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Why Video Games Are Good For You
Transcript of Why Video Games Are Good For You
Improved motor skills
Better spatial sense, since you often need to navigate virtual game worlds
Heightened sensitivity and an overall faster decision making process (during critical situations)
People who played action-based video games made decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study.
Improved problem solving, planning and critical thinking skills, ex. in strategy games such as Civilization and puzzle games like Portal
Gaming exercises the brain to keep it functioning well
Promotes creativity, ex. Minecraft, sandbox games
Video games can cause
violent behavior Why Video Games
Are Good For You Breaking Myths About Gaming Video games ruin your eyesight Video games dumb down your brain What are video games? "an electronic game played by means of images on a video screen and often emphasizing fast action" - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/video%20game Common Myths Video games waste your time
Video games ruin your eyesight
Video games create anti-social behavior
Video games dumb down your brain
Video games can cause violent behavior(often become the scapegoat in shootings) THESE MYTHS ARE NOT TRUE! video games have been SCIENTIFICALLY proven to be beneficial
in many ways The average gamer
is 33 years old, which shows
that gaming is not just a realm
reserved for kids and teenagers. NOT TRUE! Contrary to popular belief, they improve eyesight
Gamers can see smaller and farther objects, as many games often require the need to track many things at once
They have an improved, larger field of vision
They can differentiate objects quicker
They're able to tell differences in contrast better (could apply to driving in the fog)
Gaming prevents aging degradation of the retina
It can have benefits
for adults, too. Video games make you anti-social NOT TRUE! Video games promote social interaction and cooperation with friends, acquaintances and even strangers
Becoming a part of something bigger than yourself in online communities
Sparking new emotions that may improve your mood; ex. joy, belief, surprise, pride, curiosity, excitement, awe, wonder, satisfaction and creativity
Improve your mood and relieve stress
ADHD symptoms are lessened, and people with autism disorder have increased social intelligence after gaming
Learn communication skills from multiplayer gaming; ex. leadership, cooperation, teamwork, etc...
NOT TRUE! NOT TRUE! Video games are often blamed when events such as shootings occur; ex. the recent school shooting in USA
However, violence and video games should not be linked. The US has the highest level of gun-related murders per capita in the world, but they spend less money on violent video games; South Korea and the Netherlands spend almost twice as much per capita on violent games, yet their gun murder rates are much lower
Many of the most violent games originate from Japan, yet their crime rates are a fraction of the US
Violence may only arise when the person is already at-risk, ex. anger management issues, depression, etc...
Video games may even lessen violent behavior, as they relieve built up stress So what kind of game provides the most benefits? A study published in 2007 by Iowa State University compared surgeons who played video games versus those who didn't.
In laparoscopic procedures, surgeons use small incisions and work with tiny video cameras and thin surgical tools. Even after taking into account differences in age, years of medical training and the number of past laparoscopic surgeries performed, the study found that surgeons who played video games were 27 per cent faster and made 37 per cent fewer errors than those who didn't. Games that provide the MOST benefits are usually fast paced and action orientated; ex. Shooters adrenaline rush to exercise your brain
fast paced, on your feet decisions
monitor your field of vision and constantly scan for enemies
2007 study from the University Of Rochester claims that 30 hours of 'training' on a first person shooter can greatly improve your ability to see small objects ^ These guys are from Crysis.... ^ Conclusion Video games can be beneficial in many ways, including:
Improved eyesight and object detection
Improved social interaction, leadership and teamwork
Improved problem solving, critical thinking and creativity
And most importantly, allowing you to have fun! Obstacle 1 Obstacle 3 All things must be taken in moderation, however, and video games are no different. Playing too much is never good for you! Video games are often played for enjoyment, whether it be the satisfaction of completing a difficult level or the fun of gaming with friends. Bibliography Reilly, Luke. "5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good for You." IGN. N.p., 9 Sept. 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2013. <http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/09/10/5-reasons-video-games-are-actually-good-for-you>.
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