Video Games Side Effects

Do video games actually affect your personality physically and mentally. Why not find out in this debate?

Do your video games that you play affect your personality physically or mentally?

Well, in this article I’m going to explain a few points in which how some people can get serious side effects from playing video games (mentally).

I, myself, am a serious video gamer when I have free time but in the past few years I have learnt to limit the time I am on my PS3. First point is playing too much video games and watching the T.V. screen for hours non stop can make your mind’s frequency begin to scramble and rise rapidly which can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea, in some cases epilepsy. This results in too much flashing lights. Your eyes become tired and your eyelids become heavier causing you to get serious pain in your head.

Now, that’s just half of the story. What video games do to you mentally is very awful. The idea of blowing up buildings, stealing cars or even stabbing someone to death for fun all come from playing violent video games. At a young age as you start playing these violent games, the bad information about killing people; stealing things, will all be stuck in your mind. This wrongly received information transfers into fear, stress and anger causing you to do unimaginable things, which could lead into someone being harmed.

A TRUE story I once heard was an 18-year-old boy from Thailand. He goes off and buys GTA IV. He plays it for a few weeks and he gets into this game so much that he absolutely loves it. He loves it so much that he decides to go out, go up to a taxi and stab the taxi driver, stealing the taxi and keeping the dead body in the passengers seat, roaming around the streets of Thailand. Due to the fact that in GTA IV you have the ability to kill and steal cars your mind develops these ideas into real life therefore being controlled by these horrific situations. The boy was caught and when they asked why do it he said I wanted to know what would happen. Well, it was a bit obvious!!

On the other hand, video games doesn’t have to be all bad, in fact it can help you to deal with real life situations that you encounter. It helps your mind develop more of what life can really lead to and what some people go through during their course of life. From what I have observed during my five year of video games, my mind has rapidly increased in the way I act and talk.

You just have to remember what position your putting yourself into.

Why not comment and give me your opinions on this situation.

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  1. MmmPuldifrin.
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    With a name like Spongebob square pants, I highly doubt you have anywhere near the expertise needed to be reporting on the topic. Also, your English skills seem to be terribly detrimental, and I suggest you spend a little more time proof-reading your work. You fail to use a consistent tense, and your words aren’t always words. Your example of the Thai kid is completely assinine. Saying the murder was a result of things he picked up from GTA is like saying someone who strangles another person picked that behavior up from a stress ball. Obviously the kid had serious mental problems to believe that it was okay to kill, and then keep the body in the cab, but that is at no fault to Rockstar or the game industry. Please, next time you think you have to report on an issue, think about it a little more.

  2. bdog
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I believe that people need to stop playing so much time playing video games, I do not believe that a video can cause a perfectly normal boy to go syko. The boy would have to have serious mental problem.

  3. Rossi
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 4:39 am

    I believe that playing video games for a large length of time can have severe side effects. For most of my day, i sit at my computer playing my favourite game World of Warcraft and over the past few weeks i have noticed that my circulation has deteriorated, i get pains around the stomache area daily and these can last up to 2-3 hours. I also feel dizzy when i stand up after a long time sitting playing games. I have had several days off school because of these illness’s. Playing games like this is ver bad for your health and it is also really hard to come of this routine. Please listen to me and dont follow in my footsteps. Thanks.

  4. bob the enforcer
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    …….. master quife are you like trying to be funny?

  5. Max
    Posted May 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I get alot of pain in my head and stress but i guess it depends on the person. My mother is bypolar and takes medication for quemichal imbalance so for those who play and do awfull things. I think a game is a poor excuse to blame for your actions. I am 34 years old and played video games since the age of 12, when Atari came out. Pin ball etc… Theres other thing out there worse than video games like drugs,crimes et…

  6. Sn0kiL +dapdap
    Posted May 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    hehe… video games… it ruined my life and also gives me more inspiration of what things i hvae to do in my life… because of this nonsense of gaming experience, i have to return to highschool(freshman) 3 times… but even though I was an addictive kind of player, I realize some of my skills in computer rose up and gives me more ideas and stuff of what my life could be… my name is Michael, logging out

  7. fhsfem
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 2:36 am

    My son is fifteen, anti-social and prone to aggressive outburst. Though he has always been somewhat shy he has definitley become more aggressive and disrespectful since he started playing these violent video games. I’ve noticed, when he doesn’t play for a few days, (either because he is having issues with his video system or I have taken it away) he’s more relaxed and socialble. To those parents who don’t know what to do; pull the plug! I know your child really enjoys playing (and like myself don’t want to take anything away from their kids that they enjoy) but they don’t realize the harm they are doing to themselves and their family.

  8. Posted August 29, 2009 at 8:07 am

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  9. fsdfsfsdfsas666
    Posted September 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I believe it causes anger but I don’t believe it that it can make you do unimaginable things..
    First of all it depends on the the person wether he is mentally ill or not..
    I’m a student and also a gamer but I do know what is wrong and what is right when it comes to playing video games..

    Its so obvious that the teen-ager in the story is mentally ill.

    ask your self this questions:
    Why would I kill a person when I know it is WRONG to do that?
    Why would I something stupid like that?

  10. Marjory
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I hate video games now!!! It gave me brain lesion because I play a lot of highly violent gory games, which suppresses my
    emotion. :..( not only that my eyes is hurting a lot lately .

  11. julian
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I have been noticing lately that when i was in HS i was a very athletic person and i would play my ps2 alot and i really didnt have any problems but now im in college and all i do after class is play on my laptop or my ps3 and lately ive been getting sick all the time cause thats all i do. So i did notice that video games are bad if you do it continuously. But as far as blaming them for the bad things people do is just stupid ive been playing them since mario came out and never have i thought about doing something off of gta or any other violent game so dont blame games for the psycotic things people do.

  12. Posted April 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    my penis fell off do to too many video games and lack of penis usage, DAMN THEM VIDEO GAMES!!!!!!!!!

  13. abs
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

    i really like games but i realized that it can harm u seriously damaging eyes, brain and other parts but on the other hand some games can make your spellings, readings, language, and other in my opinion you can play games but in the limit atleast 20 min

  14. pastor
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:23 am

    games arent all in this world….u need to take time with ur fam.and stop playing so much….life is not a game and the only way u will know what to do in ur life is living it not playing it!! God bless u all and dont forget that God loves u all and his comin g is soon!! pray dont play!!

  15. SPEECH AND DEBATe
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I believe that playing video games too long can have severe side effects, i’m in a speech and debate class and this will really help on out debate on whether video games are good for you. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  16. GripposRus
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I think that everyone is taking video games to an all new level here. We need to stop blaming our problems on our entertainment and start taking initiative. The video games aren’t causing the problems, it’s the fact that you’re sitting there for hours at a time playing them. I agree with MmmPuldifrin to an extent. People who go out and do violent things are probably mentally ill from the start. It’s up to the parents and ourself to limit the time they spend in front of the TV. Hate the people not the Game.

  17. Robar
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Well, video games in general aren’t that dangerous. Any form of entertainment, even books, can make someone addictive. The most addictive of all video games are in my opinion are RPGs and even more notorious are MMORPGs. Why this genre? In such games, you interact with many characters for quite a log time, even develop relationship with them. It is like living another life. I am a moderately heavy gamer and usually play racing and FPSs, which are enjoyable, but you can snap out of them. I played an RPG a few days back and its events are still on my mind. It is the level of interaction in an RPG that I find a little bit disturbing, otherwise all games are fun if you know how to keep track of the real world.

  18. Robar
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Well, video games in general aren\’t that dangerous. Any form of entertainment, even books, can make someone addictive. The most addictive of all video games are in my opinion are RPGs and even more notorious are MMORPGs. Why this genre? In such games, you interact with many characters for quite a log time, even develop relationship with them. It is like living another life. I am a moderately heavy gamer and usually play racing and FPSs, which are enjoyable, but you can snap out of them. I played an RPG a few days back and its events are still on my mind. It is the level of interaction in an RPG that I find a little bit disturbing, otherwise all games are fun if you know how to keep track of the real world.

  19. Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Video games make you think weird.

  20. jazz
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

    i am a 12 yr old boy i once played vice city for a few hours i became violent with people for some time

  21. Charles
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I used to not get up from my games to go to use the restroom at home and my mom was pretty mad with the amount of new underwear she had to buy me. It was that bad. Please don’t let your video game use get to that point.

  22. Charles
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I used to not get up from my games to go to use the restroom at home and my mom was pretty mad with the amount of new underwear she had to buy me. It was that bad. Please don\’t let your video game use get to that point.

  23. Michelle
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I am the mother of an 8 year old boy who has recently had his xbox confiscated. I am in 100% agreement with fhsfem. Although my son was not playing violent games (mainly racing), he became anti-social, disrespectful and prone to violent outbursts (which came out of nowhere). When he was asked to stop playing he would get extremely angry and then try and sneak back upstairs for another go. Gaming is definitely addictive. It was hard to take his xbox and computer away from him but even after 1 day of no xbox or computer, my son is already a different child. Any future use will be heavily monitored.

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