You might not believe it, but gaming can be good for health and brain too. Research shows that playing video games can have positive impacts on health, mind, and body. It can boost up your learning skills, freshen up your mood, and improve social and communication skills.
“VIDEOS GAMES FOSTER THE MINDSET THAT ALLOWS CREATIVITY TO GROW”.
Let us consider some of the benefits of playing video games:
Video games can make you better at making quick and accurate decisions. Players have a greater ability to sense what is happening around them. Fast-paced and action games require you to make decisions quickly. When you practice such skills in virtual reality, you will also be able to apply them in real life.
Scientists from the University of Rochester found that playing action video games trains people to make decisions faster. Study shows that players who were involved in fast-paced games were 25% quick in responding to questions regarding an image as compared to non-gamers.
Though it is stated that gamers are socially isolated but most games nowadays encourage social behaviors in players through their multiplayer option.
Playing multiplayer cooperative games teaches you to work in a team, improve self-confidence, and get engaged in social works. It also motivates you to interact and communicate with different people in real life.
Videos games such as Dance Dance revolution and other motion games help you get a workout more excitingly, without going to the gym. Playing active motion games 10 minutes or more is equal to the amount of time you spend on a treadmill walk for one hour.
Researchers have found that active video games may be a source of moderate or intense physical activity in kids five to eight years old.
Videos games help improves your eyesight. Study proves that playing violent action games can help improve your eyesight. It changes the way our brain process visual information.
In 2009, the University of Rochester researched students equally divided into two groups to test whether gaming improves our eyesight or not, one group played Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament 2004, while the other played The Sims 2, both groups were tested after 9 weeks of the game. Those who played action games showed a 43% improvement in their vision whereas the other group showed no improvement.
Feeling stress in daily routine life? Here is the solution. Yes, video games can be the solution to stress and depression. Gaming is the perfect way to relax your mind from stress and anxiety. An American psychological association showed that short fun games can help improve a person’s mind and make them happier.
Researchers in New Zealand also created SPARX especially to fight depression in a fun way. Research proves that 44% of SPARX players recovered from depression, as compared to 26% of those who were in treatment.
LEARNING AND EDUCATION:
Video games make education and learning more fun. Many educational games are used to enhance learning skills in children. Simulation video games make players think critically.
“THERE ARE PLENTY OF SKILLS I HAVE LEARNED FROM PLAYING VIDEO GAMES. IT’S MORE INTERACTIVE THAN WATCHING TV BECAUSE THERE ARE PROBLEMS TO SOLVE AS YOU’RE USING YOUR BRAIN.”
Video games can also help students learn history, mathematics, and physics more interestingly. Study proves that gaming can be good motivation for those students who find difficulty in paying attention to education.
While playing a game, managing a hands-on controller and eyes on screen can improve player’s eye-hand coordination. Action games can help people improving their eye-hand coordination which is very helpful in real life.
“I RECENTLY LEARNED SOMETHING QUITE INTERESTING ABOUT VIDEO GAMES. MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE DEVELOPED INCREDIBLE HAND, EYE, AND BRAIN COORDINATION IN PLAYING THESE GAMES. THE AIR FORCE BELIEVES THESE KIDS WILL BE OUR OUTSTANDING PILOTS.”
The University of Toronto proves that people who play action games regularly have better eye-hand coordination than those who don’t play games. Another research shows that surgeons who played video games improved their eye-hand coordination.
CAREER IN GAMING:
Video games may lead a person to a successful career. The gaming industry has changed excitingly in few years. Now you can also make a career in the gaming field. You can make characters and animations for different games.
You can work as a game tester where you have to test different games before they can be released so people can enjoy error-free and flawless gaming.
Last but not the least, you can also make a career as a game developer where you can create your games.
“A GAME DESIGNER IS SOMEONE WHO DESIGNS PROJECTS TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY.”
-TORU IWATANI (creator of Pac-Man)
So, yes videos can be beneficial too, but only if it is consumed in a specific time. Playing video games is safer than having your teens do drugs, alcohol, and street racing in the real world. Finally, according to a study, gamers are more social, successful, and educated than those of non-gamers.