Video Games vs Books

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This article is all about how video games are way better than books. For the little ones reading this article, this is great for the ones that are told that books are way better than video games.

Introduction

I have been constantly told to always read a book, because of video games being very unhealthy of me. However, I really don't believe that, because it was wrong in almost every way. We have definitely evolved from books. We went from that to TV, and sadly, the people that tell me to read a book rather watches TV. (This will be another type of Pen vs Pencil article.) For the young ones out there that are being held back from having their entertainment to look at words, this article is definitely for you. I don't think that we went ahead to technology to call it stupid and stay many years back. As much as reading books as a kid is a good thing, this article will show all of the reasons how the book is worse than the video game, but also shows what makes it better.

Story

Majority of video games and books have the same purpose. To tell you the story. Therefore, the reason the game is better at it because it isn't like a movie, where you just keep watching til' the end. There is a little challenge to it before you can find out more about the story. When it comes to books, it all depends on how fast you can read and how well you can comprehend words. Sadly, you can figure out about the end of the story just by skipping all the way to the end. But in games, it depends on your skill level. If you are a newbie at games and going for a game like Dark Souls, you will definitely have a problem when it comes to progressing. I rather have my fingers and brain working rather than my eyes and just a little a bit of my fingers.

You get to see the picture.

When it comes to it, books are not the best idea to describe a character in your mind. Especially when you are trying to imagine a building in your mind. I may picture a huge temple with encarvements on it, while you just picture a tower. As of a person who wrote an novel, awaiting to be published, I do know that majority of my readers won't picture what I picture the characters. In video games, you know exactly what they look like, expect if they were only mentioned once, and ere given simple details and never seeing them in the game, then it is about on the same level as a book. Yet still better than the books, some stories in video games allows you to pick your own decisions to change up the story. As The Walking Dead game is a good example, most of the choices really won't have much effect. Its a lot better when the person who is making all the decisions is the one to change up the story from the original story.

Games are FUN

Compared to sitting in a silent room, reading, or having an adventure with flying demons and attempting to stop all of them from destroying Earth, games have a way to get the people hooked into the games easily. With games having a fun factor, playing games is pretty much more enjoyable, and after you manage to finish the story, some games allow the ability to play with other players that may or may not have played the campaign (You will find a lot of people on Call of Duty games that have not played the Campaign, even when the makers of Ghost noticed 40% played the campaign!). Some games allow you to play multiplayer the second you finish Campaign, which is a good idea, especially when people spoil the story around multiplayer.

Conclusion

Video games may not be perfect, but I still find them great. Their fun factor is so great, that some guy played Diablo III for 40 hours straight, and died from playing way too much. And since you still don't get any movement with the major parts of your bodies, books are also as guilty as the video games. We may be able to make certain technology where a video game requires us to physically move in order to really make any movement on the video game. So that would easily have bested out books in another level. You'll notice that I mention about the future and virtual reality a lot. Come on, don't you want to go sky diving without having the worry of dying? Or maybe, you want to go and explore the Moon, without the worry of being stuck in the middle of space, awaiting rescue. With me wanting to be in that situation, and being able to kill zombies without worry of death, that definitely bests out books!

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Book Club, Book Launch, Books By Katherine Valfentine, Books For Children, Books Published, Bookseller, Bookshop, Bookshops, Bookstore, Good Books, Good Video Games, Literature, Reading, Video Game, Video Game Review, Vocabulary

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Im just a random nomad writer. I can write an 700-word article in 15 minutes! Hopefully I can settle around in Wikinut, where I write articles that include anime, gaming, social stuff, etc etc.

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author avatar Butterfly38
14th Jun 2015 (#)

I love reading, but I do love y video games The only thing is when 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' came out on Xbox, I found myself stuck in a room full of crates, and 3years since I started, I'm stillstuck there!

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author avatar LivelyAurora
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Thats video game addiction for you.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Well just one question, why is your profile picture a smiling dick with smut on top of it???

I was an avid gamer who mad a living in the gaming industry playing games 40 hours a week and writing scripts. Any way that is part of my job as a scriptwriter.

Now for Butterfly 38 - learn to disengage your life from the crates by selling them, if you cannot well seek medical assistance as excessive gaming is a psychological ailment needing medical assistance. Any way butterflies can never fly high on pollen wings, they disintegrate, repair yourself before it happens.

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author avatar LivelyAurora
15th Jun 2015 (#)

Haha, I literally thought that others will definitely get what my profile pic was.
My profile picture is a real life variation of Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants.
The yellow stuff, and the picture together was a representation of my old name, Livelypopularssj. (lively face, popular character, and super saiyan hair. I find it funny when I put the hair, I hardly put any effort into it.)

Also, I have no addiction problems with video games. (as of now.) I used to find that the only thing to occupy my day, but I have noticed I don't exactly play games as much as I used to anymore.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
14th Jun 2015 (#)

Try Half Life and Serious Sam. And Diablo is btw, my favourite. Although Heretic in the past was a good game too.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jun 2015 (#)

I think it depends completely on the person. Some people prefer books while others like the video games best. There is nothing wrong with either as long as you have time for other things. Video games weren't around when I was a kid and i looked reading. I watch my grandchildren play video games and have even had a go myself but it's for young people and I'm pleased that they enjoy them. Although technology brings new things and changes, I think books will be around for a while yet. Blessings.

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author avatar LivelyAurora
15th Jun 2015 (#)

I do agree with you, Kingwell. Most of these articles with option 1 vs option 2, I actually accept all your opinions. Because I do know that everyone has different opinions and looks at things. I do see your point, where you rather read a book than play some video games. Technology has advanced so much that it doesn't even make sense at all!

Have a nice day.

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