HONOURABLE MENTION

How do video games affect people?

My project is about How video games affect peoples minds?. I have negative and positive outcomes.
Eshal Tareen
Grade 7

Problem

How video games affect peoples?

Method

So I chose the websites that were good with my topic

Research

Video games: A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with an input device – such as a joystick, controller, keyboard, or motion-sensing device – to generate visual feedback for a player. The first video games were simple extensions of electronic games using video-like output from large room-size computers in the 1950s and 1960s, while the first video games available to consumers appeared in 1971 through the release of the Arcade game Computer Space and with the first home console the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. Since the 2010s, the commercial importance of the video game industry has been increasing tremendously.

Fortnite: Fortnite is a survival game where 100 players fight against each other in player versus player combat to kill each other till the last one standing. Other games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, and The Elder Scrolls Online draw millions of players into their virtual worlds.

What is video game addiction/Gaming disorder?

Video game addiction, also known as gaming disorder or internet gaming disorder, is generally defined as the problematic, compulsive use of video games that results in significant impairment to an individual's ability to function in various life domains over a prolonged period of time. This resulted in co-occurring mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, ADHD, or even autism.

Symptoms of Video Game Addiction: If you suspect that someone you care about suffers from an addictive gaming disorder, there are some important signs to watch out for. If you’re trying to tell if someone has a serious video game problem, consider these questions: Are they becoming isolated from family and friends? Are they lying to others about how often they play video games and do they often play in secret? Do they become upset and irritable when they’re not playing video games? Are they neglecting work or school to play video games? Are they avoiding activities they once enjoyed? Are they skipping meals to focus on gaming? Are they often tired because they’re not getting enough sleep? Do they have physical problems from gaming too much, like carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, and eye strain?

 

Negative effects of playing video games:1. Addiction 2. Aggressive thoughts and behavior. 3.Mental health disorder. 4. Increases depression and anxiety. 5. MRI scans reveal that addictive video games can have a similar effect on kids' brains as drugs and alcohol. 6. Kids addicted to video games see their school performance suffer. 7. It appears that this causes an increase in the amount of gray matter in their caudate nucleus, while it decreases in the hippocampus. 8. Too much video game playing makes your kid socially isolated. 9.Excessive Video games also have bad effects on some children’s health, including obesity, video-induced seizures. and postural, muscular, and skeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome. 10. When playing online, your kid can pick up bad language and behavior from other people, and may make your kid vulnerable to online dangers. 11. Some experts who believe that there is a connection between video games and violence blame the games’ interactive nature.
 

People die by playing games: In 2015, a 24-year-old man collapsed and died after playing “World of Warcraft” for 19 hours straight in a Shanghai Internet cafe. A 17-year-old boy from Thailand was playing online video games through the night as he suffered a stroke and died at his computer.

Positive video games effects: 1.Problem-solving and logic.  2.Planning, resource management, and logistics. 3. Multitasking, simultaneous tracking of many shifting variables, and managing multiple objectives. 4.Quick thinking, making fast analysis and decisions. 5.Accuracy. 6.Perseverance. 8.Inductive reasoning and hypothesis testing.10.Improved ability to rapidly and accurately recognize visual information. 11.Taking risks.

How to cure addicted children of playing violent video games:1.Parents should also minimize their screen time to give enough time to children. 2.Conciling kids. 3.Encourge sport and physical activities. 4.When calling your child off the game ensure your child to another activity.

Good video games: Animal Crossing, Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Katamari Damacy Reroll, Pokemon: Let’s Go Pickachu!, Just Dance 2021, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario & Sonic At The Olympics 2020, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Super Mario Party, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

 

 

Data

Amount Gamers in the World:

10-20 years:22%

21-35 years:35%

36-50 years:28%

51-65 years:15%

Numbers of players in Millions of Fortnite:

August 2017:1m

December 2017: 30m

January 2018: 45m 

June 2018: 125 m

November 2018: 200m

March 2019: 250m

May 2020: 300m

 

Conclusion

My hypothesis was correct. With the research I did. We should play board games, cards, chess and other games alike. Avoid violent games. Start playing sports, problem-solving, and puzzle games.

Citations

https://www.webwise.ie/parents/explainers/explained-what-is-fortnite/#:~:text=Fortnite%20is%20a%20survival%20game,125%20million%20players%20on%20Fortnite.

 

https://gamequitters.com/video-game-addiction/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game

 

https://www.sportskeeda.com/esports/how-many-people-still-play-fortnite#:~:text=According%20to%20a%20chart%

 

https://www.firelands.com/blog/video-game-addiction-officially-mental-illness-should-you-worry#:~:text=And%20many%20times%2C%20the%20WHO,%2C%20ADHD%2C%20or%20even%20autism.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/23/va-man-died-during-marathon-attempt-to-play-video-game-for-24-hours/

 

 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/722259/world-gamers-by-age-and-gender/

 

https://www.dana.org/article/video-games-affect-the-brain-for-better-and-worse/

 

https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/video-game-addiction/

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/best-non-violent-video-games/

Acknowledgement

https://www.webwise.ie/parents/explainers/explained-what-is-fortnite/#:~:text=Fortnite%20is%20a%20survival%20game,125%20million%20players%20on%20Fortnite.

 

https://gamequitters.com/video-game-addiction/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game

 

https://www.sportskeeda.com/esports/how-many-people-still-play-fortnite#:~:text=According%20to%20a%20chart%

 

https://www.firelands.com/blog/video-game-addiction-officially-mental-illness-should-you-worry#:~:text=And%20many%20times%2C%20the%20WHO,%2C%20ADHD%2C%20or%20even%20autism.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/23/va-man-died-during-marathon-attempt-to-play-video-game-for-24-hours/

 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/722259/world-gamers-by-age-and-gender/

 

https://www.dana.org/article/video-games-affect-the-brain-for-better-and-worse/

 

https://www.addictioncenter.com/drugs/video-game-addiction/

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/best-non-violent-video-games/