Why You Should Play Video Games

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Most people play video games nowadays. Whether it’s a casual session of Words with Friends or an all night binge on World of Warcraft, over half of the US plays video games, and as a species, humans play about 3 billion hours a week (about 125 million days worth, or 342,239 years).

Most kids will have played about 10,000 hours worth of video games by the time they’re 21, which is about the same amount of time they’ll spend in school.

But what do video games do for us?

Well, to start with, “playing video games can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions.” Video games can also help fight depression, and in clinical trials they can even outperform medication. Not only that, video games can help surgeons make less mistakes.

Games make kids more creative. Video games can even bring families together, and research has shown that it’s quite a bit better than a passive activity like watching television. People who play together, stay together! Well, not really, but playing video games together has been shown to improve your disposition towards the people you play with (even when you get beat…badly).

Video games are a young technology, but the average gamer is now 37 years old. Video games aren't just meant for kids, they’re meant for everyone. The old and young (and all the somewhere in-betweens) can all benefit from a little more play time.

Oh, and here’s someone using virtual reality goggles and an omni-directional treadmill to play a game.

If you're interested in checking games out from the library, check out this blog post by Eric.

As always, make good decisions when checking out games for your kids!

- K

Comments

At the end of a hard day sometimes it is very cool to kill some zombie or monsters to relieve stress. So the game is not as bad as it seems..

Video games are not only bad for you but also they are actually making your life better.We need to understand now what exactly about these games is leading to these changes, and whether these cognitive boosts are permanent.In February, the Italian researchers presented evidence that playing fast-paced video games can improve the reading skills of children with dyslexia.

Video Games can also make you smarter. I enjoyed this cool video on the topic:

http://gamecertified.com/can-playing-video-games-be-good-for-you-this-is-what-studies-have-shown/

All in all, I have to say that playing video games has really helped me bring my creativity to the next level in several areas of life.

I recommend the book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better. It's an awesome read!

In my day all you needed was a Joystick and ONE button! As an 80"s Teen I spent a lot of time and money in the Video Arcades. My first job was to fund my playing habits. Honestly, video games kept me out of trouble too! It helped me to avoid the drug and alcohol scene and I even gained some notoriety being the best at a few games.

I still have friends today that I made at the arcades. I suspect video games lead me to reading Sci Fic, enjoying history class (particularly world wars and conflicts :), team play, other types of games and gaming, animation & cartoons, and even Origami from puzzle type games. I also think my eye-hand coordination has always stayed strong due to playing.

I envy the Teens today who have a lot more to choose from and the online aspect of gaming bringing people together from all over the world. If I was a gaming Teen today I know I would have pursued the multiple job opportunities that surely exist in this era! Go gamers!

I have been a gamer from the start of gaming.I had pong.Over the years gaming has been bashed for any number of reasons.I have defended it as a great hobby.It is perfect for apartments because it takes up little space.We who love video gaming appreciate what you blogged. Thank you.

It's great to see that gaming means a lot to so many people. For me personally, playing video games helped me learn to read (thank you Final Fantasy I), so it has a special place in my heart. Here's a picture of a big ol' thumbs up for you:

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- K

Awesome blog Keegan! keep up the good work... Also thank you for referencing my blog post into your's.

Of course man! You were my impetus for writing this one in the first place, so thank you.

- K

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