Thursday, May 3, 2007

Research Paper outline

Intro:
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

Conclusion:

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.

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