Thursday, May 3, 2007

Research Paper outline

Attn Getter: Tanya Jessen had never been compelled to lose weight in her life until DDR came around, which is a video game where you dance on a dance pad. After playing months of DDR, Tanya had gone from 235 pounds all the way down to 145 pounds.

Preview: Tanya Jessen loses 90 lbs with DDR, 10 people in Korea make $100,000 yearly playing video games, people who play Gears of War have better visual skills and make decisions 85% faster, John Muhammed and Lee Boyd Halvo played Halo switched to God Mode to train for a school shooting. Orzack says about 40% of WoW players are addicted.

Thesis: The negative and positive effects of video games and how video games influence people is a hotly debated topic

Body 1: People play for pay and make a living off playing video games. Mr. Leto, who is known as the world's greatest Halo player, won $20,000 as a top prize in Seoul, South Korea at the world finals. Mr. Munoz's league awarded $500,000 in prizes in 2004 and expected to at least double that amount in 2005. More than 1000 kids from South Korea already make a living playing video games and 10 of them are making more than $100,000 a year. People of all ages benifit with exercise. Konami made a virtual boxing video game where people will benifit by losing weight. People at the Virginia Retirement community often have wii parties and wii bowling contests. Mickey DeLorenzo shocked the world when he lost 9 pounds by just adding playing the Wii sports game for 30 mins to his schedule for six weeks. People are losing weight playing DDR, an example is Tanya Jessen who had gone from 235 pounds to 145 pounds with playing DDR. Schools are buying into exergaming because it sells and kids enjoy. Some schools even have DDR during gym class where students can break a major sweat.

Body 2: People who play certain games like Guitar Hero can rapidly process visual information faster and better than when they didn't play games with fast flying objects. They also can enhance their timing and coordination on things. Studies from Daphne Bavelier, a Ph.D from the University of Rochester, show that people who play Gears of War, a first person futuristic shooter for the XBox 360, have better visual skills and make decisions 85% faster than nongamers. An Iowa State University study found that Laparoscopic surgeons who played Super Monkey Ball on Gamecube, which is a game where you move a ball through a series of platforms, made 37% less errors and were 27% faster at completing the task.

Body 3: Violence in video games can lead to violent criminal acts. The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama reported in 2005 that Devin Thompson, a 19 year old, had killed two policemen and an emergency dispatcher in Fayette, Alabama. His act mirrored scenes from Grand Theft Auto, which is a game where you escape from and kills cops, steal cars, and can even go onto a massive massacre. He played this game for hours day after day and after Thompson was apprehended he said, "Life is a video game. You've got to die sometime." School Shootings from the Columbine Massacre to Paducah, KY show that John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo trained on a game called Halo switched to God Mode to suppress their inhibition to kill. An 11 year old boy tried taking over his middle school in Wellsboro, Pa. while wearing a red bandana after playing a lot of Metal Gear Solid, where the main character also wore a red bandana.

Body 4: Role Playing games like Sims, Everquest, and WoW have an accumulative total number of fans in the millions. Orzack said she hears from people every day who wandered so far into these virtual worlds that they can no longer find the exit. Majority of Gaming addictions come from MMORPG's. WoW has about 6.5 million player worldwide that pay 15 dollars a month to play. Some play even when they can't spare an hour. Orzack says that about 40% of WoW players are addicted and that some WoW players love for the game border around the unhealthy. Hitchcook, a US Air Force Staff Sergeant, used to play WoW around 10 hours a day and has now brought it down to 4 or 5 hours a day. He would stay up late, take leave, not answer the phone, tell friends he was sick, even skip meals just to play WoW. His wife divorced him in 2003 because of his addiction but then later got back with him after he started to get his addiction somewhat under control.

Body 5: opinion paragraph, do not worry yet


Thesis: How video games influence people and what the negatives and positives of video games do to people is a hotly debated topic.

Review: Tanya Jessen loses 90 lbs with DDR, 10 people in Korea make $100,000 yearly playing video games, people who play Gears of War have better visual skills and make decisions 85% faster, John Muhammed and Lee Boyd Halvo played Halo switched to God Mode to train for a school shooting. Orzack says about 40% of WoW players are addicted.

Closer: Many people think video games only have negative effects, but a study showed that people who played Gears of War had better visual skills and made decisions 85% faster than those who didn't play Gears of War.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Annotated Bibliography 10

Authors at the Michigan Chronicle believe that violent video games trigger violent and aggressive acts in teenagers. Reports show that violent video games may cause gamers to pull off violent acts. One example of this was Devin Thompson who would play a game called Grand Theft Auto for hours where a person kills people and cops and steals cars. He had killed two police officers and an emergency dispatcher in Alabama when he claimed life is a video game, you've got to die sometime. Many reported shootings and violence in schools may also have been caused partly by video games. One example of this is from a Middle school in Wellsboro, PA, where a youth played Metal Gear Solid for hours and then came to school one day with a red headband ( just like the main character ) and tried to takeover the school. Reports also say the new game Bully has startling similarities between it and the Columbine Rampage. This article can relate to the article that talks briefly about gears of war. Both talk about violence, but the Gears of War one talks about how it can improve your eyesight and this one talks about how it can cause agression and violence in people. This article supports my topic because it shows the negative side about games and gives arguments against people who say games can be good.

Annotated Bibliography 9

The authors at the Boston Globe suggests to video gamers, mostly MMORPG players, that can become very addicting. Maressa Orzack can relate to this addiction, but she thought that she was able to get away from it easier because her addiction was only to computer solitaire, while people now are addicted to MMORPGs. She now helps people to try and control there addictions, mainly to the game known as World of Warcraft or WoW. People would play around 5 to 10 hours a day when they had time or even when they didn't. Also, most people would lie and tell there friends they aren't sick or wouldn't even answer the phone when it rang because they got so into the game. Some people just started playing normally and then they entered a virtually reality world where there is no visible exit. This article can relate to the fellowship of the Online Gamers article because it talks about how people play MMORPGs, but this article mainly focuses on the adiction that can follow gameplay. This article supports my topic because it gives me the other side of video games, the negatives.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotated Bibliography 8

Authors at Doc News suggest that people who play active exercising games like DDR will lose a significant amount of weight after a couple of months. There are many stories out there that show real hand accounts of people who played DDR and had lost around 60 or so pounds. This article suggest that many people love this way of exercising because it is a video game and many people love to play video games. Also, DDR serves as a great source for obese kids to get their exercise. This article also explains how people are not just playing DDR at home, but they are now playing DDR at schools because it is such a great exercise tool. This article suggests that many schools will or already have jumped on the bandwagon of playing DDR. This article can relate to the other article that talks about exercising with DDR and the 4th graders. Both articles talk about how people exercise with video games, mostly DDR, and how DDR is starting to be used in school as an exercise source. This article supports my topic because it tells about how people have gained things by playing video games.

Annotated Bibliography 7

The authors at the Chicago Tribune suggest hat playing video games can improve a surgeons performance during surgery. Studies shown from one of the top experts on the effects of video games, Douglas Gentile, show that video games like Super Monkey ball can help surgeons complete there surgery 27% faster and make 37% less errors. Gentile believes that it would be a good idea, and wouldn't be surprised, if surgeons started training for surgery by use of video games. Gentile believes that they could create a game that has 100 different bodies where 50 of them have the most common complications and the other 50 have the most common errors. This article can be directly related to the article that talks about the three video games and how they can improve peoples actions. The reason that it can be related is because they show the same information from the game Super Monkey Ball. This work supports my topic because it shows how surgeons can benefit from video games, which is a positive of video games.

Annotated Bibliography 6

The authors at the Christian Science Monitor comment to people who play Massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) that they may not be so bad. Many people out there have nothing to do simply because they live in a small town, so MMORPG's are a great way to kill time. a positive side about MMORPG's is that they can create online friendships between people across the globe. Thousands of people across the globe play MMORPG's where people can build trust in each other and obtain a certain goal. These games are not just good to make friends but some of the more action one improve your visual concepts. Studies at the University of Rochester New York suggest that action video games can help people visualize objects faster and better than people who do not play action packed video games. This article can relate to the article that talks about the 3 games that can help your brain a little better. The main similarity between the two articles is that they both talk somewhat on how video games can improve your visual concepts. This article supports my topic because it shows some positive sides of video games.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotated Bibliography 5

Matt Bean, the author from Men's Health, explains how surgeons, neuroscientists, and NASCAR racer use video games to boost their brains. Studies suggest that habitual players of the first person shooter game Gears of War have better visual skills and make decisions 85% faster. Daphne Bavelier suggests that you could read a newspaper, recognize a scene, or even pick facial features faster in a picture. An Iowa State study showed that when surgeons played the game Super Monkey Ball, which is when you have to roll a ball through a series of platforms, they made 37% fewer errors and were 27% faster. Another study from the University of Wisconsin suggests that playing Guitar Hero 2 can enhance your motor skills and timing and coordination. It also helps people rapidly process visual information because of the speed that the bars move at. This article can relate to the article about how action packed games can enhance your visual skills. Both of these articles are related in that they both talk about how game can improve peoples minds and visual skills. This article supports my topic because it talks about how games can boost your brain, which is a positive about video games.