[This is in reply to a newspaper article criticizing games as the cause of death of a young man from deep vein thrombosis, after a marathon 12hour gaming session.] TIMES RECORD
The poor young-man died from a known medical condition. His lack of education about the condition, the lack of medical care he received are more to blame than video games. Why not pick a fight with the health-care and education the young man received ? DVT could equally well have happened on a 12 hour Greyhound ride, or a transatlantic flight.
Medical report on DVT
And talking of deaths, lets look at Football alone.
In 2007 there were 13 deaths from Football related injuries in the USA. Are you going to call for an end to football ? And that doesn’t count the innumerable number of debilitating injures as a result of football.
Data on Football deaths and serious injuries.
Video games are statically less likely to kill you than Football. Let’s go ban Football altogether then, shall we ?
Moving on to games rather than the sad, sad death of this young man.
The interesting thing is that unlike TV, video games are not passive. They require interaction. They require the game player to solve problems, to challenge the world. Even Facebook games with their Skinnerbox interactions are a world more interactive than TV.
Games are not “imagination sucking”. Visit any “Con” and you will see people engaged in a whole new way to the properties they know and love. Oh and then social causes. PAX, one of the largest video-game conventions raised over $2million for children’s charities in 2010. Child’s Play
Sorry, how many TV shows did that last year ?
Sadly it’s “Rock and Roll” all over again. Some “Old People” don’t get it, it scares them. They don’t understand the attraction. “Why can’t they just be as passive as we used to be ?” they exclaim.
What about people that are learning about agriculture or cooking or social interactions in a wide variety of games from “Harvest Moon” and “Cooking Mama” to “The Sims” ? Also the future of learning is in video games. Games, the new learning. You might not like it but if you don’t embrace it you will be left behind.
Research also shows that video games keep youths and the disenfranchised out of trouble. By giving them a way to safely let off steam they can continue as more less normal members of society. Rather than being locked up for drugs or alcohol related problems. Staying away from crime and the resultant cycle of social abuse. Do video games decrease crime ?
It’s sad any time a young person dies. And it’s horrible that people might sell their children to fuel their addiction. But games have their up-side. Like anything they can be habit forming. TV and agribusiness selling us fatty high carb foods laced with chemicals is far more damaging to today’s youths than video games. Having a national debt that we are leaving to our grand-children is far more damaging than video games. The list goes on. Let’s try and get some perspective here.
Colin, video game player for 28 years.