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Sean Neely

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Debate: Video games are the drug of the century

Video games are constantly progressing towards characteristics similar to drugs. If we look at a huge point brought up in the speech mentioning how ancient "lydia" (i think) used video games to cause the people to ignore or forget about the necessities to life such as hunger. This effect is very similar to the effects of many drugs like acid which are used to dull sense of reality and enter an external world to forget the problems in reality. This is one of the many things that video games have in common within drugs.

So the debate is are video games being used for beneficial reasons like teaching values of never giving up on a mission and knowing the possibility of accomplishing important objectives. Or are video games like World of Warcraft offering an alternate world for a person to escape to and allows the creation of an avatar that reflects the person they wish to be and the existence in a world different from reality?

Please if you are arguing one side think of arguments that oppose your own point of view and offer them as well only because i would like to hear both sides and it will allow for a much better debate and allow for you to articulate your argument in more depth.

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  • Nov 28 2012: I will concede that video games are similar to a knife. What can be used to feed a family can also be used to take a life. Video games give far more than they take however in many ways video games are a drug albeit a drug of a therapeutic nature. Video games have been utilized in multiple fields due and have shown signs of effective growth in so many ways. Video games have led to the loss of life on a small scale, but I would challenge the masses to supply something that has or cannot kill in excess. By our very nature when we give in to our temptations with no discipline we are enticing death.
    • Dec 6 2012: I just unwittingly echoed your main point :) Glad to hear someone taking a rational stance on games (and tools in general)

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