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# 31
04-30-2013, 06:45 PM
I personally see video games as a way to escape the frustrations of life. And also a way to escape that giant huge blue field that tries to kill me when I go outside... either by using a giant ball of fire to cook me, or drowning me with dark puffy things floating up there...

People around me... well... when we were all younger they all love games as much as I do. I guess getting married and raising a family changes that. My luck with women is pretty bad so that didn't happen for me.

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# 32
05-13-2013, 07:24 PM
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I am a teenager and personally it varies on who you talk to, but most of my family sees video games as just plan fun. My grandmothers probably have the most different views. One says video games rot your brain and the other plays video games on "the" Facebook all the time.
I wonder how many hours a day grandma spends watching soaps. Talk about brain rot.
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# 33
05-13-2013, 07:53 PM
I'm 32 and have moderate ADHD (Attention deficit Hyperactive disorder).

When I was younger my mom had a huge struggle trying to find something that would keep me occuptied for more than literally 2 minutes. Before I was even born my parents had bought an Atari, and the second I was old enough it wasn't their Atari anymore. lol

All this time later it is still extremely rare that I can find something that keeps my attention. Also video games are proven to increase eye/hand coordination, cognitive reasoning, and several other benefits.

Being that I've played video games all my life in one form or another I'll never understand why people attempt to blame video games for real life violence or any of the other things they do.

As far as my mom goes, after I stole her Atari when I was a kid she didn't really play any video games after that, but now she's getting back into playing simple ones like hidden object games and I got her addicted to minecrack....err minecraft. lol
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# 34
05-13-2013, 08:12 PM
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So what do the older people in your life think of video games?
I am 19 and I thought that playing video games was considered a socially acceptable thing like Reading, watching television, or movies. But there are apparenty some people that are still living in the past that think that playing video games is considered a: "Waste of time".

I recently had a teacher who thought that playing video games was a waste of time. However she thought that movies and tv shows were normal. I also think that it is funny when elders still see video games as nothing more than 'Mario' or 'Pac Man'. When in fact they are way more complex and can be far mor educational than television.

What are your stories on this subject?
I'm currently 50; and have been computer gaming (and pencil and paper RPGing) since about 1975 (I was 12 years old - my junior high school had access to a mainframe computer via a 110 baud (not k-bud, baud) acoustic modem and a teletype. The first computer game I played was a Star Trek simulator called "STTR1". <--- This got me into programming and essentially lead to the IT career I still have today.)

I continued computer gaming via the TRS-80 -> Apple ][ -> Atari 40/800/520ST - PC XT, etc. up to today.

(My pencil and paper RPGing started with the saddle stitched "World of Greyhawk" and also hs continued to this day with too many game systems,etc. to list here.)

So, how do I view video games? Still loving and playing a bunch of them.
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# 35
05-13-2013, 08:34 PM
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I continued computer gaming via the TRS-80 -> Apple ][ -> Atari 40/800/520ST - PC XT, etc. up to today.
You used a Trash-80, but didn't stop in at a C-64 on your way to the PC?
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# 36
05-13-2013, 08:43 PM
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I'm more than twice your age at 40, and you can probably guess how I view them, as I play this one!
Same here.

Video games teach great hand-eye coordination, as well as how to stay focused on personal goals.


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# 37
05-13-2013, 11:20 PM
This is a milenia old human issue. Not videogames, of course, but the ability for one to understand and accept that different people have different interests and what works for me doesn't have to be imposed on others as it may not work for them.
As said before on this thread, one thing is to neglect something for another. As a stupid example something like not feeding your child just to do that one more misson.
A totally different thing is how to define the relevance/usefulness of a given thing in our lives. If we are doing something we like, something that gives us pleasure, then obviously it is NOT a waste of time, it's in fact time well spent. It doesn't matter if it's playing videogames, doing crosswords, reading a book, going out for a walk, listening to musica, driving or even sleeping for hours. It's that simple.

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# 38
05-14-2013, 04:58 AM
I use to play pinball and popup shooters, does that date me much? Oh and pong was the big hit back in my day, so I don't see me dropping video games anytime soon, love them for a long long time.
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# 40
05-17-2013, 12:29 PM
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So what do the older people in your life think of video games?
I am 19 and I thought that playing video games was considered a socially acceptable thing like Reading, watching television, or movies. But there are apparenty some people that are still living in the past that think that playing video games is considered a: "Waste of time".

I recently had a teacher who thought that playing video games was a waste of time. However she thought that movies and tv shows were normal. I also think that it is funny when elders still see video games as nothing more than 'Mario' or 'Pac Man'. When in fact they are way more complex and can be far mor educational than television.

What are your stories on this subject?
I'm a disabled 58 year old and I love Video Games. They keep my mind active and pass the time. I play STO and LOTRO.
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