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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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    Dec 12 2012: I would categorize video games as addicting, however I would not categorize them as a Drug. A drug is a chemical used for medicinal or recreational purposes that either alter your perception or treat an illness and/or symptoms of an illness. Video games are not ingested, nor do they introduce anything foreign to the body. Categorizing video games as a drug would be a major blow to those who enjoy it both heavily and in small doses. I personally believe that people should be able to do what they want provided they are not hurting anyone around them. Playing video games is not unlike taking antidepressants except that it's harder to quit physically addicting drugs. I would feel horrible if a gamer who games specifically to self medicate was viewed as negative, especially if that same person were to take over the counter drugs or prescription drugs and not viewed as negative.

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