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The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

Video games are a waste of time

I like playing the new Madden 2013 just as much as the next guy, but I’m here to tell you that as a college student, you might not want to be that video game nerd you were in high school anymore.

Now I don’t mean to offend any die hard World of Warcraft lovers or zombie apocalypse enthusiasts but I just don’t see the allure of video games, being a college student.

There are arguments out there that it stimulates brain activity and problem-solving techniques, but I just don’t really care. They are a waste of time for college students and that’s what I’m sticking to.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen or heard of students taking a “study break” and playing Call of Duty or Madden or some other game that turns into an epic marathon for four hours, and then say, “Oh damn, I forgot to study for that exam thats 20% of my grade at 9 a.m. tomorrow.”

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Do your homework, go do something outside or find a friend to go mini golfing. Anything other than wasting your life away behind a controller exercising your thumbs.

Do you know that you can die from logging in too many hours of video games? Yeah it’s true. Calling shenanigans on that statement?

According to the Huffington Post, earlier this year an 18 year old in Taiwan named Chuang logged 40 straight hours of “Diablo III” without eating.

He ended up passing away at a later time, in which the cause of death was expected to be a blood clot from sitting in the same spot for too long.

Don’t sit in the same spot for 40 hours and get a blood clot. Stop playing video games. I guess this is just something that I think, but I am 21 years old, I feel like video games are for middle schoolers and high schoolers. I sold both my PS2 and XBOX 360 so I could pay my bills a little easier, and to buy books for school.

I am not torn up by that at all, but some people would rather give up their left arm than give up their precious video games. It’s a waste of time.

Oh, and another thing, these video games are ridiculously expensive. Most video games these days that are new run you anywhere from $50-$60. You could do so many other things with that kind of money that would be more beneficial:

– Put it in the bank for things like rent, cable or internet.

– Go buy food. $50 can get you at least two weeks worth of food for your house if you don’t eat seven times a day.

– Treat your car to a much needed oil change.

All of these things can be beneficial to you, instead of wasting your money on something that can not really help you out in any way whatsoever.

College is important enough that you should be able to find something to do with your classes while balancing an off campus job or some other extracurricular without having to waste your precious time playing video games, and if you do have a lot of free time on your hands, study some more, or be social and hang out with some friends.

College is too important and goes by way too fast to play video games.

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