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Know the advantages of being the best in video games

Know the advantages of being the best in video games

Some video games improve the ability to work as a team.  Photo: Electronic Arts Inc./YouTube/dpa
Some video games improve the ability to work as a team. Photo: Electronic Arts Inc./YouTube/dpa

For a long time, video games had the bad reputation of generating unhealthy habits and producing addictions among their users. Nothing is further from reality, because if you know how to use these games properly by console, computer or cell phone, it could bring great benefits to people.

These are some of the benefits of enjoying a few minutes a week of video games.

Manual dexterity

Those who have played Horizon Forbidden West will understand that the skills required to defeat a monster are not few. In this type of game, the ability to connect the brain with the hands is required to press the necessary keys at the right time.

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It turns out that these types of games can help improve people’s manual dexterity, as well as increase hand-eye coordination.

According to Acer, a study conducted among medical surgeons found that those who played video games in their spare time were 27% faster and made 37% fewer errors in their surgical procedures than specialists who did not play.

Finally, improving these skills through video games can help with activities in practical life such as writing or riding a bicycle.

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Problem resolution

Games could also help improve problem-solving skills, especially strategy or role-playing games.

This type of game encourages its users to solve problems quickly, like in The Talos Principle, where the answer to riddles must be found to open doors.

Decision making

In fast-paced FPS games, the cognitive skills of perception, tension control, and decision making will be necessary if you want to successfully finish the game.

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Games like FIFA 22 or driving simulators encourage quick decision making. And proposals like Civilization or Total War will drive timely decision making.

With the above, a study revealed that those who play real-time strategy, outperformed shooters in cognitive flexibility. But Frames Per Second (FPS) gamers develop an easier time switching between tasks quickly in their day-to-day activities.

These types of games help in making quick decisions and motivate people to take healthy risks.

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improve memory

Video games could help improve people’s memory since, for example, exploring the territories of Zelda, GTA V, Cyberpunk 2077 would stimulate spatial memory. A study from the University of California (2015) showed that those who used video games in their free time performed better on memory tests

Another study in older adults revealed that after 12 weeks of playing Angry Birds and Super Mario, their memory skills improved.

Social skills

With the development of information and communication technologies, video games are no longer an activity that is done alone, since most current games have important online communities, where people meet to interact and get to know each other. , discussing different topics of interest.

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In games like World of Warcraft, relying on other players online is important in order to survive within this virtual world, hunting, gathering items, and fighting other characters.

Likewise, an analysis by the University of Wisconsin found that in the chat rooms of this game, users tend to discuss different topics such as scientific thought.

Multitask

In strategy games, different activities must be carried out at the same time if you want to win games: organizing armies, planning battles or building fortresses must be implemented in a short time, otherwise the enemy will win.

According to a study carried out by a group of scientists from the University of Rochester, action video games prepare people to make the right decisions in short periods of time, thus stimulating the ability to multitask.

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enhanced vision

Due to the speed with which different events occur in video games, attention to detail, peripheral vision and the ability to follow objects with the eyes at a faster speed could be improved.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) states that games can improve spatial resolution, allowing gamers to see things more clearly. However, screens tend to deteriorate the health of the eyes, so it is advisable to take breaks to rest.

Mental health

Video games, being a form of entertainment, help people relax after an exhausting day of work or strengthen interpersonal relationships with multiplayer games with their partner, friends or family, thus improving the emotional health of users.

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