“Video Games”

This was my homework assignment for seventh grade: write a “persuasive essay” to convince the reader of a particular point of view. My teacher was a stickler for grammar and wrote over our papers with her red ballpoint pen. She would only give us assignments to build up the rudiments of expository writing. She was regimenting us for a future of standardized testing, she was.

I kept trying to be creative with my assignments, but she had none of it. “Check mark.” “Check mark.” That was all I got back. No smiley faces that Mr. Fleming, my awesome sixth-grade English teacher, gave me. I wanted to excel, I wanted to stand out! I didn’t want to just be competent.

I’m not bitter. It’s all sort of helped me, I guess. (I am taking the California Bar now, after all.) I just wish I got back more than a red check mark, that’s all.

Ronald Cruz
December 13, 1989


My favorite thing to do is to play video games. But video games have been feared by parents of our new generation. They think that video games are bad for their children. But this is not true. Some video games are even educational. They teach problem-solving, logical thinking, and hand-eye coordination. For this reason they should not be ridiculed. They should be cherished and purchased.

Playing video games is also good for relieving stress. It cools you down when you have too much homework. This is because in most games you dont have to think – its usually all reflex. It is amazing how you can play a game without thinking at all. Some parents have found that their children now retrieve their hand right after touching something hot, like boiling water. If you think of it this way, then you will realize that video games have saved lives! It’s also wondrous how your totally mindless actions are recreated on the screen in full color. I love to stare at the screen and think about nothing, especially my homework. This is how my video games relieve stress, but it may vary with other systems.

I dont play video games all day and expose my eyes to those harmful radiation rays. First of all, I use a polarizing filter. Second, I always have my homework done before I play, except when Im relieving stress. And last, I sometimes play on my computer, where all the games are educational in one way or the other.

How I got a video game system was pretty difficult. When I saw that many other people had one, I went to my mother and begged for one of my own. She walked away and I followed her. After a few hours of obsequious persuasion she surrendered. She then came home with a large package. I ripped open the box and seconds later I was playing my first video game. I was overwhelmed and amazed by the colors and the sound mixtures of animation. Whoops, I died.

So, if you’re a parent, then buy your son or daughter something which he or she can play games on. Not a table or a new carpet. I’m talking about a video game system or a computer. What you get in return is priceless—less screaming, kicking, slapping, scratching, biting, sneezing, and no more kids in the house to follow you and hit you asking you to buy one, which you should have already done. They would be busy relieving their stress and cherishing their current hobby—playing video games.




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10 responses to ““Video Games”

  1. Ronaldsf: Welcome to the blog world! I loved your essay – very persuasive. LOL Keep writing!

  2. In 7th grade you used the word, “obsequious”?! Ronald, you’re more of a thesaurus than I am!

    • How did I learn the word?

      You guessed it – a video game.

      It was called Starflight, for IBM PC. You flew around the galaxy and encountered alien races, and you had to indicate whether you were going to speak hostilely, obsequiously, etc., etc.

      I looked it up, naturally.

      See? Video games! 🙂

  3. Bravo, rsf! Welcome to wordpress, lol! Always enjoy reading your insightful take on things, so (as Arnold says) I’ll be baaack!

  4. Coolness. I just now realized that I need to approve comments haha. Okay…

    *bites lip, tries to see what else this baby can do*

  5. v

    Hey Ronaldsf!

    Loved your essay… pretty precocious 7th grader weren’t you?! I’ve always enjoyed reading your comments at TDC and Snarkies, so I’m sure this will be fun too. Thanks for making me smile!

  6. beebee

    Woot! Ronald, you have a buh-LOG! Congrats.

    OK, I can’t decide which is my fave part of your essay (your o-so-cavalier way with “obsequious” notwithstanding…lol):

    “I love to stare at the screen and think about nothing, especially my homework.”


    “Some parents have found that their children now retrieve their hand right after touching something hot, like boiling water. If you think of it this way, then you will realize that video games have saved lives!”

    Now there’s some world class persuasion there. LOL LOVE IT!

    I have started several wordpress blogs (just to tinker—wordpress makes it so easy!) but they have cobwebs. I hope this little blogventure of yours stimulates lots of great ronald writings! Press on!

    (And good luck with the CA bar!)

  7. vermeer

    Ronald, how fun to have your own blog. I’ve been thinking about doing the same, eventually (but I won’t tell anyone I know because I don’t have a lot of cool stuff to say as you do! will post some drawings or paintings or design). But hey, just wanted to say grammar is cool! I learned that it is more than just about sentence structure and what not; it can actually help one think more logically. I went to a French school for nine years and when I was in the (have to stop and figure out the English equivalent) 9th grade (oh my last year in the French school, duh, lol), we were supposed to finally move on from grammar to literature, but the teacher thought we were not worthy of reading good stuff yet and repeated another whole year of grammar instruction. But because of that, I discovered the magic of grammar once when I was writing an essay (probably at Cal!! haha!) One sentence got long and convoluted and my thinking quite muddy. I decided to deconstruct the sentence like I had to do so many times in the 8th and 9th grade. The exercise of analyzing my sentence structure actually helped in pinpointing the problem area in the sentence which in turn identified for me precisely where my logic went wrong. It gave me a clue as to where the kink in my train of thought was. Thought I’d share that!

    I hope you don’t mind I rambled on your brand new blog and I hope I made some sense! I thought it was funny you said your seventh grade teacher was a stickler for grammar. You were quite the creative, funny, fun child I can see. Too bad she didn’t reward you for that, and the persuasive writing!

    Best of luck with your bar exam Ronald!

    • Sorry I didn’t reply until much later, vermeer! Yeah, I think some of the things she ingrained me have sticked. I always think about things like commas and subordinate phrases, and know when a sentence is complete and when it’s not. It’s kind of always in the back of my head so that it’s automatic.

      The fun, though, is when you BREAK the rules. Of course, you need to know how to follow the rules before you can break ’em.

      In 6th grade I always changed the assignment on my teacher, added my own twist. Like once we were supposed to write an essay/poem kind-of-thing about what the colors on this mask meant to me, and so I wrote an adventure story involving a kidnapper and playing a game of Pac-Man, of course.

      He loved it, as well as some of the other wackiness I did! His positive feedback got me into writing, really.

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