Benefits of Video Games

Video games are often dismissed as unsophisticated or the domain of couch potatoes, but did you know that many common elements of these simulated worlds can provide tangible benefits in real life? Video games help with healthy brain stimulation, developmental benefits, Problem-solving skills, and Stress relief.

Video games can improve manual dexterity.

Playing video games can improve your manual dexterity. In a study involving a group of surgeons, research found that those who played video games performed advanced procedures faster and made fewer mistakes than those who didn’t. Some video games have been designed specifically to help people with motor skills, math skills, calculation, risk management, and some game companies, like Nintendo, have created controllers that let you play games while you are undergoing rehabilitation for a physical problem.

In the late 1980s, Nintendo’s Donkey Kong helped to popularize the idea of video games being an effective form of exercise, but it was not until the 1990s that video game technology began to get better at capturing the player’s movements. Since then, video games have become more sophisticated in their ability to simulate the real world. They are now able to do things like track your heart rate and blood pressure and detect your moods and emotions. And they can be used to help you improve your physical and mental health. One of the best-known programs for improving your brain power is called BrainHQ. It offers a variety of programs that you can access through the Web or your smartphone.

Video games can increase your brain’s gray matter.

Gaming is really a workout for your mind disguised as fun. Studies have shown that playing video games regularly may increase gray matter in the brain and boost brain connectivity. (Gray matter is associated with muscle control, memories, perception, and spatial navigation.)

 Video gaming may also help build mental skills such as problem-solving, memory, and attention. And it’s easy to do!

Most video games are designed to be accessible to all ages and skill levels. But be careful: Too much screen time may decrease physical activity. Research has shown that children who play video games have lower levels of physical activity than their non-gaming peers. So how much is too much? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no more than two hours of video game play per day for children younger than age.,= Research shows that frequent video game play may increase the risk of obesity and diabetes.

Gamers may have better social skills.

The stereotype of a shy person who uses video games as a way to escape is not what the average gamer looks like. Past research involving children found that those who played more video games were more likely to have good social skills, perform better academically, and to have built better relationships with other students because of the social and collaborative component to some types of games.

These studies also found that some children, specifically those who played a lot of violent video games, had higher levels of aggression and antisocial behavior. A study of college students found that shy people played video games at the same rate as non-shy people. The study also found that there was no relationship between shyness and aggression or other negative behaviors. A more recent study of young adults found that the majority of people who play video games are not shy, and most people who play a lot of video games do not have high levels of aggression.

Games can teach you to be a better problem solver.

Open-world, mission-based, and multi-level games are designed like complex puzzles that take several hours to solve. Occasionally, the solution varies based on your actions in the game. Learning to think on your feet and strategize in a fast-paced fantasy environment is a skill that can translate to the real world. One long-term study published in 2013 showed that children who played strategy-based games showed an improvement in problem-solving skills—and thus, tended to get better grades—the next school year.

We believe that video games are a good starting point for teaching problem-solving skills. The complexity of these games requires you to learn how to adapt to different situations. They also teach you how to be creative and make decisions. It’s like learning a language where you are forced to use all of your vocabulary and express yourself creatively. We also believe that playing video games is good for your brain because it is always in the state of being active. Even when you are not playing, your brain is working on something. We know from studies that playing video games increases blood flow in the brain, which helps it to stay healthy and alert.

 

You can become more physically active as a gamer.

Most major consoles now have the technology to get gamers off of the couch and onto their feet. The future of VR gaming will take things to a whole new level. Mobile game programmers have also started to create games that are played across physical space, building them around real-world location data and inspiring gamers to relocate in order to advance in the virtual world.

This trend is only going to continue as mobile and PC game development becomes more sophisticated. Games that allow gamers to physically interact with the game environment and each other, are becoming a bigger and bigger part of the gaming experience. The combination of VR and AR technologies is creating a new frontier for gaming. These new gaming experiences are bringing us closer to our dreams of being a part of the game. If you’re looking for something more than just a video game, this new technology can be an excellent way to explore your creativity and learn new skills.

Video games can improve your vision.

As long as you’re not staring at the screen for 10 hours straight (or sitting two feet away), playing video games can actually make for better vision. In one study, 10 male students who were not gamers were trained for 30 hours in first-person action games and then tested against 10 non-gamers. The students who played were able to see objects more clearly in cluttered spaces because of improved spatial resolution. They were able to train their brains to see smaller details, because in each game, those details turned out to be important.

Gamers also experience better depth perception, which helps them navigate 3D spaces more quickly and efficiently. This is especially helpful when using a mouse or joystick to move around a 3D space. But these improvements don’t come without a cost: playing video games for extended periods of time can lead to fatigue and muscle stiffness, which can contribute to discomfort, pain, and even physical injury. Video games can also improve your sense of balance and coordination. In one study, a group of 18-year-olds played the Wii Balance Board Game for 30 minutes a day for four weeks, while a control group played the game for no more than 15 minutes.

Video games can have mental health benefits.

Studies have shown that some video games can boost mood and make for better heart rhythms—a sign that they may also help relieve stress. The correlation (not causality) between video games and stress has been reflected in numerous unrelated studies, which is why video games have been used in therapy for over a decade.

In 2005, a study from the University of Washington published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that playing video games for 30 minutes before taking a test led to higher scores on the test than those who didn’t play. In 2007, a study from the University of Texas at Austin found that video game players had more gray matter in their prefrontal cortex, the brain’s executive control center, compared to non-players.

They’re a fun way to get tricked into learning.

There are video games on just about everything. Early on, developers realized that video games could be used to improve reading and math skills. Today, there are games that incorporate world history, cooking, politics, chemistry, architecture, and other topics you may not have been exposed to in school.

The popularity of video games is only expected to increase as the technology continues to evolve. So, what’s the best game for learning? We took a look at the most popular, top-selling video games from the last five years and found out which ones had the greatest impact on education. This article will take a look at some of the best games for education that were released in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Video games can inspire you to be more persistent.

With video games you either win or you keep trying, learning from your mistakes as you progress until you reach the goal. Because of this, some researchers and educators argue that video games can teach people to be more confident and to work towards their goals, treating each misstep as just another learning opportunity.

“The most obvious outcome of playing a game is that the player learns to play it,” wrote psychologist Justin Klosowski in his book The Psychology of Video Games. “The player develops an understanding of the mechanics of the game; he learns how to navigate through the game’s interface, acquire items, and interact with other players.

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