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7 Amazing Benefits of Video Games

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 9 13
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For decades now, ever since the birth of the first gaming industry, there has been a debate about video games. Even today the argument rages on, as gaming has become an integral part of society. Yet it is shocking to see how negative the general opinion about video games is. Do video games really pose such a threat to the wellbeing of our children? Have they produced a generation of overweight social misfits? A lot of people seem to believe it to be so.

But this opinion is based mainly on inconclusive research, myths and false stereotypes. In reality, the negative sides of video gaming are widely exaggerated, and recent research has instead shown a myriad of benefits for video game players. For instance, video games help develop;

Cognitive abilities

It has been scientifically proven that most videogames have a positive effect on the development of our cognitive abilities such as attention, memory and problem solving. This is especially important for children whose brains are still developing, but even adults have been shown to benefit from gaming in this area. With the constant stimulation provided by the many genres of games, the various cognitive abilities are constantly engaged and developed.

Hand-eye coordination

Another proven benefit of video games is the improvement of hand-eye coordination. Having to constantly react to new information in the games, the player is forced to adapt and improve his coordination in order to succeed. This holds especially true with shooting games, where players have to continuously maintain a steady aim in order to succeed.

Team work and social skills

With today's multiplayer options in almost all games, team work has become an essential part of gaming. A person who doesn't work well with others will have a lot of trouble getting anywhere in games nowadays, and therefore has no choice but to develop his social skills. As more and more games focus on team play for survival, players are forced to learn how to work as a group, and also to develop leadership abilities in order to survive. Recent studies have even shown that gamers are statistically more likely to be good leaders than non-gamers.

Task handling

Much like the real world, video games offer a lot of problems to solve and projects to be carried out. The player is constantly tasked with organizing strategies and finding solutions to difficult problems - skills which are most valuable in today's workplace.

Language skills

All the major games of today contain a high level language, which has been shown to rub off on players. Having to constantly read English (or other languages) with proper grammar and spelling in the games, gamers have been shown to develop better lingual skills than non-gamers. This is especially beneficial for people whose primary language isn't English. In fact, some countries greatly encourage gaming as a means to learn English as a second language.

Motivation

The games of today encourage the players to push themselves to the limit in order to reach the goals. Starting out on an easy level and advancing upwards, the player increases his skill and is forced to improve in order to succeed. This has been shown to rub off on other parts of life as well, such as in sports and at the workplace.

Stress handling

Video games contain some of the most stress filled environments there is. With health bars, weapons, armor, mana, enemies and other players to keep track of, gamers have to keep an eye on so many things simultaneously. This in turn leads to players greatly developing their abilities for handling stress and multitasking.

 

Say what you want about gaming, but it can't be denied that it comes with some pretty amazing benefits. And in today's society, where gaming is becoming more acceptable, more and more people are affected by these benefits.

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Comments

Jul 30, 2012 1:19am
adragast
There are so many articles about the bad influence of video games that I am happy to see one that shows the other side of the debate. In Norway, when they discovered that Breivik was playing video games, they immediately jumped to the conclusion that video games were bad for you (well, he did eat breakfast and drive a car too... are those bad for you?!). Anyway, thumb from me.
Jul 30, 2012 4:19am
JJEstephan
I enjoy playing v-games; I had a huge addiction to Modern Warfare 3. I agree that there may be benefits to gaming, but I think the skills developed by gaming can be developed elsewhere and in a healthier way. I have a 13 year old that loves the games and he is much happier and better behaved when he has not played for awhile.

Also, I highly disagree with the idea that video games help with stress handling. A gamer will sit on his/her butt for hours getting worked up over a game and without any physical release of any built up stress. I have experienced this personally and I know many others that have the same experience. This is true especially with the online fast pace 1st person shooters.

Thanks for the article
Jul 30, 2012 7:25am
telecaster09
Cool! I'm one of those who LOVE video games, and you're right with these benefits. Maybe parents out there just have to guide their kids as well for them to know their limitations.
Jul 30, 2012 7:25am
telecaster09
thumbs up!
Jul 31, 2012 10:12am
Finallyfast
Very interesting point of view.
I think it's always the question of how much it is okay.
It can be referred to so many things, not just only video games.

Thumbs Up!
Aug 2, 2012 8:11pm
WebAddict
It's always about balance. Video games only become a problem when you become addicted to them to the point of playing for hours and ending up dead after 40 straight hours of play! Now that's a true story.
Aug 2, 2012 8:11pm
WebAddict
It's always about balance. Video games only become a problem when you become addicted to them to the point of playing for hours and ending up dead after 40 straight hours of play! Now that's a true story.
Aug 2, 2012 8:11pm
WebAddict
Sorry, double post. Can you please delete it?
Jun 11, 2013 9:50am
MrRooibos
Great article, nice to get a fresh perspective on the effects of video games
Jun 25, 2013 11:54am
AdaptiveWalrus
It always nice to see another good article on our side of the debate.
Feb 12, 2014 8:08am
thisisbatman
Great article!
although I often find myself shouting at the opponent or feeling like blowing my brain off.

"gaming doesn't make people frustrated and cranky. lag does. "
Sep 20, 2014 2:23am
SwamyRapolu
Video Gaming made a lot of impact on my life in my college days. The points you mentioned are absolutely true.
Sep 20, 2014 2:23am
SwamyRapolu
Video Gaming made a lot of impact on my life in my college days. The points you mentioned are absolutely true.
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