Are Video Games Associated With Problem Behaviors?
I play lots of video games. I always have. Ever since I was five-years-old video games have been intricately tied to my social development. I started conversations with peers about how far they could get in Sonic 2. I built one of my most enduring relationships on a trade I made for Mortal Kombat 2. My brother and I bonded while taking down the despicable Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time. My Dad taught me that blowing in the Super Mario Bros. 3 cartridge could get it to work.
And just today I popped in Donkey Kong Country Returns for some multiplayer platforming action. The point being that, in my experience, video games have been a tool for bringing people together. What was more important to my happiness today, shaking the Wii Remote to blow out some candles or sharing a laugh with some of my closest friends after shouting “GET ON THE F**KING WHALE!”?
It was the laughs.