Video Games do not Deserve a bad Stigma

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Andrew Tran, Reporter

The topic of video games has been a controversial topic and continues to be one to this day. Many believe that video games may have negative effects on people. This is an interesting assumption because that same assumption was made about books and novels as well, when those were first introduced. This topic has been brought up time and time again during incidents where the media is even remotely involved.

 

One example of this is the infamous Slender Man Stabbing incident, where on May 31, 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls lured their mutual best friend into the woods. From here, they proceeded to stab her 19 times in an attempt to satisfy the fictional character, Slender Man. The fictional character Slender Man first surfaced online in 2009 during a Photoshop paranormal contest, but he is mainly known from the game Slender: The Eight Pages.

 

After this incident, many media outlets put a negative image unto video-games. Russell Jack, the Waukesha Police Chief painted this picture of the internet as a “black hole with the ability to expose children to a more sinister world.” It’s statements such as this that give the internet a false stereotype about it. The main problem about statements like these is that it is true, but only to a certain extent. Of course, it’s true that with something as vast as the internet, there are areas of it where the dark seeps through, but at the end that is only a small part of the whole.

 

Even when the inevitable happens and people become exposed to the darker sides of the internet, that doesn’t mean that they listen to it. The majority of people just ignore it and move on with their lives. Some studies have even shown that the internet provides an upper hand advantage in communication, knowledge, response time, and even hand-eye coordination; so the internet isn’t all bad, but it’s all just based on what we experience from it.