Video Games: a Boon, Not a Plague Essay
English 110 R75
October 18, 2013
Video games: a boon, not a plague We all have that one day of the week where we just want to cut loose from the burden of work and assignments. This “free” day would be used to engage in leisure activities which would reduce stress such as playing video games. However, the video game industry has come under heavy fire from the mainstream media, whom claim that there is a direct link between video games and violence amongst gamers. Despite the numerous reports that claim it is directly related to violence, video games are beneficial because they enhance the cognitive flexibility and teach moral lessons.
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Another reason video games are beneficial is that it improves the morality of a gamer. Morality is the ability to distinguish what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in terms of actions and decisions based on a moral code. Certain video games have incorporated in-game decisions which would shape the outcome of the story and the player-controlled protagonist as a whole. One such game is the graphic adventure video game by Telltale Games: “The Walking Dead.” Here, the player takes control of Lee Everett; a university professor and convicted murderer who subsequently rescues and takes care of a young girl named Clementine in an onset of the zombie apocalypse in this fictional world. As the