Perhaps my examples align with that of a romanticized freedom fighter, but everyday we see news portraying peoples ' disdain towards government involvement. Similarly, with the advent of stricter regulations on video games, we would see a large group of people, namely gamers, rear their heads in anger. You see, with a grip on the gaming market, what is to stop the government from eventually violating other forms of entertainment & media such as the internet, the movie industry, and television? …show more content…
Ironically, all of this censorship and regulating could lead to increased violence from the gaming public, as well as activists in defense of human rights. If that is not enough, there are immediate rights that are infringed upon with legislation such as this, mainly our first amendment allowing freedom of speech. This would undoubtedly infuriate those in favor of little to no government involvement, causing ever more organizations & groups to rally together against the decisions of the government. As mentioned before, these regulations would upset gamers and activists alike, but what would happen if they stretched into all forms of media? Instead of these regulations effecting only a specific group of people, it would now cause civil upheaval in a vast majority of Americans, especially as involved as we are in media …show more content…
While study after study has been conducted in an attempt to link violent video games to violent behavior, substantial evidence has yet to be affiliated with any sort of potent theory to support this claim. Contrary to that, many, many, many studies have been conducted observing the positive effects that video games have on individuals. Video games allow people to develop skills that are basic to everyday life, enhance skills that increase levels of intelligence and even strengthen the bonds of comradery. Dr. Mark Griffiths, a professor of Gambling Studies in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University, conducted a study that utilized video games as an educational tool. His testing was conducted upon children in special needs groups suffering from mental retardation or developmental problems such as autism. His research found that video games allowed these children to dramatically increase their skills in several areas such as language skills, basic math skills, basic reading skills and social skills. These video games facilitated all of the following in the children: discussing and sharing, giving directions, answering questions, following directions, an understanding of basic math & reading skills such as counting and reading small words and an increase in sociability (5). Furthermore, these same results, while very

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