Ever since the popularity of video games, there has been this seemingly unwavering stigma attached to video games being a total waste of time and effort. Here and there you’ll hear parents complaining about their children’s inability to untangle themselves from their gaming devices, and the long-drawn-out hours in the Internet as they play and download games. Their kids seem to be neglecting the real world, so they say. However, the medical community has recently conducted and pioneered researches that beg to differ.
Gaming has expanded and worked its way into the mainstream thanks to Nintendo’s interesting marketing efforts. The campaign hinges on a simultaneous push of the Wii as a game console while also nudging video games out of its stereotype to generate mass market appeal. A key example of this is “Wii Fit,” which has been used to encourage the elderly to exercise and move, helping them keep mobile while also being entertained.
It was also discovered that video games aid children with ADHD to concentrate their high energy level into a direct single focus. That is, when played in moderation. It also relaxes them, as brainwave frequencies are visibly transitioned into a beta, or meditative state while focusing on reaching goals or other parts of the game.
It has also been discovered that ADHD patients are able to quickly recuperate than when given medication; at times the latter negatively affects the body. Patients also had an increase in attention span, intellect levels and there has also been neurological feedback from the tests conducted.
Video can also help an individual optimize his vision. There was indeed a belief that staring at the TV or computer screen for too long would affect one’s vision. However, people didn’t seem to realize the fact that the focus necessary to finish these games was more beneficial for the person. It has also been proven that gaming can progressively improve contrast sensitivity and helps one’s eyes to determine the smallest differences in shades and colors seen in the game. Medical and scientific practitioners also believe that gaming can delay the onset of age related macular degeneration, although there has been no concrete research to back up this statement.
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.
Completing some games can be very challenging by their very nature, which can give players a sense of achievement in making progress. The industry is laden with examples of games that have become hits simply because they managed to motivate people to play for longer hours to achieve some in-game goal. In theory, this sort of mentality can be applied to real life, provided those people can be convinced to put that much effort, creativity, skill, and thought into real-life goals and objectives.
With all these in mind, it can be said that gaming isn’t as bad as people thought it to be. What’s important is that players remember to do it in moderation. So don’t be too negative when you see people who play and download games for fun, since they can still benefit from it in some way.