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  • Trollkitten - March 23, 2014 4:26 p.m.

    Actually, the study linked in "Health and Fitness" ( http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/us-exercise-video-games-kids-idUSBREA2D1AE20140314 ) specifically mentioned ACTIVE video games (as evidenced by its use of the Kintect), not all video games in general. Please correct this before someone much ruder comments on it. XD
  • sy-gower - March 22, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Regarding being exposed to cultures, I played Okami, loved it, the went and read up about Japanese mythology.
  • homestar99 - March 21, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    As satisfying and true as the list is, it will always be overshadowed by the fact that almost everyone over 40 believes that people who play games are serial rapists waiting to happen. Such as Jack Thompson and Micheal Atkinson, the former being an ex-bitchy lawyer who was fired for falsifying evidence against Rockstar and pretty much thought anything invented post 2000 was evil and the latter prevented the R18+ rating from happening in Australia for quite a while which is why so many games are either banned or censored there.
  • marcus-paul-bevan - March 22, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    I'm 43 years old, been playing since Pong, there are more of us out here playing than you think and I hardly think you're going to become a serial rapist or serial anything. Gamers are a tight knit band of people that enjoy the same hobby. While our taste in games may vary, we usually defend each other in times where we as a whole are being attacked by the media. My mother who is 69 years old is just now getting into Forza and any FPS she can. Just as I would never condemn you as a serial rapist for gaming, don't label me a n00b old fart because I'm over 40. I've loves games since childhood, my entire 3rd floor is dedicated to games and game consoles through the decades and they all get played still. One day when my son and daughter are old enough, they will get access to the 3rd floor "museum" as they call it, but at 8 and 10 they need to learn respect for the consoles and the games of today before I unleash them on antique systems. I look forward to the future of games and gamers and I hope my kids will be among them. If not I'll be an old fart playing Xbox3000 and the PS450Vita3Twobillion one day I hope. Keep and open mind, not all older people are dicks. Just the ones that never played a video game are a bit big on themselves, and to those bastards I say this in a nice early 80's term, "Eat Me!"
  • homestar99 - March 22, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    I said almost all. I'm well aware of a gaming crowd over the age of forty existing. I believe what I should've said is most politicians over forty and the people who follow them. I have respect for how gaming has moved forward. I make many argument starting comments by phrasing things incorrectly so let me clear this up. People with a high enough rank to be widely noticed when they bitch about it. They haven't actually played the games and they call them vile. I went for the age of forty 'cos that's usually the minimum age of a politician. To restate my statement, almost everyone with political power over the age of around forty thinks gamers are serial rapists waiting to happen. Like the aforementioned people in my previous comment. Or the idiots a Fox News during that retarded of a scandal with Mass Effect. I am in full agreement with your comment and hope to see more people like you.
  • marcus-paul-bevan - March 22, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    I understand your point 100%, these same people went after the music industry when I was a teen and twenty something (2 Live Crew anyone? LOL) And these people didnt understand the music back then, but then the music industry caves and we have labeling. The same can be said for the ESRB. Instead of fighting these jerks, the video game industry caves as well. It's because of the labels and the ease in which the companies gave in that created the stigma of gamers being rapists or mass shooters. There is no one with the guts to defend our hobby anymore. If I had my way, I'd be on every network that would have me telling them how moronic and wrong they are judging a game with out ever playing it. It's pathetic and sad, but we can only blame the makers of our beloved games and their lackluster attorneys for not fighting harder to give the industry a better image. Our conversation proves my point, we are two intelligent people that happen to be gamers that clarified a misunderstanding through dialog, no guns or hand grenades were used, more people need to understand gamers are actually smarter than 99% of the media and politicians out there. Keep Gaming my friend and Peace :)
  • derpinainreallife - March 23, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    Take solace in the fact that eventually people who have grown up playing games will comprise that over-40 crowd you're talking about.
  • patbateman17 - March 21, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    While I definitely feel that videogames are great for relieving stress, using a Dark Souls image is a cruel, cruel joke. Talk about one game that has me sitting forward, inching through every area just trying to survive. I love that game but I've taken an almost year long break after finally beating Ornstein and Smough. I totally forget how to play :) One of these days I'll step back in.
  • g1rldraco7 - March 20, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    Yep you learn all this from playing video games, yet most people think video games are bad.
  • shadowboy8456 - March 20, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    I really understand the meaning the teamwork. And really,it's the little things that you do. Battlefield will be my example. It could be reviving them, giving them health, or just simply crouching and uncrouching really fast...but no matter what,you know those guys have your back

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