Video games are a controversial topic among many. Some say it is bad for you, whereas some say they are good for you. If you were to get the categories of all music in one year, or all movie in one year, video games would have the best selling point, outselling even the best selling movies of a specific year. They are popular amongst many users, and continue to grow and expand. Although people believe that a game like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto make people violent and aggressive, and this may be true in some cases, it can be very inspiring and helpful. These games can inspire to sign up to the army, or to even pursue a job in game development. Furthermore, a game like FIFA can inspire people to get outdoors more to play football or have a game with friends, or even make new ones. Yes, video games can be addicting, they can cause violence, and many other problems. A lot of these cases can be looked at in detail, but from my personal experience and friends I know, it is usually down to the lack of discipline parents give, or lack of discipline the person gives themselves as an adult. A most recent example I can give is that a close family member I know has been brought up very well, and he has an Xbox One. He plays Fortnite, which is a game parents and schools want to ban due to its “addiction”, but he will play a couple games, or maybe a few hours, and then tell his mates that he is bored or is coming off the console to do homework or go outside, and he is only 10! So from personal experience, it’s the lack of care and discipline parents usually give when it comes down to it.
Gaming has some major advantages on people, such as the way it can help speed up a person’s reaction time, help with social anxiety (to an extent), open up creativity (see video for details on creativity), bring thousands of people together to help donate to a good cause (see video for details).
Gaming has also advanced a huge amount in the last year, creating a feature that is called “cross-platform gaming”. This is where two or more different devices can play the same game together. Such as a computer and Xbox One being able to play Forza Horizon 4 together, and more recently Microsoft releasing a new version of Minecraft that has enabled Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch, mobile and tablet, thus allowing gamers a variety of options and the ability to play with friends who have different platforms.