Games bench with James Lynch: Video games can be good for you, too

Sometimes the world needs to hear thoughts about games from James.


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You have to work with others if you want to win in 2k21, also rip Kobe.

James Lynch, JHT Staff Writer

Many parents believe that video games do nothing except waste their children’s time and teach them to do bad things. But there’s another viewpoint: Video games teach valuable lessons, too. Over the years thousands, even millions of video games have been released to the public, with more being tested and made as we speak. So let’s find the positives.

Popular video games like Among Us and 2k sports games are great examples of the positivity video games bring us. The new favored game, Among Us (which Savian reviewed in the Arts & Culture section) is a game where there is an imposter trying to sabotage the popular crew without getting pointed out or caught by anyone. It’s basically social life in middle school. NBA 2k21 is a game that shows us teamwork, because you play basketball with strangers online. You must work with the people provided and get the win, no matter who those people are. 

Well, you’re probably thinking it’s different with shooter games like Call of Duty and Fortnite, but believe it or not, those games also have positive aspects. These shooter games show you to always watch your surroundings in case someone is following you. Then there’s games like Subway Surfer, which has a lot of meaning behind it. That game was made by a father whose son was killed skateboarding on a railroad track.

Even though parents may think video games are dumb, they give us good real-world tips and positive advice, like be careful who you trust, always watch your surroundings and work together to win. So no matter how many times your parents think video games don’t make you smarter, make sure you let them know how they actually do help. Or make them read this story.