Pros and Cons of Video Games By Tim Bortoli http://wanttoknowit.com/pros-and-cons-of-video-games/ Here are some pros and cons of playing video games that are (mostly) supported by research (I made a few up myself!) Pros (Advantages):
Increases resistance to distraction (especially when playing action games).
Increased visual acuity. Your peripheral vision is improved quite significantly.
A great social activity, whether playing some games at a party or playing games online.
Can teach people more about life. Virtual pet games, for example, can help teach people about what is involved in raising a pet.
Puzzle, adventure and word games can help improve problem solving and logic skills. Sudoku is a game that greatly increases these skills. Adventure games where you have to complete certain goals can also help you to ‘think outside the box’ (note that if you use a walkthrough, you aren’t increasing any of these skills).
Can be used to assist in education. Studies have shown that children playing educational games learn more because they do not realize that they are learning.
Increases attention span.
They are fun!
If you are playing the Nintendo Wii, you can actually get a reasonable physical workout! Studies have shown that you use much more energy playing the Wii than the Playstation 3 (ps3), the Xbox 360 or the PC.
Some people can become completely addicted to video games and they do not go to work (or school), do not eat properly and do not exercise enough.
Playing video games (even on the Wii) does not constitute a proper physical workout.
Some people can become desensitized to violence when they a lot of violent video games. There have been reports of criminals copying violent video game crimes (such as those featured in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series).
Some people may think that taking drugs, getting drunk and smoking are not harmful when they are presented in video games without the characters feeling any effects from their behavior.
Can give people false expectations of real life, as real life cannot be perfectly simulated by video games.