Real World Benefits From Video Games

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Online games can benefit children. A lot of people, especially parents, may disagree with the statement. However, this is true, if video games are played in moderation. There are many available games designed for kids nowadays. For the past years, parents glare at the thought of games made for their children. But after conducting several studies on gaming and its impact on children, researchers arrived at the conclusion that online gaming can also be beneficial to children, if being monitored properly by parents. The benefits range from development of social skills, increased chances of excelling in academics to increased emotional intellect. First, online games can raise a kid’s confidence and instill the importance of setting goals and accomplishing them. Take the game Zuma, for example. The player’s goal is to clear the boards needed to reach the end of the game. Through this game, the children will enjoy the reward of reaching their goals, which they will learn to apply to their lives eventually. Next, some online games give the children the chance to play with other children from all parts of the world, regardless of gender, race and age. Because of this, they will learn how to socialize with different folks, different strokes. As it helps them develop their social growth, it also makes them value the significance of teamwork. There are also some “Logic” games found online. By playing these, children are able to hone their intellect, which will be beneficial when he grows up. The child will be able to develop his skills which include problem-solving, memory, math and computation skills, vocabulary, and so on. Some of these logic games are “4 Elements”, “Super Text Twist”, “Jewel Quest”, “Turbo Pizza” and “7 Wonders”. Meanwhile, some games in the internet make use of one’s logic such as “4 Elements”, “Super Text Twist,” “Jewel Quest,” “Turbo Pizza” and “7 Wonders”. They normally focus on challenging the kids’ way of thinking, thus resulting to their enhanced intellect. More skills that can be developed include problem-solving, memory, math and computation skills, vocabulary, and so on. Lastly, children who play online games are able to learn how to multitask. Think of games like Diner Dash”, “Cake Mania”, “Virtual Villagers”, and “Turbo Subs”. To be able to finish the level, the player must first reach the given quota. To be able to reach the quota, one has to be able to do different tasks efficiently. As the level increases, there are more tasks given and they’re usually even more challenging than the previous ones. Finally, there are online games that require the player to effectively multitask and learn the basics of micromanagement. Games like “Diner Dash” and “Virtual Villagers” require players to meet goals by keeping an eye on various aspects of the game that are in play at the same time. Success involves not only understanding when something needs to be done, but knowing how long that will take and factoring that into the handling of everything else. While studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that online gaming and video games in general can have benefits, there will always be those who consider the industry to be pointless and worthless. Also, there are dangers associated with being on the Internet in general that children might become exposed to while gaming. Parents should take responsibility and keep an eye on the games their children play – the ratings system is there to inform parents, not do the parenting for them. Online games can have a number of benefits to children, so long as they are properly monitored and their parents don’t leave the parenting to the games.


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