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The BBC has detailed seven reasons why playing video games is good for you. These include:

1) Gaming is sociable
2) You can make a lot of money
3) You can learn valuable life skills
4) Games can help fight mental illness
5) They can help improve your eyesight
6) They can help kids mature
7) They won't turn you into a psychopath (always a bonus)

Have you seen this? What do you think? What experiences do you have?
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Imo it really depends on the type of game. The article seems too focused on the 16/18 rated games imo, what about those who grew up playing their favorite game as a kid and continues to do so today (like myself)
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Great list I think in addition some video games improve your problem solving skills, and just help you relax in general, like Flower and Journey for PS4.
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Gaming is sociable - It depends on the environment. It's no good if the social environment is toxic like stereotypical Call of Duty. I think this better describes the internet in general. People who would normally be alone and cut off can now still interact with people.

You can make a lot of money - No, unless meant in the sense that you buy cheap and sell high when you're done. As a career, that's like saying you can make a lot of money playing football.

You can learn valuable life skills - Games have taught me geography, history, and a little Japanese. But life skills? Let's just say I've learnt as much life skills playing games as I have going to school.

Games can help fight mental illness - If connected to loneliness as above, yes. It can also make it worse. Just look at some people who compensate by forcing themselves towards getting some arbitrary definition of '100%', or Trophies and Achievements. They call it work, throw their controller, rant on forums, wish death on developers, talk about spending hours/days/weeks doing some repetitive menial task they hated to get an Achievement. That ain't helping.

They can help improve your eyesight - No, you're still gonna need glasses.

They can help kids mature - No, and as above can keep certain people in perpetual adolescence.

They won't turn you into a psychopath (always a bonus) - What if aiming for that boring trophy and 100% makes you snap??
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(Original post by Vic Vinegar)
The BBC has detailed seven reasons why playing video games is good for you. These include:

1) Gaming is sociable
2) You can make a lot of money
3) You can learn valuable life skills
4) Games can help fight mental illness
5) They can help improve your eyesight
6) They can help kids mature
7) They won't turn you into a psychopath (always a bonus)

Have you seen this? What do you think? What experiences do you have?
Depends on the game. A multiplayer game that can make you rage. or a single player game for your simple time.
Really depends. Games is just subjective experience of reality in which we need mental energy to do. So it is good for you and bad for you but good for you
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Depends on the game. A multiplayer game that can make you rage. or a single player game for your simple time.
Really depends. Games is just subjective experience of reality in which we need mental energy to do. So it is good for you and bad for you but good for you
As with everything, it's about moderation (and whatever moderation is for you, not someone else) and using it for good.

Religion and doughnuts are truly great, unless you use them in harmful ways.
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(Original post by ozzyoscy)
As with everything, it's about moderation (and whatever moderation is for you, not someone else) and using it for good.

Religion and doughnuts are truly great, unless you use them in harmful ways.
Thats interesting "Material things are indifferent, but how we handle them is not indifferent" - Epicetus
So how we view everything is fixed but how we use that view is not...
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It depends what you're playing and how long you play it for.
I refuse to believe that playing a game on your own locked in a room for 10 hours every day can possibly be good for you, in any way.
But playing for a couple of hours every other day, on multiplayer mode with your friends is a completely different thing.
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I always knew that it wasn’t Silent Hill that was giving me hallucinations and turning me into a psychopath.
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I always knew that it wasn’t Silent Hill that was giving me hallucinations and turning me into a psychopath.
same for fortknife or footwife i dont know, it made me want to survive each day
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(Original post by hello_shawn)
Imo it really depends on the type of game. The article seems too focused on the 16/18 rated games imo, what about those who grew up playing their favorite game as a kid and continues to do so today (like myself)
Well, in my friends group, most of the games they, and I, were playing as kids were 16/18 games anyway tbh.

Small sample size, but realistically, it's still pretty much the same today with kids. Games like GTAV and Call of Duty for example. Fortnite, while it is only rated 12, isn't really that much different from 16/18 rated shooters as far as gameplay goes, is another example; kids are still playing these games for hours and hours.

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It depends what you're playing and how long you play it for.
I refuse to believe that playing a game on your own locked in a room for 10 hours every day can possibly be good for you, in any way.
But playing for a couple of hours every other day, on multiplayer mode with your friends is a completely different thing.
Eh... It wouldn't be great for your health, can't be much worse than an office job though, but pretty much every advantage listed would, or in the case of #1 and 2 could, still apply. #1 depends on the games and what social features you use. #2 is unlikely for most people (at least as far as generating a decent amount of moeny goes) since most people aren't going to be pro-gamers or successful content creators on platforms like Youtube or Twitch.
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Ozzy said it perfectly so won't say much else. The only life skill it helped me develop was my communication because I was bullied at school and alone so communicating with people online helped me cope with it and learn about socialising which I wouldn't have in my school environment.
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Yet spending 9-5 five days a week in the office is good for you lol


I've fallen out of love with video games and I have never been more miserable.
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Ozzy said it perfectly so won't say much else. The only life skill it helped me develop was my communication because I was bullied at school and alone so communicating with people online helped me cope with it and learn about socialising which I wouldn't have in my school environment.
Same.

The only real friends I had was atleast in part based around playing games together.
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No. Gaming does not help fight mental illness, it badly worsened my anxiety/ocd. No to all the rest as well except the last one.
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There's the element of exercise in some games! My friend video games only for the Just Dance series and used to do all the active stuff with the Wii. With the rising of VR I can see that element growing.
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When reading the reasons, I am sceptical. They have forgotten the most important reason in my opinion: playing games is funny. Having fun to share a game with friends or playing alone is worth to mention.
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