Are Video Games Good Or Bad For Your Health?

by Alannah Thurman Student Reporter

On average roughly 29% of people out of 7.550 billion during the year of 2017 play video games. In the U.S. alone there are more than 150 million who play video games. These numbers are only going to increase by each passing year. However, it is unclear whether or not video games are bad for your health.

Some side effects of video games include fatigue, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, addiction, etc.. However, that doesn’t mean everything about video games are bad. For example some people will experience improved reaction time, hand-eye coordination, puzzle solving skills, etc.. Some people just don’t play video games because of religious or medical reasons.

Karen Alvarado and Santiago Alapizco who are students at PRHS state that video games both impact them negatively and positively. They speculate that parents could either not care, hate, or even play video games themselves. Karen says, “My dad used to play video games and I have a half brother who still plays CoD.” On the other hand Santiago says that he doesn’t have any family members who play video games.

Now, for those that want to make video games is a different but, similar matter. It requires skills in programming, communication, and/or animation. In order to make a game they need to know the genre of game they want to make, their budget, the length, the plot in which the game is based off of, and they need to know their own limit when it comes to making video games.

Knowing their own skill level will allow them to know what boundaries the game itself has. Depending on the genre they’re looking to make they might not even need a plot. Their budget is what keeps the project running however, they can also use Kickstarter to raise funds for the project.

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