Saturday, December 16

Why You Shouldn’t Think Too Terribly of Gaming

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Since the influx of video games in the market, there has always been this thinking that video games are only a waste of time and money. Most parents would nag their children who spend most of the day in front of the PlayStation and the endless hours online as they play and download games. It seems like their kids are living in virtual reality. The medical community has recently conducted research that would prove the contrary.

Through the years, the role of gaming has evolved. With the introduction of Wii Fit, the elderly are kept entertained while being aided with mobility.

When played in moderation, gaming has also been noted to aid children with ADHD to focus their immense energy level into a direct single focus. In addition, it brings the children into a peaceful and tranquil state, as brainwave frequencies are visibly transitioned into a beta, or meditative state while focusing on achievements or other parts of the game.

Studies conducted has revealed as well that the use of games on ADHD patients is equally good (if not better) than the use of medication; the latter sometimes causing adverse effects on the body. An increase in attention span, IQ levels and neurological feedback has also been confirmed.

It’s also not a surprise that video games can help a person of any age boost their vision. True that the belief once was that it was bad to stare at a TV or computer screen for prolonged periods. However, overlooked was the fact that the focus required to fulfill some of these games were doing more good than harm. Having said that, gaming has been proven to effectively improve contrast sensitivity, assisting the eye in making out the smallest changes in shades and colors that are taking place within the game. Meanwhile, doctors and scientists strongly believe that gaming can also decrease the effects of age related macular degeneration, although no concrete study as of late can support this position.

While it stands against common perception, video games can also help improve people’s vision to a small extent. Prolonged staring at computer or TV screens was believed to generate eye strain. This still holds partially true, but it overlooks the fact that completing a game often requires that the eyes focus on a myriad of little details. In many studies, playing video games improved contrast sensitivity, the detection of changes in shades and colors and in hand-eye coordination. Meanwhile, there are some studies that have presented data implying that gaming can decrease the impact of macular degeneration, though the clinical data has yet to be verified.

Tons of video games that can enhance cognitive skills are also available. These games, like chess and Sudoku among others, require you to plan strategically, examine all possible solutions and eventually choose the most effective one. These practices improve several set skills such as problem-solving and analytical skills. In other words, these games are also mental workouts. These games are developed to promote one’s neurological function, memory, logic, cognition and intellectual capacity.

Being able to successfully finish the games would also increase the player’s self confidence and belief in his capabilities. This encourages players to strive harder to achieve their goals. Hopefully, this kind of positive thinking can be applied in real life, so that these people can be as hardworking and determined as when they’re playing video games.

Despite the negative press and the occasional overly violent – to the point of ludicrousness – game, the industry and gaming itself aren’t all bad. The trick, of course, is moderation. So while it might induce glares in people if someone wants to and download games, try to remember that gaming has positive things to offer aside from being fun.


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