PTE Academic Writing Sample Essay- Advantages & Disadvantages Of Video Games


Computers have become an integral part of our lives and our homes. This has given children an easy access to video games and a lot of them play them all the time.

Discuss Advantages & disadvantages of playing video games and minimizing the bad effects?

Complete the topic within 20 minutes. Write a 200-300 word essay.



In today’s era of technology and advancement, our entertainment means have also seen a shift from outdoor games to video games. Electronics entertainment devices like video games is widespread and is mainly popular among children. Its widespread usage has invited different views from experts. Their views are divided on the positive and negative effect of playing video games.

Some experts are of the opinion that playing video games increases children’s intelligence while other experts are citing its negative impact on children’s health and psychology. Here I am discussing both pros and cons with valid points along with suggestion on minimizing its bad effects in the following paragraphs.

Advantages (Positive Effects)

The researchers have found that playing video games could boost children’s intelligence and increases brain power. Video games serves both purpose of entertainment and educational. Certain types of video games are especially developed to enhance skills, abilities like logical thinking and concentration of user. The virtual platform that the user are transported to while playing games often inspire them to learn new things. Example: Flying a plane in the game encourages child to learn the same in the real life and difficult situations present in the game increases their problem solving ability.

Disadvantages (Negative Effects)

However its cons can’t be overlooked. With cutthroat competition in gaming industry, the developers are constantly adding new features like targets and rewards to make the game more intriguing and engaging for the users. As a result of this children are spending hours playing them.

They have become highly addictive to children resulting in lack of sleep to compromising with other works like doing homework, reading, sports etc. The studies suggest that spending long hours on computer or gaming console give rise to obesity in children.

Most importantly the gaming users are subject to violence in video games which in turn increases aggressive thoughts in children. Example: “Grand Theft Auto” allows its users to beat people, play missions, crash cars and a whole host of other violent things.

Minimizing Bad Effects

To minimize the ill effects of gaming mainly health hazards, a distance should be maintained between the child and gaming console. Ensuring limited time of entertainment and under adult supervision, they can provide not only fun time to the child but also contain huge educational potential. Many companies are also developing fun and learning programs like ‘Knowledge Adventure’ have developed excellent programs for baby and toddlers.


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