Benefits of Video Games


Gaming both video and computer has become a part of life. First generation video game players have now become adult and carry their passion to adulthood. Parents and teachers worry about games having negative effects on children and a great deal has been written about games leading to violent behavior and addiction. However, all is not negative about gaming. I’ve compiled a list of the top benefits of video games. If someone has something smart to say about the amount of time you spend gaming or the types of games you play, you can finally have something to say back.

1. Emotional benefits.

1. Reduces pain and discomfort.As crazy as it sounds, video games can also help relieve physical pain. The way that this works is by distracting the player from their pain by putting them into the virtual reality setting of a video game. In hospitals, patients who played these kinds of games had an easiertime recuperating and required less pain medication.

2. Helps to face the daily challenges of various illnesses.The University of Utah released a study last year that examined the effects of regular gaming on children diagnosed with illnesses like autism, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers believe the games helped the kids as they faced the daily challenges of their illnesses.

3. Reduces stress and depression and makes you happy, motivates you.2009’s Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine included a study that found that gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games — and showed a noted improvement.

Video games make people happy. Some people like to work out. Some people like to garden. Some people like to play video games. Completing various simple goals in video games bring a lot of enjoyment.

Also, most games inspire players to strive and reach more difficult levels presenting challenges at each stage.


2.Social benefits.

1. Improves social skills. Games create team players and hone social skills too. Video games often encourage players from around the world to work together to solve problems or complete tasks. Teamwork encourages collaboration. Particularly for introverted people, video games may be a less stressful way to interact socially.

2. Helps gain self-confidenceVideo and computer games help children gain self-confidence. With each task they sucessfully accomplish, they feel more confident in themselves.


3. Physical benefits.

1. Motor skillsVideogames are helping kids and adults recover from traumatic brain injuries and other physical injuries. These games help them regain their motor skills and coordination as well.Video games can also be used as a form of rehabilitation. For example, a 13-year-old boy with Erb’s palsy noticed marked improvement in control over his arms after playing video games.According to the Archives of Surgery Laproscopic surgeons people who played videogames were able to operate faster and with fewer errors. They could operate about 24% faster and with 32% fewer errors than surgeons who did not play video games.

2. Sharpens and improves your visionVideo games and computer games are known to improve hand-eye co-ordination.

People suffering from cataracts can improve their vision by playing first-person shooter games like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. These games are so fast-paced that they require an extreme amount of attention, training the visually impairedto view things more sharply. It was found that people who play these kind of games, have their vision actually improved by about 20% on a standard eye chart.

3. Improves your reflexesA study in the journal of Current Directions in Psychological Science, showed that people who played video games had faster reflexes than people who did not.


4. Experiential benefits

1. Problem solving skillsGames improves decision making, problem solving, cognitive skills and teaches players to think on their feet.

Researchers suggest that action-oriented games act as a simulator for the decision-making process by giving players several chances to infer information from their surroundings and forcing them to react accordingly.

Being immersed in a video game can encourage creative solutions and adaptations which can then be applied to real life situations.

2. Teaches failureVideo games teach failure: Our society stresses success. Video games always have a clear winner and a clear loser. Even at a young age, kids that play video games get a sense of failure quickly. They teach you how to win well and loose well.


5. Educational benefits.

1. EducatesMany games improve language and math skills as players have to move at a great speed along with the heroes of the game, but a lot of them are also based on history, city building, and governance and so on. Such games indirectly teach children about aspects of life on earth and promise for helping children master everything from basic grammar to complex math. When children enjoy video games, they’ll happily play games and may not even notice that they’re learning.

2. Wakes up thecreative sideGames are known to enhance creativityand inculcate a taste for graphics, design and technology.