Biggest Myths About Video Games

Video games are one of the most misunderstood forms of entertainment. Countless people have countless opinions on video games, and a lot of them aren’t, well, right. Like, at all.

On top of this, the rise of eSports has shown people that usually wouldn’t have looked at games before a new idea of gaming.

As someone who enjoys video games, I think we should try to educate and explain these eight misconceptions/generalizations to the non-gamers in our life.

However, there’s still a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions that come with games and gamers so we’ve decided to call those out and prove them wrong.

Games are not beneficial to us

I believe there is a creative and educational layer in many games, but of course this doesn’t mean that kids should play all the time.

Research shows that kids aged 3 should play for a maximum of 10 minutes per day and 6-year-olds should not be online for more than 30 minutes a day.

If children stick within these parameters, games can be very beneficial. Kids can gain a lot from games, such as learning about teamwork—and their in-game achievements can help to build up self-confidence.

It’s amazing to see how playing online games can be greatly beneficial to society, helping scientists solve problems that could lead to a cure for diseases and even find potentially inhabitable planets.

Video games are for kids

The biggest problem we gamers face is that video games are seen as kids toys. In fact, a lot of the big titles coming out these days have very mature ratings are specifically designed for mature audiences.

In 2011, 53 percent of gamers fell within the 18 to 49 age range. And within that range, the average gamer was surprisingly mature — 37, in fact.

Video games cause us to become more violent

Video Games making us violent was a very old idea to try and stop kids playing so much.

Such accusations often fall flat in the face of subsequent forensic analysis. Indeed current scientific evidence suggests that the link between games and aggression is actually weak. In a recent study published

A study by Yale University scientists, also in 2010, said gaming appears to be harmless for a vast majority of kids.

These concerns aren’t baseless.

A review of the scientific literature, conducted by an American Psychological Association task force, found a “well established” link between violent video games and short-term increases in aggression.

Gamers are anti-social

When once gamers were considered antisocial, gaming itself is now slowly being viewed as a social activity. And it’s only fair – after all, with some games no longer giving you the option to play offline at all, we are all but forced to be social – with the rise of social media, the Internet has become a valid way of socializing.

However, according to a study by USA Today, “Those who do play games appear to be more engaged in society, the survey finds.

For instance, gamers are far more likely to consider friends important (57% vs. 35% non-gamers) with nearly three-fourths (72%) saying that the game with their friends.

Gamers don’t make money

This is one of the most common misconceptions about the gaming industry: gaming is not a real job. The truth is that gaming IS a real job and people working in the gaming industry can earn more money than you’ve imagined.

To make a point, the gaming industry brings together:

  • Professional Players (who organize in teams, also known as eSports)
  • Designers
  • Storytellers
  • Programmers
  • Gaming communities

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