Thinking Twice About Video Games

Matthew - Rexburg, Idaho
Entered on May 12, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
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If you were told to stay away from all sources of evil, would you condemn ever category that one tainted thing would fall under? It has come to my attention that many have decided that video games are an evil and addictive source of technology that must be quarantined from all goodly people. Is this statement true? Of course there are video games that taint the mind and stunt both your spiritual and mental growth. However, that does not mean that you must ban video games or give them such a poor reputation. There are plenty of pornographic and spiritually stunting books; yet we do not stop reading the bible because of it. Also, there are many video games that have become educational tools with a strong moral standing. There are even video games that promote social gatherings that all people tend to enjoy. Therefore, I believe that video games should not be looked down on as such an evil activity but as just another source of media to enjoy as long as we are careful.

There are many instances were vile television programming has appeared on a seemingly wholesome television network. However, it is also known that PBS often shows broadcastings of ministers and children shows that promote learning. Video Games should be held to a similar standard. There are plenty of video games that improve child education such as programs like leap frog. There are also pornographic video games that should also be avoided and these are the ones that most of the news seems to focus on. The ESRB has done a phenomenal job in rating video games and is much more strict then television rating systems.

Of course not all video games are very good and there are ones to avoid. Marriages are broken up and families are torn apart because of the addictiveness of video games. Many online games require an enormous amount of time and came consume a lot of a person’s life. If one were to simply limit their usage of video games and beware of such title, as is done by television and books, then this would not be as great of a concern. The world has gotten to be a dangerous place with pornography and profanity in television, books, and even video games.

A certain relative of mine is a videogame designer whom he and his wife love to play video games every so often. However, it is his job and not his life. He has raised a family and is a great father and is not attached to video games in a way that it has gotten in the way of that. If people would simply learn that too much of anything is evil and just because video games may be a newer source of media that has not had as much time as books or television to get accustomed with people; it does not mean that they are evil and should be seen as the source of all evil.