Oct 25

The Real Benefits of Playing Games

By Adam Norris | Video Games

You’ve probably heard every time you play a game for more than 3 hours that you’re just wasting your time as you are getting nothing from it. Playing games must have some benefits, right? I mean there can be a lot of useful and educational information in it. Also, there are puzzles in games that encourage your brain to think differently to solve the puzzle and unlock the door or whatever the objective in the game it is. So let’s see what benefits you can gain from playing video games.

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Learn or Upgrade your Language skills.

Every modern game and plenty of oldies have an option to change the language. This is extremely useful if you want to learn the language or even increase your knowledge of it. Motivation was always the key in the learning process. And what better motivation do you need than playing a game. To do what the game asks of you, you need to understand the objective. And to get the objective right you need to figure out what they tried to say. And as you progress in whatever language you can advance to more difficult games with more challenging puzzles. So learning a language is definitely one of the possible benefits that we mentioned earlier.

Improve your sight.

Despite people saying that games can ruin your sight and make you blind, researchers found that playing games actually helps you see better. This happens because usually in games you have to focus on something that is far away and things that are in front of your face. Also, you need to pay attention to many details in order to prevail. This way the muscles that help the iris expand and shrink gets stronger. It’s like going to a gym for eyeball muscles to put it in simpler terms. So go ahead, play games all you want especially if you have problems with your vision, your sight can only get better and better with each hour of the game played.

Learn History.

Many games has accurate historical information, especially point and click and games that don’t focus on a simple arcade or hack and slash. So if you like to learn about ancient Greece or any other country you should play games that have their mythology or something about their history in it. You can learn all sorts of stuff, and you’ll be surprised by the amount of seemingly unimportant information these games contain. Try out different genres and find out which one is the most educational. Then just stick to that genre. The importance of the small things matters, because although you might not learn all you can about Greece by playing Age of Mythology, you will get a pretty good idea what their deities were all about and how their inhabitants behaved.

Now that you have even more reason to play video games you can dive into the dark corner of your room and play your favorite game.

Sep 21

How Video Games Can Make One Smart

By Adam Norris | Gaming News

A lot has been said about the bad effects of gaming. If you think about it, computer or console games are just like any other popular activities. They are entertaining and can be addictive just like the rest. But it’s only gaming that gets so many thumbs down from parents.

Instead of being called a hobby, it’s called a time-waster and a no brainer. Furthermore, a lot of people (parents and those from media, primarily) blame computer games for some youngsters violent or anti-social behavior.

These people feel very confident with what they’re claiming because they say they have research to back them up.

But there’s also a good deal of research that says that gaming can actually be good for the brain. For the parents out there, yes, video games can make your kids smart.

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Here’s how It trains one to follow instructions- A gamer would definitely not enjoy the experience if he doesn’t know how to follow the game guide. Simple games teach little kids when and which of the computer’s arrow keys to press. The difficult games offer a more complex set of instructions for the older players.

And don’t underestimate the instructions in games because they can really be tricky. Following instructions is a valuable skill that one has to use in school. It enhances memory. How often do parents give their children foods and supplements that enhance the memory?

They should know that gaming helps improve their children’s memory. In other words – gaming is the best supplement that enhances one’s memory that you can get for free some times.

 As your child plays a particular game, he will be able to memorize each of its stages bit by bit. He may not realize it at once, but he is able to memorize which keys to press for a move. He knows when each opponent will appear (if it’s RPGs that he’s into), and what keys to press for a certain move.

And isn’t superb memory a distinct characteristic of smart people? We can get that in gaming. It develops reasoning- there are many strategies that a gamer can think of to beat an opponent.

While playing the game, he comes up with his own reasons or justifications for using a particular strategy. As he progresses, the challenges become harder, and therefore the player has to think more in order to overcome an obstacle.

It is like the player is in a science lab trying to figure out which formula or solution to use in a certain experiment. He’ll try every strategy just like a hypothesis, then concludes in the end which weapon or move will defeat the enemy.

Video games aren’t dumb, there are only good and great games. Some people like more complex games, while some people like simple games just to have fun and kill some time. Of course, the more complex the games, the more your brain works.

Therefore, video games are not only for fun – they are for improving your memory, brain and overall cognitive functions – it just sometimes that we don’t see that.

Aug 17

Why We Enjoy Playing Video Games

By Adam Norris | Gaming News , Online Gaming , Video Games

Games have always been around people, simply because humans have been looking for ways to entertain themselves even at the dawn of humankind. Over time, games became more elaborate and more sophisticated, until the age of electronics came when they moved into the virtual world. Nowadays, gaming is predominantly performed with the help of modern screens, hi-tech consoles, or sophisticated mobile devices, and the phenomenon of video games has taken over the world. Gaming has even grown into a serious business, and this multimillion industry is still expanding and making further progress. But, the secret of video games is still unknown to some people, and they are making claims that gaming is bad for our health and that video games are something “evil”, something “sent by the Devil himself”.

GTY_video_game_playing_jef_131211_16x9_992Of course, many video games contain the character of Satan, but the reality is far from being so black and surreal. The games are a form of art, and even though a lot of people do not appreciate this art form, gaming continues to amaze its fans and followers, who are growing in numbers as we speak. Modern video games are marvelously done when it comes to visual appearance, and players are often astonished by the quality of the effects. The quality of sound effects is also taken to incredible heights, and all of these improvements help to take players away from the imaginary world and make them forget about the reality.

Aside from those technical elements, modern video games have an interesting and complex storyline, and players are drawn into the drama and the plot just like they are watching a movie or a TV show. Storytelling is becoming a lost art, but video games are still preserving the charm and the importance of a good story. Since characters and the environment are different from the reality, gamers have the chance to “escape from everyday lives”, which means that they can forget, even if it’s just for a short period, about the boredom of life, about their jobs, problems, and so on.

Also, games require that we invest some effort in solving the tasks and defeating the enemies, and this can result in a strong feeling of success. Self-confidence can rise from the fact that we have been able to solve something difficult and complicated, and we all love when we accomplish something challenging. Problem-solving skills are necessary for most games, and if you manage to solve all the puzzles, avoid all the traps, etc., you will certainly feel better about yourself, and this is another strong reason why we play video games and come back to them so frequently. The chemicals in our brains are causing a reaction that is similar to addiction, and some gamers have developed serious problems with being unable to quit the game and get back to the real world, but these cases are extremely rare and the secret to everything is in moderation. If you play video games at a normal rate, without exaggeration, you will only experience the benefits of this activity.

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