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Re: Computer games and mental health

Post by Evie on Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:37 pm

Interesting. I know it's controversial, but I do believe that computer/video games are ultimately not good for the brain (see this study, for example)... but I've seen so much positive press about this Pokemon thing, and it seems like a lot of fun.

Does anyone here play it? Half my social circle is crazy about it, and I'm just sitting here going "What's with the hype? Am I too old or something?" lol. Wink


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Post by President Roosevelt on Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:21 pm

Video games saved my life, especially the Metal Gear Solid ones. Even though I have the games remastered for PS3, I still keep my old MGS2 and MGS3 games for PS2, just like how I kept my old battered version of Huck Finn even though I have a fancy hardcover of it - out of reverence and respect for what the games have done for me. And there are more recent studies as well explaining that violent video games do not make kids more violent or aggressive. One study showed that rises in aggressiveness were not correlated with the content of the game, but on the time played. Another study says that one-player games boosted grades, especially in science and math.
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Post by Luney on Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:51 am

I've been thinking about asking you all about it for a few days now Very Happy EEeeeeverybody here plays... kids, old people, everyone. I see other local moms at the forum write things like
"Just collected my husband from the forest behind the church, third time today he got lost looking for Whateveramon.."
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"Just spent 4 hours driving around the neighborhood looking for imaginary monsters."

The main issue here is more robberies, seen lots of news already with armed robbers taking advantage of this game and pedophiles.




I downloaded it to see what the hype is about but I found it boring, so no I'm not playing. But there were literally dozens and dozens of people playing at the park today, they all look like zombies walking aimlessly noses in phones.

I think violent games don't make you any more violent unless you have the crazy tendency already. I know some guys that are the happiest sweetest people that wouldn't hurt a fly and they play some real gory games. Then again you read about some mass shooters and hear they were obsessed with violent computer games, so it can go either way I guess.
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Post by President Roosevelt on Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:09 am

I still don't know what Pokemon Go is about, I never really liked Pokemon stuff, Gundam was always my favorite anime. But I kept seeing headlines about crimes and deaths with Pokemon Go so I thought to myself the game must be cursed laugh We definitely need a horror movie where some Illuminati type organization uses creepy video games to control/ destroy society  Twisted Evil



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Post by Night Eyes on Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:36 am

My girls have been playing it and they absolutely love it, its got them talking and interacting more and it seems to be making them happy

i guess there's definitely 2 sides to this, and well surely any parent has a responsibility to ensure their kids are safe right? it needs tweaking if its causing such serious issues but i wouldnt knock it entirely my girls seem perfectly happy and safe playing it Wink
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Post by Evie on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:32 am

I think the problem with computer/iPhone/video games is in overuse and addiction. Anything that tampers with your brain worries me - alcohol, chocolate, drugs - because it can be very easy to get "hooked"...and judging from the Pokemon craze, most people I know are hooked. We don't yet sufficiently understand the impact electronics have on us, but I think it's necessary to be careful.

My mum used to limit the time I was allowed to play The Sims. I remember sometimes getting permission to play it for longer and then........  emerging with aching eyes and head a few hours later. Wink I also remember drowning Sims or trapping them in a place with fire so that they would later emerge as ghosts, or having some degree of Schadenfreude at a Sim ruining another Sim's relationship. Rolling Eyes If the universe is actually a giant computer-based simulation, as Night suggested in this thread, certain things would make more sense. Sigh...

This is an interesting article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/books/review/Saletan-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

I think even hardcore gamers will like it, as it looks at these things from different angles. Smile

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Post by Night Eyes on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:39 am

yeah i think there should definitely be a balance,there's nothing worse than seeing people with their noses in their phones all day long, but i do think this Pokemon has some positives, if it is helping anxious or depressed people get out and socialise or be a bit braver then that can only be a good thing.
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Post by Luney on Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:09 am

Oh yes, the idea behind the game is great- to get people out and moving. Just there are always some evil people trying to take advantage.

I read some depression research once that claimed the gaming (I can assume they are talking about heavy daily gaming in your bedroom all day, not like Pokemon) is actually a symptom of depression. Some relation with using it to hide from real life if I remember correctly Scratchhead
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Post by Night Eyes on Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:21 am

yeah i think its so sad we live in a world where something good gets turned sour so quickly by bad people

and i think i've heard this aswell, i think though its quite natural to want to escape when you're depressed, and i would say looking at it from a cbt point of view you might play computer games to feel better if it's something you find enjoyable

Evies article is definitely food for thought though
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