Last updated on January 13th, 2021 at 05:17 pm .
Video games are always a hot topic of debate. Whether discussing consoles, upcoming games or their benefits or harms, the conversation is always an animated one.
From the first game released in 1958 until the latest fiasco surrounding CD Projekt Red’s CyberPunk 2077, gamers and gaming community is filled with a variety of debates. From debates such as bogus claims of video games causing violence, to how the gaming industry is the primary entertainment outlet for many people around the globe. While the debate of screens affecting eye-sights and memory would always be a warm topic, our topic of discussion is neither of those.
We are here to talk about the growing awareness among people about the positive effects that games have on people, particularly of younger age. From early age-gamers to professional ones, gaming has become more than a pastime. In fact, some institutions are offering training for video games. So, what is it about games that affect the brain positively? Let us examine further:
They Improve Problem Solving Skills
One of the major problems that parents have faced since the era of late 80s and early 90s gaming is the lack of problem-solving in their children. While some of them might blame it on video games, the reality and scientific studies prove otherwise. In fact, some studies have shown that children who went to school and played video games (for a limited amount of time every day) showed significant excellence in problem-solving skills. What are some of the reasons behind them? Let us point it out for you:
- Video games are based around a plot
- Plots usually circle around a problem
- The leading character or characters have to deal with that problem
- The game would require various problems solved during its gameplay
- During the course of the game, players might have to solve additional problems
So, those are some of the common traits found in some of the most played FPS or RPG games, which are also the ones most popular in the younger generation. Which is why they trigger brain reactions that cause it to function faster, improving mathematical and physical problem-solving abilities.
They Have A Variety Of Physical Benefits
Let us put aside the brainy benefits for a bit and talk about physical ones. One of the most common traits of gamers is that they are more capable to discern between colours and patterns. Moreover, if you play games that feature dances or physical activity, then they are improving brain impairment with your muscles. Effectively increasing your physical capabilities. Some of the reasons why games improve physical abilities are:
- Develops quick reaction, so it improves exercises
- “Exergames” help develop younger children for better physical exercises when they get older
- Improved reflexes can help with better studying
They Exercise Various Parts Of The Brain
Now, let us get back to the brainy part. One of the key parts that gaming develops is the right hippocampus. Which is the part that brains use to filter out and process a variety of information. Some of which also includes memory, both long and short-term. Now, the exercising of that part is not it, it also develops cerebellum. Which is essentially the control of our muscles and nerves throughout the body. Now, since gaming uses these two brain-lobes a lot, they also increase their muscle memory. In effect, they do not only increase physical and intellectual strength, they stress the mind same way a bench press stresses the pectoral muscle. Developing it into its best shape.
They Emphasize Decision Making Skills
One of the key traits of avid gamers is their decision-making abilities. Quick to decide, quick to results. The reason why they possess this ability is that science proves that people who play FPS or action games in general, tend to be a quarter of 100% faster at decision making than common people. Unlike various other parts of a human body, the brain is the one that constantly stays in use. However, it is much like carrying a ton of weight on your back without any form. It would not only hurt your back but also give you no benefit in the long-term. Which is why gaming is one of the exercises that can be considered like deadlifts or squats for your posterior chain. Not only does it develop your brain usage, but it also develops the skills that require the usage of mind.
Some Of The Games You Should Play To Increase Brain Activity
Now that we know how games can positively affect the brain-function of humans, let us talk about what kind of games you should be playing.
Lumosity is one of the preferred options among brainiacs who like to put their intelligent on the test. This game is known to have increased attention, memory and flexibility of the mind.
Puzzles are great to develop the mind and increase intelligence. While Sudoku is one of the physical puzzles, you can easily find it to play online or on your phone.
Much like Sudoku, chess can be found online too. This game is a known favourite for people with a lot of brains.
- Strategy Games
Strategy games require a lot of focus and attention. So, to develop a strategic mind, you should play strategy games.
- RPG Games
RPG or roleplaying games are the ones where the player adorns themselves as the main character. As the game progresses, the character develops. RPG games are said to be the ones that develop most daily-life related skills.
Is it harmful to the eyes to play games for too long?
Yes, it can be disruptive to your pupils if they are staring at a screen for far too long. So, a healthy amount of time for gaming is considered to be 2-3 hours max every day.
Should children of smaller age play games?
There are certain games and puzzles that are designed for juveniles at an early age. However, each game comes with an age limit, so make sure you check it.
Do video games cost a lot?
On average, the cost of a video game is around $30-$40. However, the cost may increase if there is a special edition.