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 in recent years has been taken to an entirely new level, with the introduction of Wii Fit we see machines helping the elderly with mobility, keeping individuals entertained, while active.
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.
Clinical data has shown that the use of games on ADHD patients has yielded results that were on par with those of medication, with a few instances showing them to be superior. If nothing else, video games have the benefit of not causing adverse side effects. Aside from an improvement in their attention span, positive effects on IQ levels and neurological feedback have also been confirmed by clinical test data.
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.
Two entire genres of video games require skills similar to those of chess – namely, the ability to plan strategically, adapt tactically and consider a wide range of possible solutions to a single problem. There is speculation among the scientific community about how chess, Sudoku and games like them can improve cognitive thinking skills. Several modern games incorporate challenges that require the same skills as chess does, but with different applications. This has led to theories about how they may promote better neurological functioning.
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.