Well, we know that every gamer’s parents believe that video games are bad for you and they always want you to go a play outside and ‘socialize’.
Lets face it, the graphics outside are terrible… just kidding.
If you have been on the gaming scene for a while then you have definitely heard the phrases “You will get square eyes if you play that for too long” or “Your brain is going to turn to mush”. Or you just straight up get called a ‘zombie’.
Well, it’s time to prove your parents wrong.
Video games have many, many perks. Not only are they fun, but they can in fact increase your brain size as well as making it more flexible, therefore you can be advanced in problem solving.
You may not agree with this statement, but gamers are actually one of the smartest communities on the planet. Well… most of them anyway.
IMPROVES HAND-EYE CO-ORDINATION
A lot of people have thought that this is a myth. Well, if you are that minority or people who believe that, then you, my friend, are incorrect.
Video games demand rapid hand-eye coordination control, and you can benefit in the long run from having this as an improved skill.
As you know with certain video games such as fighting games, like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, when defending yourself against your opponent or any first-person shooters like, Call of Duty or Battlefield when reacting to the enemy team shooting you.
Because of this, it improves your reaction time which could assist you in getting out of difficult situations that acquire quick movements.
Or by playing video games, it can help to achieve tasks better. Maybe if you are a doctor, you can perform surgery or stitching up a patient a lot faster.
It can assist you in everyday life. You don’t need to constantly look at your hands to perform activities which means you get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
BOOSTS YOUR CREATIVITY LEVELS
Every video game imaginable is very innovative in its own way. That’s what makes in fun and unique. More particularly games like:
- Planet Coaster
- Garry’s Mod
These are the contestants of being the best games to boost your creativity levels.
But it’s all about the player.
Minecraft is obviously the huge contestant in this competition of the most creative game out there. To someone who hasn’t actually played minecraft before, it may seem very ‘old’ and boring to them. Yes, Minecraft has the ‘retro’ vibe to it, but in terms of creativity, it is one of the most incredible games out there – available to all ages.
You can build absolutely, astounding structures block-by-block from your own imagination or following someone’s tutorial on YouTube.
This then means minecraft allows players, to not only boost their own creativity levels, but are able to share it with the rest of the world, bringing the Minecraft community together.
Now, Planet Coaster is one of the most addictive games I have ever played.
Playing in sandbox mode makes your imagination run wild like a rollercoaster. However in career mode, you focus more on the satisfaction of the visitors and how much money you having and are earning.
In both modes, you have to manage your park, making sure it’s kept clean and that you have a mechanic to fix your broken rides.
The variety of things you can create is endless. Placing singular planks, walls, windows, doors and roofs to create whatever building you like. Placing track by track to construct a crazy coaster!
You can also completely change the terrain, by increasing or decreasing the height, roughening it up to give it more of a rocky texture or smoothening it out. You can even completely flatten it out for foundations which enables you to build on the terrain with ease.
Sims is pretty creative, in the sense that you can live a life as a normal person or for some people, living as a psycho who cooks their baby in the oven – thats Sims for you… Or the minds of mentally strange gamers.
But lets face it, we have all attempted that whilst playing Sims.
No? Just me…
Anyway, onto a more positive note, Sims allows you to control the life of a different persona making them do whatever you want and designing an accommodation for them.
Believe it or not, Forza is a very creative game.
Your first thoughts are probably “All you do is buy a car, drive around and complete races”.
Well, it’s much more than that.
The release of Forza Horizon 3 is ingenious. You don’t just buy a car and drive it. You can modify, design and tune your car to however you like, making it unique and give it personality.
Portal may not seem like a very creative game, but it’s a puzzle game so it’s all about your imagination.
You need to have a creative mind to unlock each door and pass each level.
Talking about puzzle games, Tetris is the most retro game on this list and has been played by a wide range of people.
It’s simple but effective.
You use your creative knowledge to put the upcoming shapes in the right place to achieve a full line.
So, then you need to think innovatively to achieve your objective.
And then there’s Garry’s Mod.
The most strangest but incredible sandbox game ever created.
Since it’s a sandbox game, you basically do whatever you want. From building odd structures to becoming props and running around.
It’s creative! It all is.
YOU WILL BE MORE SOCIABLE
Okay. So we all have the parents that complain that you spend too much time, sitting in your room and they make you go and play outside so you can ‘socialize’ with others.
Now, parents, you need to listen to this.
Video games are actually sociable!
They bring people together and you can easily make new friends who have the same interests as you.
You are constantly socialising when you are playing video games. Yes, it’s not physical interaction, but it’s pretty close, isn’t it?
I mean, the way technology is going they will probably develop something that allows you to have close-to physical interaction with other players around the world.
That would be cool, but it would probably destroy humanity.
PROVIDES A POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT
Pretty much every video game under the sun is designed to allow players achieve their goals and be rewarded for it.
If the game objective is ‘risky’ but you still complete it because you get rewarded afterwards, this means that you should not be afraid to fail once in awhile.
This way, you should take the chances you have in order to achieve that desired goal.
Gaming actually teaches the ways of successful living and that failing is okay.
THEY ARE FUN
Video games, well they are fun!
You should definitely play video games because they are enjoyable and help you to just chill out.
Playing with friends or against friends is a huge benefit.
It’s a way to hang out with your friends without physically being with them.
Gaming may be expensive.
You can purchase retro consoles for quite cheap. You could probably pick up a ps2 for about £15. If you want next gen consoles, then it would probably cost between £200 to £400.
If you are into PC gaming, a decent PC would probably cost around £600.
And the games themselves could cost a lot, depending on the fact that you want brand new games that have just gone on the market. They will cost you about £50.
But you can easily pick up older preowned games for about £10 to £20 each.
Excluding the price you have to play, it 100% worth it. Because what’s better than enjoying yourself.
Go and buy yourself some video games, so you can blow zombies brains out, assassinate your enemies, explode some tanks and explore beautiful worlds.
THEY CAN BE EDUCATIONAL
Video games can actually teach you a lot. Not only can they teach us life skills, creativity or good decision making, but they can be very educational.
For example, Assassins Creed is like an enjoyable history lesson.
Every part of the game series has been based off real events and the characters used were really people of that time.
It has been said that every enemy you assassinate was actually assassinated at that time and place in real life, making it a massive history lesson.
Like most games, they are set in real life locations. But with added historic backgrounds. For example:
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – 16th century Italy
- Assassin’s Creed Black Flag – Multiple Islands of the Caribbean
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Victorian-era London
This creates a more realistic atmosphere when you play these video games.
Let’s face it, these assassins are definitely better than your history teachers.
AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT…. THEY ARE AN AMAZING STRESS RELIEVER
This will probably be the statement with the most disagreements.
Well, it is a great stress reliever.
Some video games make the majority of people rage and scream their heads off, but letting all of that anger out makes you less stressed in the long run.
A lot of video games like, sandbox, RPG or puzzle games are really good stress relievers. They help you relax and unwind. Games like first-person shooters or just generally ‘violent games’ help you blow off steam.
Going on a killing spree and exploding absolutely everything helps you express any negative thoughts or feelings that you may have, through gameplay.
And surprisingly, studies have shown that you will be able to control your mood a lot more, as you will feel free from stress.
Conveying your anger through gameplay allows you to destroy anything virtually without harming anyone in the real world.
So, what have we learnt today?
That video games are unconditionally awesome and 100% worth your time!