Michael V and Video Games

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Bong Godinez of PEP recently interviewed Michael V about the success of the opening of Yaya and Angelina. (The said movie opened with a Php 6M gross.) In the interview, he said that the creative team of Bubble gang is planning to kill then probably later resurrect adjourn the characters. Why halt the impetus of great and fun-loving characters? Bitoy answered in the interview, “Mas maigi ipahinga mo na muna and mag-isip ka ng bagong characters naman. Later on, puwede mong i-resurrect ulit ang character kung may demand ulit.”

Bitoy, once graced the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia Humor Edition, is truly a gem in the Philippine Movie and Television industry. I, for one, is a fan! You would catch him portraying different characters in Bubble Gang and Bitoy’s Funniest Videos every Friday and Saturday night respectively. When he was asked by PEP where he gets his creative juices, he just answered,”Naglalaro ng video games!”

Video games, according to studies, is truly a significant factor to the building blocks of creativity. Playing video games ignites positive mood, which would then enhance ones creativity. S. Shyam Sundar, professor of film, video and media studies at Penn State, said that one has to defocus an attention by doing different actions that trigger positive mood. In his statement, he said, “When you have low arousal and are negative, you tend to focus on detail and become more analytical.”

Playing video games, however, should be done in moderation just like what Aristotle said in his Doctrine of the Mean. If one plays too much video games (and make it his life, not simply a part of it), it could cripple his both, psychological development, which includes creativity in it (not to mention ruining ones sociological development as well).

It’s okay to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Farmville but you might want to do it in moderation.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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