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Video Games: Good or Bad?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Multimedia
 
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Video Games: Good or Bad?

That surely is an interesting question, isn’t it? If you’re an avid video game player, I’ve got a fun one for you today! You’ll definitely want to check this one out, so keep on reading!

While it may be disliked by parents, girlfriends and wives around the world, the video game industry is a permanent part of our world. From its humble beginnings in the 1980s, the video game industry has exploded into a ten billion dollar subculture.

Hopefully, you can use some of this information to help convince the non-gamers in your life that you’re not just wasting your time. It probably won’t change their attitude a great deal, but it should help. However, if you’re neglecting your homework, your relationship or your hygiene due to video games, well, you may need more help than this article can give you! Below are some advantages to playing video games. Who knew?!

Stress Relief

Video games are an excellent way to relieve stress. In fact, for the average non-gamer, spending 15 to 20 minutes a day playing an easy to learn, though difficult to conquer, game like Tetris or Minesweeper, will do wonders for stress relief. However, the more complex and involved games may actually be more effective than their simpler brethren.

Some people read a book or watch a movie as a way to get their mind off of their problems. Basically, they allow people to be transported to a fictional world for awhile. In that area, video games are actually the most effective form of release, because they provide a deeper and more encompassing transportation.

Improved Logic

Logical thinking is, sadly, a skill that seems to be mostly ignored in public education these days. It’s truly sad, because finely tuned logical abilities are critically important in our world. Nearly all video games train your mind in thinking logically.

Quicker Decision Making

This tends to go hand-in-hand with the previous example. Logical skills are a good thing, but they lose their luster if used slowly. Quick thinking skills are a good thing, but can be disastrous without proper logic. Putting the two together, however, can have an immensely beneficial impact on your life. Most games give you a time limit on reaching a decision, either in the form of a formal timer or in the form of somebody rushing at you with a shotgun or sword.

These three arguments are actually enough to make me believe that everyone should play video games. Everyone knows that stress relief is becoming more important as our world becomes increasingly stressful. Quick decision making and logical reasoning are huge assets in life. So, the next time somebody starts ragging on you about “wasting your time” playing video games, you can fill them in just a little bit on the fact that you’re actually giving your brain one heck of a work out!

See, wasn’t that fun?!

~ Paramjeet Singh

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