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A form of entertainment that's the centre of controversy but is now also a significant part of a lot of people's lives. Video games have come a long way from the early days. However, some might feel that isn't a good thing.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Advanced graphics They were better when 8-bit or 16-bit.
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3 They became scapegoats The "experts" blame them for EVERYTHING!
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4 They became "cool" It's too much when even your parents like them!
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5 DLC Turning a toy into a vending machine
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6 No sense of reality People won't interact with the real world
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7 Too repetitive Stomping on goombas was fun the first 100 times...
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8 Hackers Use tactics to cheat
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9 Graphics determines the game. Because as long as it's pretty, it doesn't matte
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10 2000s Stupid Online Gaming
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11 Game Reviewing Sites (IGN/GS) Developer ass-kissing, biased reviews and ratings.
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12 1984 - when I turned 17 and decided they were immature
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13 Social Justice Narratives Feminism and PC themes invade gaming
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14 Spike VGAs Not necessary, a joke, and the popular games win.
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15 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 While I am more partial to old school video games, I find that there are gems in every generation. I have been gaming since the Atari era and will continue to do so until the day I die! Never boned! -- Submitted By: (TomPettyFan) on September 13, 2018, 2:03 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I don't go for the ultra violent "games" that are out right now. Yet so many do. They wait in long lines to buy one of these "games." Note that the word games is in quotation marks. I really can't see them as being actual games, just ultra violent movies you control yourself. Is it me or do they seem to only advertise "games" that are rated M? -- Submitted By: (JayD) on October 30, 2013, 6:54 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I think the "no sense of reality" thing means more so that people are unable to connect with reality, stuck in their own fantasy world, instead of doing things they need to do: pay taxes, do chores, etc. But I agree with you saying how reality sucks and VGs are a great break. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 8, 2013, 10:07 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Whoever made the reason of "No sense of Reality" kinda needs to realize that like books and movies. Games are meant to take you out of reality and help you do things so you don't have to do it in reality. You keep telling people that they need to go out more or you take their violence in video games away. Then they'll do what they think is appropriate by shooting up a building or killing some people thinking they'll respawn. Because it actually happened. And besides, Reality is a horrid place on it's own simply because things really happen. Whereas in Video Games, you have the control. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on October 6, 2013, 3:20 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I miss coin-op arcades. Although, I guess parents everywhere are glad they don't have to keep dishing out quarters. Some of those games, there was just no way one quarter was going to work. pelirojo, while Pong may have been topped it is still and will always be the king. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 11, 2011, 5:08 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I agree fully that the 16-bit era was the golden age of video gaming. You had amazing graphics, good gameplay, intricate storylines, and improved music and sound. It was a sad day when the 16-bit era came to an end. The Playstation and N64 era were strange to me at first: suddenly, everything was in 3D, and almost nothing looked like the classics I grew up with. However, I adapted, and years later, the PS2 and GC were released. Those systems still had good games, and though they were awesome in their own right, they could never capture the magic of the 16-bit era. I don't know how to vote. Though it was the 16-bit era in which video games were at their peak, video games today are still awesome. Plus, you can go back to your Super Nintendo today...if you didn't sell it in a garage sale. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 11, 2011, 2:22 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I'm old enough to remember playing Pong in the local Holiday Inn lounge when it first came out and thinking that nothing could top it! LOL -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on August 10, 2011, 3:07 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 After putting some thought into it, I've decided that video games peaked at the 16-bit era. You could finally have colorful and detailed sprites, intricate music, and a sparing amount of digitized speech. Also by that time most games had implemented continues, game saves, and actual game endings. (Most 8-bit games didn't and are frustrating in retrospect because of it.) After that time, games just got too complicated: Every game becoming polygon based 3D, too many buttons and difficult controls, too many talky cinema scenes, etc. And don't even get me started on DLC. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on August 5, 2011, 9:52 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 There's one double standard in Video games that I don't get is. It's considered sexist to have the protagonist rescue his girlfriend, the princess or another female character that is a damsel in distress. That's fine as, well, it is sexist and I can see how Girls and Women would find it annoying and it could seem as though they're often excluded from the adventure based on nothing more then gender. The double standard is how often the protagonists parents/guardians are killed off or imprisoned in one way or another. Now, I know this a common theme in story telling if not one of the most common. I understand that revenge/justice is an easy way to motivate the protagonist on his or her quest and/or a way to motivate them to become a hero in the first place. However, I find myself questioning if that theme is risking alienating gamers that are old enough to be parents in the same way the damsels in distress was alienating potential female players. With the average age of gamers being well into adulthood with plenty of families where the parents play games almost if not just as much as the kids do, I'm surprised that this hasn't become an issue. Then again, with the theme being old as story telling itself, perhaps people are simply used to it and thus, don't let it bother them too much. Am I the only one that has wondered about this? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on August 5, 2011, 11:42 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Even if they were to prove that video games cause violent behaviour in *some* people, I think the response should be the same as with friends that are a bad influence. That being, if video games are influencing your child(ren) in a negative way then don't let them play video games. Likewise, if you're an adult and you're finding that videogames are having a bad influence on your behaviour and/or having a negative impact on your life then don't play them and/or only play the ones you consider to be safe. If you a games or games because of the violence, the characters or dislike it because perhaps based on your belief system (whether we're talking religious beliefs or personal moral beliefs) where a game contradicts said beliefs or dislike a game or games for another reason then don't play that game or those games. Just as we should be free to not watch or play something, we should be free to watch or play something provided said thing isn't illegal in some way. As others have said, when it comes to anything that can be a bad influence, it's our job as parents or parental figures to educate the younger generations in a positive way as to prevent said thing from having a negative impact on them. Someone else suggested that rather then banning violent games and/or resorting to other forms of censorship that it might be better to make it harder for kids to get a hold of games or to watch TV shows and movies with content that may be inappropriate for them. I tend to agree with this point of view. We need to stop expecting the government to raise our kids for us and to start being responsible adults. If someone doesn't want their kids playing a certain game then fine, don't let them play it. But don't ruin it for everyone else that wants to play it and/or is fine with their kids playing it. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on January 3, 2011, 7:12 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I bet house moms, soccers moms, and people like Jack Thompson are the same people who sue McDonalds for making their kids fat and had their kids wears xylophone helmets. Let me guess, they don't kids play Super Mario games either because they scared that they jumping between buildings and bumping their heads into a plie of bricks and throwing fire at people right? Parents suppose to teach them whats real or fanasty, check the rating of the games, not be lazy depending on the govenment for everything and be big brother on us. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on January 3, 2011, 5:51 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 @cartooner - Yeah. It ticks me off when loudmouths like Jack Thompson and other self-proclaimed "experts" insist that violence in video games lead to real-life violence. Something as ridiculous as that sounds more like the rantings of a parent who refuses to take responsibility for their failures as a parent. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on January 3, 2011, 1:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Also, travoltron, I prefer the older games to the newer ones, where you don't have to hit a certain set of buttons 15 times just to do a juke around a defender, or not have to do that to deke and then shoot a wrister by a goalie. I'm probably one of those who buy the older games in that discount bin -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on January 3, 2011, 12:36 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 They do it for the brownie points. They could blame non-existent or uncaring parents, but since it's the newer, more fangled, and violent thing, video games (and certain genres of music, tv shows, and movies) are an EASY target. Them house frau's and "activists" who probably never spent a day of their kids lives with them can get more easily outraged with that stuff. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on January 3, 2011, 12:32 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 One thing that I've always found annoying about modern video games doesn't even have to do with the games themselves, but rather how "experts" (like Jack Thompson and house moms) think that they're the reason for kids doing bad things. I want to say that I've played some adult games when I was younger, and I haven't killed anyone. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on January 3, 2011, 2:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 I agree with what you said about sports games, reselling the same crap every year but with the current year in the title. Yet people do seem to buy them. They COULD just make one game and have you upgrade the team roster via DLC. And TO ALL 2ND-HAND SHOP OWNERS: There is NO resale value on old sports games! I'm tired of going into a shop and seeing a pile of unsold Madden Football games from years gone buy. NOBODY WANTS THESE! Just throw them in the garbage if they're disk-based games or take them to a PC recycling shop if they're old cartridges. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on January 2, 2011, 10:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I am a retro gamer, I can't stand what happened to games today. they are the same formula used over and over again. A faceless ww2 soldier shooting nazi's, wow how original! Then we got the same sports games released year after year, and OH NO!!!! A child shot up his school! VIDEOGAMES ARE THE DEVIL!!!!! I am sick of wasting money of terrible games that are rip-offs of the same thing I played fourty times already and most of the games suck today. The other games are useless sequels which are the same damn game again! -- Submitted By: (Mr.Zimpy) on January 2, 2011, 7:34 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
18 I was a huge gamer back in the day, but not to the point kids are today. When I played games, it was a diversion with friends for an hour, maybe 2, to kill some time during summer vacation or Christmas break. Now, kids play games ALL DAY LONG and never go outside, exercise, or have real life friends besides those they meet through playing their games. I feel it's definitely one of the major causes of the rising rate of obesity, yet it doesn't seem to get the same flack that candy, soda and fast food companies do. Sure, video games get flack, but more for the violence factor, not the obesity one. Then again, the gaming culture was a lot different in the 80s and 90s. Arcades were still popular and it was cool to go to an arcade, challenge people, drink some big gulps and eat some pizza, and maybe make a few new friends or having your friends over and playing 2 player games on the Genesis or SNES. Now it's more an activity done alone in your own home with "cyber" friends. Games back in the day had more variety. Now it's just WoW type games or first-person shooters. And like previous posters, 3-D games make me sick... So yes, I think video games have boned, probably around the time the WII and XBox 360 came out, so early to mid 2000s. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 12, 2010, 2:57 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 Not only is it true that video games boned the fish, but it's quite obvious. By voting that it didn't bone the fish, you're an idiot or ignorant person who THINKS he's entitled to his opinion. But I say your opinion is WRONG. -- Submitted By: (Marcus) on January 10, 2010, 11:53 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 Video games boned when people started only playing them and doing nothing else. Get out of your house and get some exercise, sunshine, and fresh air already! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 30, 2009, 9:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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