Unfortunately I haven’T been able to obtain my copy of the book, but when signing up for this class, a lot of thoughts crossed my mind. I have always been interested in the thought of the strong affect that video games has on our society. In the early 80s and 90s, video games were innocent. No one ever thought Sonic the Hedgehog or Tetris to harm a child’s state of mind. Nowadays, video games come with parental labels and discretions. Times have drastically changed aned so has everything else in it. The two points that I would like to discuss are obesity and violence affecting society.
I cannot even recall how many times I have heard people place blame on video games because of childhood obesity. Technology has advanced and a lot of children do not play in the park like they use to. This still should not be one of the main reasons on why childhood obesity has become such an epidemic in our country. Children can only do so much. It is up to our parents and educators to encourage children to do outdoor activities rather than staying inside and staring at a television. How will children ever get to enjoy their childhood if they do not know what is in store for them?
On the issue of violence in our society, I seem to never come to a complete stance about the issue. For instance, the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Blame has been placed on violent video games. It has been said that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed the crimes for various reasons but also was inflenced by violent video games.
What are your views on the correlation of video games, obesity and violence?