Do games positively influence children?

As we know, video games are selling at a huge rate. In fact, Microsoft and Sony, with their Xbox 360 and PS3, have sold almost 150 million consoles combined and have over 1200 game titles and counting!

There are a number of big events in the current world of gaming right now, such as the release of the PS4 and the BAFTAs of gaming, with Dishonoured taking the big title of Game of the year, beating FIFA 13, Mass Effect 3 and C.O.D Black Ops 2.

There are many benefits of gaming. It is said that video games are actually improving the hand eye co-ordination of senior citizens.

Hilda Knott, an 85 year gamingold pensioner plays video games to keep her mentally active. She plays a variety of games such as puzzles on her iPad, and Grand Theft Auto on her 65 inch television.

The President of America, Barack Obama says video games can actually attract teenagers and children into computer programming.

An example of this is the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg told Obama that he learned programming because he took an interest in video games.

But on the other hand, more and more people are becoming addicted to video games. There has even been one case in which a man in China decided to ‘kill’ his son’s avatar, as he was worried about how much time his 23-year-old unemployed son is spending on video games.

The effects of excessive gaming include anxiety and very high levels of depression.

Violent video games also influences aggressive behaviour in teens and young adults. In 2004, a 17-year-old male repeatedly stabbed and killed a 14-year-old boy following an obsession with the video game Manhunt.

After acknowledging the advantages and disadvantages of gaming, we wanted to explore young people’s attitudes to gaming.

A 12 year old student at Bluecoat Academy, Wollaton, responded to our questions about teenagers and gaming, stating “The school could possibly set up a club in which students could play games together in case they do not have the contacts of their friends”.

However, another student of the same school said “The school could have disputes between Xbox 360 and PS3, although we all know that Xbox is better.”

We want to know what you think schools have to do with gaming, whether it should be clubs, interviews with gaming stars, or even, designing future games!

Post your thoughts in the comments section.

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