Video Games Research Report

Here is a research report I made on video games:

Let’s all be honest with ourselves. Video games are enjoyable, whether or not you are a “gamer”. Based on research, I will explore the negative, as well as positive effects of video games, then the effect of FPS games. Video games have many sides, though, and I think you’ll be surprised what a little bit of research can uncover.


According to Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., video games get your heart racing, so you want to play more. But to do this, they fake danger (take any FPS game ever). The danger that the game is pretending exists tricks your brain into believing that there is true danger all around you. Survival mechanisms immediately kick in, changing the way a gamer acts, until the effect wears off.

Not only does excessive game playing give you a short temper and make you quick to anger, but it can be paired with muscle pains from bending over and hands stuck in one position for too long, as Web MD reported on October 19, 2009, in a post titled ‘Video Games May Cause Kids Pain’. Being inside and playing games can also give you a lack of Vitamin D, and make make gamers unsociable, mainly because the time used playing games is not used with friends and/or family. And unfortunately for many gamers, gaming is paired with junk food, so the stereotype is that gamers are overweight. There is, however another side of the story, that must be considered, before you make up your mind about gamers, gaming, and video games themselves.


Video games can positively impact your mood as well! Playing games with friends or family can greatly improve a game-player’s mood. When played a reasonable amount, and the right kind of game, they can also improve your social abilities, the reason for this being that many games have online or co-op options, allowing the gamer to meet, people, as well as playing with friends. The other reason, is that a lot of people can bond over talking about video games, and their achievements in those games, because after not seeing your friend over the weekend, For surgeons and other jobs that require exceptional hand-eye co-ordination, Penelope Trunk says, gamers are in a league of their own. Those who play video games a little bit each week are better at their jobs than the average person. This has been confirmed by Iowa State University, even though we’ve had previous test results from the Military and Air Force. Video games also dramatically help with mental rotation. Mental rotation is, according to Wikipedia, “the ability to rotate mental representations of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects as it is related to the visual representation of such rotation within the human mind.” I will add that some games and game modes inspire creativity, such as build a team/player on sports games, designing a car on racing games, etc.


One of the most popular types of games are first person shooter (FPS) games. Those kinds of games present risks. I said earlier that video games fake danger. They do. Especially FPS games. This helps the players’ reaction times and enables them to make good decisions faster. “It’s not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: They are just as accurate and also faster,” says Daphne Bavelier. “Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.”

Unfortunately, they can also makes them more accepting of violence. “In its July guideline on media violence, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that violent media set a poor example for kids. Video games, the academy noted, ‘should not use human or other living targets or award points for killing, because this teaches children to associate pleasure and success with their ability to cause pain and suffering to others.’”, CNN says. Finally, FPS and sometimes other games improve your vision. They enable you to pick up on small visual details faster than the average individual. In the words of National Geographic, “Playing ‘action’ video games [such as HALO, Call of Duty, Star Wars Battlefront, and a barrage of others (pun intended)] improves a visual ability crucial for tasks like reading and driving at night”


Video games can be bad and good. Bad if played irresponsibly or too often. They can also be fine for you if you play good games, and don’t overplay. Same goes for FPS games. Unfortunately though, FPS games can also be hazardous. Stay tuned for the post test research report, based on my own test findings!


“Are Video Games Bad For Me?”. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

Bavelier, Daphne. Your Brain On Video Games | Daphne Bavelier. TED. video.

Blank-Rochester, Alan. “Video Games Speed Up Reaction Time – Futurity”. Futurity. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

Laino, Charlene. “Video Games May Cause Kids Pain”. WebMD. N.p., 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

Scutti, Susan. “Do Video Games Lead To Violence?”. CNN. N.p., 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

“This Is Your Child’s Brain On Video Games”. Psychology Today. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

Trunk, Penelope. “Kids Who Play Video Games Do Better As Adults | Penelope Trunk Education”. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

“Video Games Improve Vision, Study Says”. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

“Wikepedia.Com”. N.p., 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.


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