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There are a lot of different opinions on video games. Some people believe that video games affect how people think and act. In my opinion, I do not believe that video games affect people, as I have had my fair share of video games. I have played violent and non-violent video games and noticed that I had no change in mindset, speech or actions. I have gathered news articles and studies that have improved my knowledge of video games. I now wish to share my intelligence with you.First of all, let’s talk about some of the good things about video games. A study by McMaster University showed that after 40 hours of playing the game “Medal of Honour”, people that had pre-existing eye conditions got their vision improved. The participants were all born with cataracts that were removed, their sight never went back to 100 percent, but after the 40 hours of game time (which took more than 3 weeks) the people came back with improved eyesight. The participants noticed improvement of detail and the perception of motion in normal and dark situations. Sadly researchers do not know why video games helped the situation, but they hypothesize that the games provided an adrenalin rush which created dopamines that mixed in with their focus, and that rewired their visual connections in the brain.Video games also have kids and adults learning all the time with new controls, fast-paced action and more. A few studies show that video games can lead to faster reflexes. “How?” you may ask, well let me explain. When you play a shooter, more and more enemies pop out of nowhere, therefore, leading you to quickly turn and attack them. Over time, this will lead you to have quick reflexes in the real world. Sadly, to all good things, must come to an end, now we will talk about the negatives of video games. A few years ago there was a study that randomly assigned 161 9-12-year-olds to play either a violent or non-violent video game. Once they all played, they were assigned to choose punishment levels applied to another person. Overall the kids that played a violent game applied a more strict punishment level than the kids that played a non-violent game. This study showed that some kids are more violent when they play violent video games. A study performed by the Université de Montréal shows that playing violent video games causes some users to lose grey matter in the brain. ‘Grey Matter’ is very important to your body, it includes some of the cells that are involved with muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control.

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