"Click those buttons and sit like that all day.", "Go do something useful and keep that away." If you play video games regularly, then there's a high chance you have heard such dialogues at some point. So are video games really as bad as they say it is? Or do they have some benefits? Let's find out.
Believe it or not but playing video games actually improves your eye-sight. It has been found that gamers possess better vision than most non gamers. What are the factors that contribute to this in a game? The ability to spot even small pieces of information in a clutter, sharpens your vision, and video games provide graphics similar to that most of the time. Gamers can also resolve different levels of grey better than the average population.
Multiplayer games improve your coordination and communication skills while working as a team. The games get players to work together in order to achieve a common goal and this increases their team work and team building skills. It gets the players to strategize on their own as well as consider the other strategies the team members put forth, and eventually decide on the best of plans. Even the widely criticized PubG can be cited as an example for communication and planning among team members.
A lot of studies show that video games actually help gamers make decisions faster without any compromise on accuracy. Cognitive Scientists from the University of Rochester concluded that people who play action games made decisions 25 percent faster than those who didn't. The study also showed that people playing action games could simultaneously pay attention to six things compared to an average of four among non-gamers. Not only do games help make faster decisions, it improves your multitasking ability as well. Most video games children play today are not just about simple hand eye coordination. It involves them having to do multiple tasks like chat via text and voice to other team members, operate a character and follow long and short term objectives simultaneously. Regularly practising this leads to a steady increase in multitasking and improves concentration too.
A common misconception among adults is that games leads to attention problems or that the major contributor to ADD among kids is video games. However this is far from true. Brain Scientist Daphne Bavelier has proven that while an average person can track around 3 objects around them at a a time, a person who plays action video games regularly can track around 6 objects around them. Now this skill comes in handy while driving. In effect regular video gamers are better and safe drivers than most non gamers.
One of the most important skills that I personally feel video games impart is resilience. I have never seen or heard of a gamer quit playing a game because they couldn't clear a difficult level. In fact, I have seen them get all the more involved in the game and play it till they win it. In an age where simple failures and rejections in life lead us to giving up altogether, resilience becomes an important trait. And video games definitely help in cultivating that trait among youngsters.
Several video games also ensure players follow the rules and play with the spirit of the game without cheating their way to the top. For example, the game FIFA warns the players each time they violate any rule. Also they issue yellow cards or even red cards to the players based on the seriousness of the violation.
Games can prove to be extremely useful in teaching and learning architecture and other design related courses. Gaming helps enhance one's spatial visualisation skill. It boosts your ability of mentally manipulating and rotating two and three dimensional objects. Gaming also releases dopamine (chemical associated with the brain's pleasure and reward system) which encourages a person to constantly engage in developing their skills.
Even though these are the positive impacts of gaming, all these are applicable when the games are played in moderation. An excess of gaming can lead to worse health conditions. Moreover these reasons cannot be cited as a reason to advocate binge-gaming either. As parents, do not stop children from playing video games simply because you think it is useless and a waste of time. It can do wonders for your child. Just step in to make sure playing video games does not turn into an obsessive habit.