Answer by Patxi · Mar 23, 2011 at 07:18 PM
No it isn't a waste of time, unless you dedicate them 24/7 of your time and don't divide it w/ something else like school work, shores, work etc.
You can have fun in video games while having time to do other stuff if you manage your life well.
Answer by SignOff · Mar 23, 2011 at 07:37 PM
I think games like starcraft or warhammer (oooh, I LOVED that game. The game one, not the building of models. sorry.) that make you do tactical decisions are great for the brain because you are constantly trying to outwit the enemy and thinking through tactical decisions. I'd guess this could be classed as aspect of problem solving. A similair thought process at least and you need an ability to think on your feet when you're base is being blown to bits but you're sneakily setting up somewhere else to launch an attack when he thinks he's won (or she).
First person shooters are again good because they test your reflexes and an element of strategy is ivolved, you also learn teamwork if you get your headset on an communicate with the team. You are learning teamworking skills and communicating with people to win the game. I've seen teamworking in video games as an option on job applications.
On the other hand, i'm somewhat skeptical as to the nature of online role playing games to the impact on the brain because of the often repetitive nature of these games that leave you fighting the same thing and pressing the same keys for countless, unproductive hours and the added addictiveness of these games because of the time input needed to become 'the best'. Though doing castle sieges and going around in pk parties did require an element of strategy and teamwork in the old days when I played lineage 2 (mostly on private servers mind because I can't grind)
By y'know. Games need to be taken in moderation. Too much of any one thing is bad for you.
Answer by RH510 · Mar 23, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Personally, I don't believe it is. But I like games, I love them a ton so of course I'm going to say that. I think that most people will have opinions based on whether or not they like the games in the first place.
Having said that I have had those moments where I wish I wouldn't have spent those three hours playing Fallout 3 and done my physics homework.
Answer by catchatyou · Mar 23, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I love games, but I think that they do waste too much time if you allow it to do so. Saying that videogames waste time is like saying that guns kill people, or pencils (keyboards in this scenario) make typos.
People will always try to pass the blame on a different subject, as long as they aren't to blame.
Answer by Justin · Mar 23, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Not at all. Most of the time I'm playing online w/ friends, so it's not like I'm completely isolated.
The only time its a problem is when people make video games their priority, then it can become a huge problem.
Answer by Mattophobia · Mar 23, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Games are games. A form of fun recreation. They reduce stress and tend to be fun. That's the point of them, they don't teach much useful information or skills, some do by most don't. Most recreational activities are rather pointless, they're just fun. Unless you were playing games all the time and they're not effecting your work/school life, sure, what the hell.
Answer by Gorkon5567 · Mar 23, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Not at all. Everyone needs fun, senseless leisure activities to relieve stress, and video games are no different. Without the stress relief of gaming, I'd probably have snapped and killed someone by now :p