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Brennen Lieske
3/30 Discussion
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:15pm
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As far as the issue paper goes I am strongly considering writing about the effects of video games, which is the same topic I chose for the annotated bibliography. This topic is quite a popular one to debate and many different people have had different outcomes in their experiments for the subject. Video games affect virtually the whole body including but not limited to the nervous system, reaction time, emotions, and spine and skeletal system. The topic would be easier and more convenient to write about than a new topic considering I have already done the research. I also believe it is widely applicable being that so many people play video games. I might possibly narrow the topic to the effects on just teens, or early childhood gaming to target a more specific audience. The argument here is whether gaming is beneficial to an individual, or harmful. The arguments that are pro-gaming are that they improve response time, improve oneís ability to switch tasks effectively, and help ones critical thinking and problem solving skills. The other side of the argument is that violent games ruin children and make them insensitive. Additionally they can make the child unmotivated and obsessive about playing, as well as negatively affecting their eyes and posture. It seems that people in the medical field and neurosciences say that gaming is a good form of stimulation that exercises parts of the brain that other tasks donít. The majority of people who say gaming is bad tend to be professors, parents, or freelance journalists. This topic would be quite easy to write about because of the fact that Iím in college and I donít play video games anymore, so I find it quite fun to do research in this area. If memory serves me well, Mr. Bates stated that we would have to ask him if we could use the same topic for both papers so therefore I will do that. A challenge that I foresee for this paper is being able to stay completely unbiased throughout the writing process so my readers can form their own opinion on the topic.

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