Video games are one of the most inaccurate ways of entertainment. Countless people have countless opinions on video games, and many of them are not, well. Like, of course.
On top of that, the rise of eSports has shown people that one would not normally have seen the game before a new idea of gaming.
As someone who enjoys video games, I think we should try to educate and explain these eight misconceptions/generalities to non-gamers in our lives.
However, there are still a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions that come with games and gamers, so we decided to call them out and prove them wrong.
Games are not beneficial to us
I believe that many games have a creative and educational layer, but of course, this does not mean that children should play all the time.
Research suggests that children as young as 3 should play a maximum of 10 minutes per day and 6-year-olds should not be online more than 30 minutes a day.
If children stay within these parameters, then games can be very beneficial. Children can gain a lot from sports, such as learning about teamwork — and their sporting achievements can help build confidence.
It is amazing to see how beneficial online games can be to society, helping scientists solve problems that can cure diseases and even find potentially habitable planets.
Video games are for kids
The biggest problem for gamers before us is that video games are seen as children toys.
In fact, many of the big titles coming out these days have very mature ratings specifically designed for mature audiences.
In 2011, fifty-three % of gamers fell among the eighteen to forty-nine age range. And within that range, the typical gamer was amazingly mature – thirty-seven, in fact.
Video games cause us to become more violent
Video games are making us violent and it was a very old idea to stop children from playing so many games.
Such allegations often come on the face of subsequent forensic analysis. In fact, current scientific evidence suggests that the link between sport and aggression is indeed weak. In a recently published study
In a study by Yale University scientists, it was also stated in 2010 that gaming appears to be harmless to the vast majority of children.
These concerns are not unfounded.
A review of the scientific literature conducted by the American Psychological Association Task Force found a “well-established” link between violent video games and a short-term increase in aggression.
Gamers are anti-social
When once gamers were considered antisocial, gaming is now increasingly seen as a social activity. And this is only fair – after all, in some games, you are no longer given the option to play offline, we are all social, but with the rise of social media, the internet has become a valid way of socializing.
However, according to a USA Today study, “people who play sports appear more engaged in society, the survey has found.
For example, gamers are more likely to perceive friends as important (57% vs. 35% of non-gamers) with nearly three-quarters (72%) saying that playing 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 tru
To make a point, the gaming industry brings together:
- Professional Players (who organize in teams, also known as eSports)
- Gaming communities