Those who are wary of video games and fear their consequences on their children’s brains have many legitimate reasons to feel so. However, truth has many faces. One of the facts is that the sector of video games has become a global economy worth hundreds of billions of dollars. And, in this economy, is a large international community comprising mostly children, who communicate with each other and spend their time in an exciting environment every day. Sometimes, more than a million people are involved in one game, at the same time.
For those who are worried about the ill effects of video games, a complete ban on them appears to be an easy solution. However, is it possible to achieve it? And is it possible to ignore the side effects of such a method? In 2019, the Indian government tried to prohibit one of the most popular online games of that time. Consequently, people bypassed the ban and got their way. Officials soon discovered that only a small group of people adhered to the ban.
A series of violent incidents in the American states of Texas and Ohio, and the Canadian province of British Columbia triggered a widespread debate about the impact of video games in perpetuating a culture of violence and increasing the crime rate. However, those in favour of banning video games could not convince anyone that their solution was ultimate.
Games have become a part of our daily life. They accompany us on our travels. And for those who practise it daily, it is hard to imagine travelling to a country that bans games. So what does that mean?
Let’s look at it from the perspective of tourism economy. Any country that seeks to attract large numbers of tourists must offer them something to stay for as long as possible. In the case of family tourism, the wishes of children must be taken into account. They are usually the most influential factor in deciding the family’s travel destination.
The child might refuse to travel to a country where he cannot play his or her favorite game. Parents would refuse to travel to a country where their children do not enjoy their time. At the same time, it is difficult to let the children loose. Surely, there are formulas and solutions that can maximize the fun from playing games while minimiSing the resulting risks. Parents have a vital role in this to closely monitor their children and communicate with them. They could even use parental control methods available in the games.
Reaching optimal solutions requires keeping the topic open to discussion, taking a holistic approach in addressing the issue and taking into account the multiple sides of reality.