Video games and their impact on gamers

People have the wrong picture of the influence of the video games on people that play them. A minority of people shouts about negative influences of games, and their voice is carried around the globe. But when you sit down and think about it, you will find out that video games have a very positive influence on people.

Through discussion of things that gamers learn from games, we will prove that games are good and educational. The education they bring isn’t math or biology, and it’s about life and how to deal with various obstacles you run into.

Things that games teach people who play them

Games teach us how to balance the risk versus return. They teach us to check whether it is right for us to risk something to gain higher return in the future. Judging whether the return is valuable enough to risk losing something is a skill many people lack and the fact that games teach people to do that, is a sufficient proof of games helping people. Kids that play online games have to deal with problems on their own and they don’t carry the stress other activities more than often have. This creates an environment that allows gamers to think without the pressure and the results that come out of it are positive.

20150318185517-xbox-360-microsoft-video-gamesProblem-solving is another skill that you can learn through video games. To be a gamer and play an array of different games, you will need high analytical skills. Everyone buys the same game, and we all face same problems in it. Some people find answers to those problems and progress onwards, while other get stuck and they have to refer to the internet to continue. Even the best gamer, the one that finds easy and fast solutions to difficult obstacles, experienced frustration and they had to work slowly to overcome hard obstacles. That developed their problem-solving skills and right now they can find solutions to problems others struggle with.

Explaining how those skills can be used in everyday life would be just a waste of time. As we all know, if you can be calm in the front of a problem and use analytical skills to assess it, then you will be able to come up with options on how to solve it.

What else can we learn from video games?

mode-solutionSome lessons we can find in video games are life-changing. For example, gamers learn that nothing is permanent. Kids that don’t play games don’t learn it until much later. Only a few things will last a lifetime (forever), and gamers learn not to attach themselves to things that aren’t permanent.

Games also teach us about the existence of a solution, and they show us that there is a solution to every problem and that it’s up to us to find it. No matter how hard a boss is, how complicated a puzzle is or how tough a math test is, there is a solution to all things. The crucial thing is never to give up and to search for the solution until we find it.

Marvin Guidry

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