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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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  • Dec 10 2012: Prescription pills are the drug of the century. Anna Karenina was a prescription drug addict, drugs are drugs. Unless you talk'n a world view then there is something to be said about the herb khat but for the most part herbs are herbs and drugs are drugs.
    Theirs a lot to be said about drugs: compounding facilities are coming under fire, I think legislature is slowly going to come online to help the elderly and infirm get access to drugs, just yesterday I heard on France 24 that the French are sick of Asian made generic drugs. Then theirs that black market aspect of select drugs like the dust from the coca plant that fuels cartels in Mexico, or the tears of the poppy propping up Afghan warlords and clans. Also their may be other sorts of drug culture starting up for an example watch the Rave episode of Spaced but I wouldn't know about all that.
    No video games are not the new drug maybe you had an addiction to video games you may have had an addiction to video poker or off track betting but none of those are going to anesthetize some one before surgery although they'll help train to people to fly planes before they do it.

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