4. Video games make you stupid
With the rise in popularity of gaming, there has been quite a bit of research done to find out the effects it has on the gamers, and it’s proved quite a bit of people wrong. Gaming has been shown to increase brain function, problem solving skills, spatial reasoning, memory, attention span, strategic planning, and as we discussed earlier in the list, social skills. The negative stigmas surrounding gaming is something gamers face fairly regularly whenever the subject comes up, but it’s definitely something they can be proud of. Most of the negativity comes from misinformation based on positive facts. Do some research, and game on!
3. Gaming promotes violence
It’s fair to say that some games are more violent than others, for sure that’s true. It’s not fair to say that gaming generally promotes violence. As we found out earlier, gaming is appealing to people of all walks of life, this includes some who may be mentally unstable. Some games may be found to be beneficial for those who are mentally unstable, though some may be questionable, however, the same can be said about movies, music, books, TV, and just about anything else. When you’re taking a look at what causes any violent action to take place, it would be in everyone’s best interest to keep the search going past gaming.
2. Atari was the first console
Although Atari has been around for what feels like forever, and it’s rumored they’re working on a new Atari console, they technically weren’t the first. In 1972, Magnavox released the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game console capable of being connected to a TV set. The Odyssey was moderately successful, especially for it’s time, selling about 100,000 units with really no competition. It wasn’t until 1975, shortly after Atari released the popular arcade game Pong, when Magnavox decided to cancel the Odyssey and go for a scaled down version called the Odyssey 100, which could play Pong and hockey. So although Atari has been around a very long time, and they certainly are revolutionary, they were not the first.
1. Gamers are nerds/geeks
Sure, us gamers can seem kind of dorky or nerdy at times, but we’re buffs. We’re game buffs. I read somewhere, and it’s stuck with me ever since, to compare it to someone like a movie buff. It’s a very similar situation, only we have to ability to control the outcome. This is true with most games these days, though it is hardly true for TV or movies (unless you include the next ‘Puss in Books’ Netflix “experiment” similar to a choose-your-own-adventure book). This is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, it shows your passion for the games. So when someone calls you a nerd or a dork or whatever, embrace it. It’s your love for the game they’re seeing.