Video Games


The growth of media has had an important role in the lives of children, especially in terms of a child’s physical and mental health. In this video Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, comments on media as a force that affects child development, health, and behavior. Paying particular attention to TV, movies, music, and video games, Rich offers perspective on common concerns over media and suggests ways to avoid the media’s negative effects. He also explains that video games are the best teaching tool we have in the sense that the players are being exposed to situations people and concepts the same way as in television and movies, but at the same time you are an active player in the game and you drive the narrative and make decisions and choices and moves that changes the direction of what goes on. It is a virtual reality where the player gets immersed on an environment and is asked by the game to behave in certain ways and if you do it well you get rewarded and if you do it badly you get punished, so it helps build people‚Äôs behavior. It will help you understand how to do it, it is content driven, unfortunately the most popular games are violent video games. This goes hand-on-hand with what Ian Bogost and Jane McGonigal believe about video games. They both expand on their beliefs that video games can serve as a important tool to teach and eventually change the world.


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