Friday, March 10, 2017

Long Walk To Water

About a week ago we finished the book A Long Walk To Water. It was relatively short book, but it did have a lot of meaning in it. I was blown away by some of the things that happened in this book; such as when Salva's Uncle was shot. I was also very surprised when Salva met up with his father. There was also plenty of big themes in this book. Such as water is life, but the one that really stuck with me was taking life one step at a time. Overall it was an amazing book.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Video Game Misconception

Parker Lindsay
March, 7, 2017
Mr. Croy
1-3
The Video Game Misconception

Imagine that you were furious. What would you do? Would you punch a wall, bully someone smaller than you, or even injure someone. Yet instead of making those horrible decisions you could just play a video game. I am here to tell you that violent video games do not cause violence in children. I will do this by naming many reasons why video games do not cause violence. Such as sales of video games have increased; whilst the amount of crimes in teens have gone down significantly. Another is that violent video games allow teens and others to release stress and anger. I will finally mention is that most video game players know the difference between real life and a fictional world.
It is common knowledge that as the years have past the sales of video games have significantly gone up. Yet did you know that aggression and violence in kids have gone down as violent games such as For Honor and Resident Evil Biohazard have been released. Total US sales of video game hardware and software increased 204% from 1994 to 2014, reaching $13.1 billion in 2014, while violent crimes decreased 37% and murders by juveniles acting alone fell 76% in that same period. Other things such as physical fights between high schoolers have dropped down 49%. Video games sales have even been linked to continued decreases in aggravated assaults.
At this point we have proved that there has been decreases in crime; whilst the sales have gone up. Yet there still may be more of you non believers, so I just would like to say this. If anything violent video games are a way of releasing stress. A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that children, especially boys, play video games as a means of managing their emotions: "61.9% of boys played to 'help me relax,' 47.8% because 'it helps me forget my problems,' and 45.4% because 'it helps me get my anger out." This shows that many such as myself use video games as a way to let out anger not to produce it. The same study has also shown that many boys use games to make them feel powerful or rich even if they are not in the best position in life.
When you watch a movie you realize that the world inside the film is fictional. The same goes for kids, teens, and adults that play video games. By age seven children are able to understand the difference between fictional world and real life. Kids see fantasy violence all the in movies such as Harry Potter, and the Minions. Fantasy violence in video games is just like it in movies, but in games it is important to kids because it teaches us to problem solve, and deal with tough situations; instead of just watching it unfold like in movies.
Now you may be saying little children under the age of 7 will not understand the difference between reality and fantasy. You are right, but that is why the rating system is a thing. The ESRB rating system rates the games on what age the person playing them should be. Most if not all games that parents and others are complaining about such Grand Theft Auto, or Call of Duty are rated M. Games that are rated M are supposed to be played by people 17 or older. It is up to the parents to understand that they should not buy their kid a violent games until they are old enough, or the parents think the child is mature enough. If the kid is not old enough the parents could then instead by other games such as Mario and Legend of Zelda; which are rated E for everyone.
Those are just some of the many reasons why violent video games do not cause violence. Instead you should play video games to relieve stress. They also could you show important situations that could help you in real life. The sales of video games are rising; whilst the crime reports is decreasing. In the end it is not the video game's fault that a small amount of kids are violent. The fault lies in parents that let their kid play GTA5 or other M rated games at a young age.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Argument Hooks

For my argument I will have to write a hook. My topic is that violent video games do not make kids violent. Here are a few that I have came up with.

Rhetorical Question:

Do you play video games, or do you know someone that plays video games? Do you play violent games? Do they play violent games? If so would you consider yourself, or them violent?

Story:

Little Jimmy was mad. He had been made fun by Susie. He wanted to hurt her like in that movie he watched. Yet little Jimmy made the smart decision to release his stress, and anger in a healthy way. By playing video games.

Facts:
 In a study done in 2015 it was reported that children who played video games for less than an hour each day showed lower rates of aggression than children who did not play at all—even when the games in question were violent ones.

Imagine:

Imagine that you where mad. What would you do? Would you punch a wall, bully someone smaller then you, or even injure someone. Yet instead of making all of those horrible decisions you could make the smart decision. To play a game. You may ask why would you play a game. Well destroying all of those virtual character does not harm your well being, but it does relive stress.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Argument

For my class argument I have chosen to talk about how violent video games do not cause violence. I chose this topic because it affects personally. I play a good amount of video games and 80% have some sort of fighting aspect. I know that my friends and I are not influenced by video games to be violent. I will have to look up where most people get the information about people becoming violent.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hello World!

Hi i'm Parker and i'm a 7th grade student OHMS. I have a very small amount of knowledge of blogs. I also have no clue what to write about, so there is that. Are teacher is making us do this, and i'm a little interested. I am mostly going to fail at this, but good luck to me.