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#1 EVIL Shenanigans

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 05:41 AM

I realize some of you watch this and some of you probably dont but just for those who don't know about it, i'd like to bring your attention to an episode that was truly epic IMHO. Actually decided to ignore it since i figured they were going to say 'Videos Games is Bullsh*t' hence the title (Youtube titles it 'war on video games more appropriately) but i was insomniatic, and didnt have anything better to do, and i gotta say im glad i was wrong. Length: approx 25 min. The ending really caught my attention, though*. (Part 3; 1:40-6:03)
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#2 Cleric

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:18 AM

Yeah the violent part is bullshit. These are I think are some of the more valid arguments against videogames but even then I don't agree with all of them. Really it is all about how you interpret data.

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By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Video games can be bad for you, but not for the reasons you might think. They're not bad for you because they'll make you violent because they won't. However they can be bad for you for other reasons.

Here's a general look at the top 5 reasons why video games can be bad for you.
1. Video Games Can Be Addictive

Addiction is defined as "The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or involved in something." Anyone who has really been into video games has experienced this. Kids and adults alike think about getting home and playing games. They also spend a great deal of time reading gaming magazines, participating in online gaming forums, looking for future game releases, and of course, spending countless hours playing games. When they aren't doing any of these things, they're wishing they were. True but substitute for movies or sports and you get the same effects. So yeah but not yeah.

2. Video Games Can Be Expensive

It cost a lot of money to stay current with the latest video games and hardware (console and/or computer). Many gamers spend all of their money on gaming. For example, it's not uncommon for a gamer to have 50-100 games that cost $40-$50 each. They also often have at least 2 different game consoles and 1 high-end PC. This can easily add up to thousands of dollars a year to maintain a typical gamer's habits. Not if you pirate them or ignore the ones that are obviously crap.

3. Video Games Can Hurt Relationships

There's often a direct correlation with the amount of time spent playing video games, and the amount of time spent engaging in a quality relationship. In the most extreme example I could find, there was a couple that was so consumed with playing video games that they ended up neglecting their 3 children to the point that they were malnourished, naked, and covered in their own feces. Although that's an extreme case, I still think there's something to be said about people who spend the majority of their free time playing video games. My guess is that they're probably not dating or pursuing a meaningful relationship in their free time. People who use this argument have problems with or without video-games. There are just some people who don't click unless they are fucking, which is probably why they are together. Not totally true but not totally false either.

Update: A reader brought to my attention an online group dedicated to loved ones who have been affected by their partner's addiction to World of WarCraft (WoW). Their description includes the following

Do you have a loved one that plays World of Warcraft so much that you feel like you are a widow? This group isn't just for wives, but for anyone, husbands, girl or boyfriends, mothers, fathers, sons or daughters, or anyone that has had a relationship effected by this addictive game.

4. Video Games Can Be Distracting

Avid gamers are similar to people who smoke a lot of marijuana in that they don't get much done. Reading a good book, taking care of bills, writing an article, inventing something, mowing the lawn, etc... are simply not a priority when it comes to getting to the next level or finishing a game. Many gamers have things they would like to do in life, but they never get around to it, because they spend so much of their time playing games. Then, when they do have time to work on one of their projects, they're too tired to do it, because they stayed up till 3am playing a game. I don't smoke anymore, I pay my bills on time, I have mexicans mow my lawn, so why shouldn't I relax after working all day.

5. Video Games Can Rob You Of Real Life Experiences

Instead of taking a trip, mountain biking, or hanging out with friends at a cafe, gamer's spend their time in a virtual reality. Whereas real life experiences bear long lasting friendships and memories, videos games do not. The only pictures that come from video games are screenshots, and the memories that are created from playing those games are ultimately meaningless. Living means interacting, growing, learning, teaching, and loving none of which can be accomplished in the virtual wasteland of video games. Yeah but most intelligent people realize that they can be doing something else and CHOOSE not to because either A.) it involves more money then they are willing to spend B.) are physically unable to or C.) don't have the time inbetween required responsibilites to accomplish said activity.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:12 PM

videogames keep my broke ass from going out and spending money.
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#4 Jack

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:12 PM

funny sh*t, now im going to start watching that show.

BTW I love how they get the f*cking wal-mart of gamers to depict the whole. I found the dude with the long yet receiding hair and the awesome jacket with the metallica patch to be quite distubing which is odd since I hardly ever find topics covered in BoSS's vent to be so...and we cover some pretty f*cked up sh*t.

PS LOL Cleric dropped some sh*t like he has had to defend this topic before personally.

Edited by Jack, 29 July 2009 - 06:41 PM.

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#5 Cleric

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:34 PM

PS LOL Cleric dropped some sh*t like he has had to defend this topic before personally.



Muh I just think there are some valid points but mostly it has to do with habits and being lazy.
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#6 EVIL Shenanigans

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:29 AM

Yeah, cleric...you deserve to be a c-span with that sh*t, with a Clinton being on the receiving end. To think that any of us actually need to hear that is kinda redic. But yeah, i think that video games dont cause violence but in some rare cases they cause insensitivity to the persons lifes surroundings. Whether that lack of emotion leads to shooting up a school or bathing a kid in feces', i figure its all relative on that person. Most of us (BoSS) play ridiculous amounts of violent video games and maintain what is thought to be normal lives and lifestyles. Why anyone would do anything different would have to be due to another reason other than the video games he or she plays, whether or not that may or may not be the trigger.

BTW I love how they get the f*cking wal-mart of gamers to depict the whole.

I know, right? Hell, i wouldnt want to watch the show regularly due to the 'bullsh*t' on this show like that. I Tivo it simply to have something to do when im bored out of my mind and thankfully, like i said, i was surprised by this particular creation.

Edited by EVIL Shenanigans, 30 July 2009 - 01:30 AM.

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#7 Faber

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:33 AM

videogames keep my broke ass from going out and spending money.


Amen to that man...+1
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#8 WhiteRabbit

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 04:16 AM

I love those guys.
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#9 Jack

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:59 PM

I love those guys.

You love all guys, homo.
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#10 WhiteRabbit

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:00 AM

f*cking your mom in the ass doesn't mean I'm gay Jack, I just don't want HIV.
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#11 Jack

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:20 PM

f*cking your mom in the ass doesn't mean I'm gay Jack, I just don't want HIV.

um bro, i think your understanding of ways blood born pathogens are transmitted is a bit off. then again, you didin't know there was a country called Niger.
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#12 WhiteRabbit

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:35 PM

Lol still with the niger bit huh?
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#13 Jack

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:39 PM

Lol still with the niger bit huh?

Like anon, i never forget
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