5 Reasons Why Video Games Are Useful In Life

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Video games foster the mindset that allows creativity to grow…

Nolan Bushnell 

Video games are the popular leisure time activity for billions of people around. Either one is stressed or depressed, video games are the only pass to escape the reality. Some people say video games corrupt your brain into violence and but in truth they push different muscles in one’s brain and allow them to perform amazing activities.

Though there are many reasons why to defend the optimism of video games, let’s see the first 13 reasons why. 

Communal and Contentment.

A 2011 study found multiplayer games become virtual social communities, where decisions need to be made quickly about whom to trust or reject and how to lead a group, the authors said.

There is constant communication between the players which in turn results in the development of meaningful as well as casual relationships among them. Compared to the kids who don’t take part in video games, has less satisfaction than the kids who spend most of their times in gaming.

Brain Boosters. 

Gaming may strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory and perception, according to several studies reviewed in the article American Psychologist.

A 2013 meta-analysis found that playing shooter video games improved a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions, just as well as academic courses to enhance these same skills, according to the study.

“This has critical implications for education and career development, as previous research has established the power of spatial skills for achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Granic said.

Multitasking and Misery Reliever. 

It requires the player to be able to move the joystick or keys while looking at the various features on the screen such as energy levels, oncoming adversaries, ammunitions left, available time among other factors, all which are vital to winning.

This ensures that the player can observe and react accordingly to all requirements of that particular game. Simple games that are easy to access and can be played quickly, such as “Angry Birds,” can improve players’ moods, promote relaxation and ward off anxiety, the study said.

“If playing video games simply makes people happier, this seems to be a fundamental emotional benefit to consider,” said Granic. The authors also highlighted the possibility that video games are effective tools to learn resilience in the face of failure. By learning to cope with ongoing failures in games, the authors suggest that children build emotional resilience they can rely upon in their everyday lives.

Education and Profession.

Many modern education institutions incorporate video games as a teaching methodology. This helps these children improve their academic skills by providing video games that are specifically aimed at enhancing their cognitive and creative skills.

Gaming is beneficial not only for kids but also for adults. Even the military is hiring gamers.

“The ability to assimilate information, react swiftly and co-ordinate actions whilst remaining calm under pressure are often attributes of people that are good at gaming,” a Royal Air Force spokesperson tells the BBC.

Those skills are part of what the RAF is looking for “in a variety of roles”. “Skills acquired through gaming can be very relevant to certain areas.” “There are plenty of soft skills that gamers can utilize in a professional setting, such as teamwork, problem solving and strategic planning,” says Ryan Gardner, a regional director with Hays recruitment.  

Matthew Ricci told gaming site Kotaku: “If you’re playing EVE Online you basically already have an MBA [Master of Business Administration]”. 

Problem Solving.

Video games involve certain rules. This means that the player has to think carefully before making any move to ensure that they stay within the required rules of that particular game.

The player needs to make split- second decisions that will determine whether or not he or she will advance to the next level. According to research, individuals who play video games frequently can process the brain stimulators faster than others. 

Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock-n-roll.

Shigeru Miyamoto

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