Four reasons to play more video games

By February 3, 2012Featured Articles

You love video games. You can play them for hours without ever getting bored. But the problem is, some people may not approve of your gaming for such long periods of time and suggest you pick up a new hobby.  Something more… “productive.”

Well, we’re here to help with that. Below are four legitimate reasons why video games are beneficial and basically good for you:

  1. Playing video games helps treat lazy eye – A study conducted by vision researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has found that playing video games can actually help improve the vision of adults with amblyopia, or lazy eye. The participants of the study experienced improved visual acuity and 3D perception after spending 40 hours playing video games.
  2. Video games and virtual realities can help stroke victims – Findings from research published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation indicate that playing computer games can improve a patient’s recovery from paralysis after a stroke. The study found that using computer games and robotic training aids improved both arm and hand functions.
  3. Video games let you be your ideal selfScientists at the University of Essex wanted to know what made people love video games so much. They found that it has to do with the fact that video games allow people to act the way they wish they could in real life – brave, daring, bold. It’s a way to use your imagination to be who you have always wanted to be.
  4. People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may benefit from video games – A study conducted at the University of Oxford found that some games may help people with PTSD. The game that researchers found to be particularly helpful in reducing stressful flashbacks was Tetris.

There you have it. Four research-proven reasons why video games are useful. Do you have other reasons why people should play video games? Let us know in the comments section!

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  • Video games also can be a very potent form of art, which is why a lot of storylines can get you interested. It’s like an interactive movie, or a book in which you can be the main character(s) and sometimes even change the plot. Like stated above, it definitely helps take your mind off of something stressful and can keep you interested very easily. I don’t mean the typical war shooter game; I mean games like RPG’s that have very involved plotlines such as the Tales series or the Final Fantasy series.

    As for another reason why people should play video games, they can bring people together. Multiplayer games can bring friends together and even create new ones. They give people something to talk about and help people relate to each other.

  • Great…! It’s a way to use your imagination to be who you have always wanted to be.

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