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The Art Of Gaming The Effects of Video Games Video games have been under a lot of scrutiny the last few years Many people believe that they have harmful side effects and that children and teens should not be allowed to play them I happen to love video games and I wanted to examine for myself the research that has been done and decide if the critics of video games really have a case So that is what I did I found that there are many physical and mental side effects but that neither of the two is significant enough to cause alarm Mental Effects Video games do produce some mental side effects but what many people dont know is that there are negative as well as positive effects The negative mental effects of video games are the single biggest worry among critics of video games so lets take a look at them first The first big negative effect is a phenomena called new violence According to Michele Steinberg in Programmed to kill new violence is the use of Nintendo style games and related means to transform young children and teens as well as law enforcement personnel into samurai-style programmed killers This wave of criticism was brought on in large part due to the murders of 13 students and teachers at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado on April 20 1999 It brought about he criticism because both of the murderers came from well to do families and both were avid players of violent video games Michele goes on to say The very same video games which were originally designed to train soldiers to kill are those being mass marketed today--to children Problem Could be we will look more into this later Other negative mental effects are violence tendencies and addiction These violent tendencies are not as serious as the ones previously discussed They just include children wrestling or fighting with each other
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