Video Games Research

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Video games have been controversial since their inception. Many American youth have found enjoyment in the playing of video games. Whether it is the interesting challenge video games possess or the flashy graphics, video games seem to offer something for everyone. These video games are varied in their function, but for the most part similar in the way a player interacts with the virtual world. This new and still developing technology that is video games has been called harmful by some scientists and helpful by others, but how can this contradiction be possible? The truth is not so simple and to find it you have to investigate these studies and see how they were performed. After a careful inspection of these studies the reality of the situation presents itself. Video games are not just a source of entertainment, but also a tool to strengthen the brain of the people who use them. Different video games are widely different from other video games, but they all have the same goal. Video games are meant to immerse the player in a …show more content…
The ones she focused on in her TED talk were the violent video games known broadly as action games. These action games were shown to increase vision, increasing focusing abilities, and increased ability to switch between activities. The vision increase was both in interpreting small objects and also in seeing different shades of gray. The former is used in reading small things or seeing objects far away and the latter is used in situations such as driving in fog. Action gamers have been shown to be able to track more objects than people who do not play these games. When a competent study has been taken on this topic the research shows time and time again that if video games have an effect on developing minds, it is a positive effect. ("Daphne Bavelier: Your Brain on Video

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