Skip to comments.Game skills pay off in real life
Posted on 05/11/2005 3:07:30 AM PDT by qam1
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My 17 year old plays video games in the room right next to the room where my computer is, so I can hear him when he's playing.
1. Games like Splinter Cell and Halo, when played interactively with other players, seems to count much on communication skills with the other plays, and also emphasizes leadership skills. Somebody has to take charge and organize the mission.
2. The hand/eye dexterity for some games is amazing (he's playing a racing game lately...Forza Motorsports) and when my husband and I tried it, we were failures because the controls are so sensitive.
3. DDR is the best thing to come along for exercise, but also for coordination. Complicated routines have to be doing something for your brain. Seeing the screen images and immediately translating them into moves at a rapid pace is complicated. I tell my son he's developing "eye/foot" coordination, LOL. (part I like least about this game is that it sounds like there's a herd of elephants in the game room.)
And my one final take on video games. I don't understand what the big deal is for people that say their kids are spending too much time on them.
My kid goes to school, comes home, does homework, practices piano, does his chores, and then spends his free evenings (2 nights he goes to youth group at church), so 3 nights a week playing video games.
He watches NO TV, because he's playing the games. I'd much rather have him playing the video game than watching TV. Just my 2 cents.
Other than structured time at school and 2 nights in a youth group setting, your kid sounds like a loner without personal friends to spend time and bond with. Just my 2 cents.
You sure did make a snap judgement on the simple statement that he plays video games 3 nights a week.
I guess I didn't mention the fact that there are kids playing in the same room with him. Neighborhood kids, cousins, kids that drive over. Sometimes they play 4 controllers at a time.
I also didn't mention the fact that he and his friends have "halo" parties where they set up the house with four different TV's in varios locations with xbox's, and 20 of them will play xbox all night long.
Or that on weekends, he doesn't play video games, but is gone off with his friends to movies etc.
All my nephew does is play video games and he weighs 200 pounds in the eighth grade, with no social skills or ambition that I can detect. Which is cause and which is effect? I can't really say. I just find this hard to believe.
I always thought that video games would be benefiical for something......
If only the kids would stop playing the things, haven't seen them in years!!!
Buy him a DDR game. He'll lose weight.
Seriously though, it's not playing the games that makes them gain weight, it's what they eat.
My son is 6'1" and only weighs 140, wish we could put some weight on him. His dad has him working out on gym equipment and he seems to be gaining muscle, but he's still skinny. But he doesn't have an appetite for snacks.
Eats his meals and that's it.
I wish I was your son.
Hey now. This is interesting.
Using games as a learning tool is supposed to be a new idea? Talk about an article about nothing. Games and simulations have been tried and true learning methods for years now. Doesn't mean playing doom or quake or grand theft auto is going to teach you anything useful, though.
My buddy's little brother was like that. Fat little video game player. We thought he'd never get a girlfriend, but eventually, after he became a hairy stoner, he hooked up. And meanwhile he took his tinkering skills to college, got some tech skills and got himself a job at Sony. Made a pile of money, decided he wanted to be a pilot, and now he's flying planes down in south jersey. you never know how they'll turn out. Oh, by the way, my old buddy, his older brother? He's an out of work divorced disc jockey. go figuree.
I have to tell you. I'm 48 and I'm addicted to Forza Motorsport. There are a lot of us Gamer Geezers out here.
It's true. Playing Max Payne has taught me that when business deals start going south, a Desert Eagle or an MP5 will put everything right in short order.
...and during any business presentation, the grenade launcher is your FRIEND.
Also, a sniper rifle equipped with a laser sight makes a much bolder statement than some bland laser pointer made to look like an ink pen.
Woohoo!! LAN parties - several of my friends and I get together on a regular basis to play Delta Force - much more fun running cooperative missions with a live squad than trying to run the same mission alone.
Nah...all I needed was a hammer, a screwdriver and a lot of duct tape. When did you serve?
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