5 Surprising Benefits of Playing Video Games

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The game industry is changing.  More complex, more challenging, and more ambitious, video games have come a long way since the simple arcade titles of the seventies—and evidence is mounting that the benefits of play go well beyond entertainment and improving the abilities of gamers of all ages, from a toddler to people in late fifties who are still engaged into the video games. The game industry is evolving consistently  In honor of National Video Game Day this year, here are 15 ways games are programming better people.

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1. VIDEO GAMES ARE PRODUCING BETTER SURGEONS.

While you might be thinking you want your surgeon reading up on the latest medical research instead of playing games so that they are more learned and efficient at their work and your surgery, you might want to reconsider: a study of laparoscopic (small incision) specialists have found that those who played video games for more than three hours per week made 32 percent fewer errors during practice procedures compared to their non-gaming counterparts. So maybe playing video games for a few minutes before proceeding with your medical surgery is not such a bad idea. 

2. VIDEO GAMES COULD HELP PEOPLE OVERCOME DYSLEXIA.

You are worried about the difficulties of your child in school because of dyslexia? Maybe here’s a piece of good news for you.  Buy your child a couple of games and a joystick. Medical specialists and researchers point to attention difficulties as being a key component of dyslexia. Talking evolution our ancestors did not have the luxury to read, instead, they learnt to focus on their surroundings to survive from predators. One study has shown dyslexic learners have improved their reading comprehension following sessions of games heavy on action.  The reason, researchers believe, is that the games have constantly changing environments that require intense focus. Focusing not only on predators but also written clues to survive the game. This way video games simulating the evolution of our brain wiring. And training our young learners getting rid of their dyslexia.

3. VIDEO GAMES COULD IMPROVE YOUR VISION.

“Don’t sit too close to the television and computer monitor” used to be a common parental refrain without a lot of science to back it up. Instead, scientists are discovering games in moderation may actually improve—not strain—your vision. In one study, 10 weeks of play was associated with a greater ability to discern between different shades of grey. Another had participants try to play games using only their “lazy” eye, with the “good” one obscured. Those players showed significant, sometimes normalized improvement in the affected eye. So stop worrying about eys sights and get your games on. But also be aware of rays emetting from your screen.

4. VIDEO GAMES COULD HELP MAKE YOU A BETTER LEADER.

Games these days, most of them are played in team or with real people playing on their computer on the other side of the world. Also, Certain genres of games reward and encourage leadership traits—providing for “communities,” securing their safety, etc.—researchers have noted that players can show a correlating motivation in their real-world career goals trained from the virtual environment of video games. Improvising in a game can also translate into being faster on your feet when an office crisis crops up. So, want to be a better leader? get your games on.

5. VIDEO GAMES COULD PIQUE YOUR INTEREST IN HISTORY.

Many games are built on actual historical events to drive their stories. Those characters and places can then spark the interest in the mind of young learners to discovering more about the culture they’re immersed in, according to researchers. Parents who have obtained books, maps, and other resources connected to games have reported their children are more engaged with learning, which can lead to a lifetime appreciation for history. So want your child do better at history in school or learn more about your culture? Get them a couple of games and a virtual reality headset. But also be aware if the game is built on a different agenda from yours. The learned lessons will be embedded in the young learner’s mind.

Video games are helping gamers in so many ways beyond these five. We will discuss more and more of the benefits and potential drawbacks some other week. And videogames are evolving to better tool every day. No wonder the video game industry generated one hundred and forty billion USD revenue from sale last year. We might hope, In the near future, parents are going to encourage their young children to game for their better career and more learned.

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