Every child has the right to play…video games

Article 31 – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

‘Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’

Many critics argue that video games are bad for children. Though there are others who are avid supporters of video games and its importance in the development of a child. Many games are especially designed to develop certain skills; strategy, math, rational and critical thinking and so on. Gabe Zichermann argues that it strengthens children’s decision making skills and gives them impressive multi-tasking skills which go beyond hand-eye coordination.

Some parents of kids with Attention Deficit Disorder have even said that their kids could only focus on video games for a long period of time and nothing else. This has the potential to help kids concentrate on other things through video games, for example with a proliferation of games, there are many educational games targeted at children which can assist them with their school work. Yet, Dr. Christopher Lucas from NYU has stated that it doesn’t teach kids the right kind of attention skills. The debate on whether video games are good or bad for kids continues…

As mentioned by some of our team members, once upon a time, playing video games meant being at home, with a controller attached to a console attached to a TV.

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Nowadays, video games can be played in many different ways, the Wii was an innovation in motion sensing through a controller, which wasn’t attached to a console, so it gave you freedom of movement. The Kinect was a step up, as you can use your whole body to play games rather than through a controller.

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Yet, the most popular platform for gaming is mobile phones. Almost everyone in the developed and emerging world has a smart phone, on which millions of apps can be downloaded. There are thousands of games catered for different interests which has contributed to the development of mobile gaming. It is easily accessible and easily affordable. This is why many parents download suitable apps for their children to play on their phones and tablets and many game developers make their games specifically for this market.

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On international children’s day, we would like to say that we believe that every child has the right to play and we hope that every child will have access to video games suitable for them to aid them in their development.

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We hope that children will enjoy playing Wizzard Race!

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