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Video Game Misconceptions

Updated on December 23, 2012

Video games are just for kids...

Sure there are many great titles available for kids, however, there are also many titles that are geared towards a more mature crowd.

Immersing yourself in a good video game can be just as satisfying as reading a good book, watching a well written movie/television show or even listening to your favorite song. If you remove all the mental road blocks and biases you have towards video games and truly allow yourself to be transported to the video games world and into the storyline, you will find yourself in a virtual fantasy world full of lots of different emotions and wonders.

There's nothing like playing a good video game, and I'm not talking about games like Pong (even though Pong does rock), I'm talking about "AAA" titles such as Skyrim, Borderlands and Dead Space. It's like a book and movie rolled into one, you get the visual appeal and the excitement of a movie and you get transcended into the games virtual world like as if you would if you were reading a good book.

Video games aren't art...

Anyone who would make this argument obviously has never really watched a video game being played, let alone played one for themselves, which in my opinion is a very ignorant thing to do.

How can you play games like Crysis, Journey and/or Darksiders (just to name a few) and claim they aren't a form of art...of course not all, but some of these games are beautiful and ascetically pleasing to the eye and mind. I really believe that the whole "video games are just for kids" mentality is what keeps people from truly appreciating them for what they are.

I honestly can't see how some critics can say that video games aren't a form of art; if they actually took the time to experience what they really had to offer I believe they would be blown away and have a change of heart. I mean if those stupid Magic Eye pictures from the early 90's can be consider art, then why can't video games? Honestly, I only think they're stupid because I could never see the picture within the picture...my eyes were never magic enough I guess.

Video games cause violent behaviour...

This is another one of those cases where people are looking for a scapegoat, something to blame their troubles on instead of taking responsibility themselves. Granted, there are impressionable people, not just kids, that play video games who may attempt to act out what they play and/or see on the screen, but that is the minority not the majority. There are plenty of well adjusted people who play these games and never feel it necessary to act of what they've seen and/or played within the game.

Chris Rock said it the best..."Everybody is wanting to know what music were the kids listening to, or what movies were they watching. Who gives a (bleep) what they was watching! Whatever happened to crazy? What, you can't be crazy no more? Should we eliminate crazy from the dictionary?"

For the parents who let their kids partake in gaming, there is a rating system in place to help you decipher what is appropriate for your kids to play...so use it.

A gamer is a nerdy immature manchild who still live with their parents...

First off, believe it or not, there are female gamers...some of which who can get down and dirty with their male counterparts without ever breaking a sweat.

Next, gamers come from all walks of life, there's a wide assortments of us...we're like shoes...we all do the same thing, but we come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Who knows, your next door neighbor could be one of us...or even your significant other.

We also don't all go to conventions dressed up as our favorite video game characters either...honestly, once was enough for me, once I got my ass kicked coming home from a convention dressed as Link from Zelda I vowed never again.

Playing video games will rot your brain...

Please, this couldn't be any further from the truth...they are just a form of entertainment and are no more harmful then say watching a movie and/or television show. There are many thought provoking games that require you to use your brain to figure out puzzles, strategies and solutions to various situation you could find yourself in. Believe it or not, it is not just zombie fun...which would be mindless for you people unfamiliar with zombies.

If anything, while playing some of these games you may actually learn something...now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you will become smarter than a fifth grader...but you could end up a little more wiser then when you started.

These are just a few of the misconceptions I can think of, I'm sure there are more, but unfortunately by playing video games my whole life I have fried too many brain cells, so I can't remember the rest.

MJM

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Steve Orion the reason there hasn't been any correlations found between the two...is because there isn't any correlation...when something goes wrong people just need something to point the finger at...it makes them feel better about things.

      Thanks for reading and for the feedback...I really appreciate it.

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      Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Study after study has been done seeking the correlation between video game use and violent behavior. As a gamer, I'm glad none has been found.

      The games will only get more and more complex in the future, so to an extent I'm disappointed I won't be able to play in a virtual reality or something more extreme a hundred years in the future. I suppose what we have on hand now will have to suffice. Great Hub!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Miller2232 me too...I'm a proud gamer.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm raising my hand to say that I still play video games and still love playing them.

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @gmaoli thank you for taking the time to read what I had to say and for responding...I really appreciate it.

      I was in the same boat as you...I too took a break from gaming due to the negative connotations that were attached to the hobby. I since then, have grown a backbone and realized I didn't give a poop what people thought.

      Darksiders 2 is an amazing game...I'm having a blast with it. I really hope a third is on the horizon...but with things how they are, you never know.

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      Gianandrea Maoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi MichaelJohnMele. You're right on the money with all these misconceptions! I'll be honest there was a time that I stopped playing video games for a while because for the most part I was afraid that kind of thing made me look immature in the eyes of most people (the manchild thing you mentioned reminded me of that). However, I started to get back into it because I was finding a lot of games out there that really appealed to me due to their deep story telling, visuals, and puzzle situations. These are all things I really enjoy and it's something you can find in any other media form that are not video games at all, so what I do care what other people's conceptions are of my hobbies? I think an article like this overall really helps people understand what makes this hobby so enjoyable for us and how gamers like us are really no different from the average joes and janes you see doing whatever it is they are doing in their own lives.

      On a side note, I should mention that you are 100% right about Darksiders...I've played through a large portion and it's a very visually beautiful game! I'd also recommend Metal Gear Solid 4 if you want good story telling as well...all the MGS core series games have great story lines and nothing every appears to be as it seems with the characters in them.

      Well done! I've got several gamer friends that will love to see this, so I'll be sharing this around!

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @Geekdom...thank you sir...glad you enjoyed it.

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Great hub. I particularly liked the comparison of video games to a good book or movie.