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Do Video Games Make You Dumber?

Video games are a form of electronic entertainment which many people view as stimulation that rots brains. However, studies have proved that they do not.


There is a wide variety of types of video games: sandbox, first person shooter, role-playing game (RPG), and puzzles are a few to start. Most (if not all) of these types require the player to use strategies in order to win. Even in so-called “mindless” shooter games, there must be a strategy of taking cover and shooting at key moments. There is also the use of traps and other types of items in the games to lure and defeat opponents. Shooter games also help players train their reaction times, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination, which strengthen the brain to real life situations.

In fact, video games are used by the military to train their troops to potential situations that might occur while in combat. Video games are a safe way to get the troops accustomed to handling stressful situations so they are better prepared on the battlefield. They will be level-headed and fewer mistakes will be made if they are familiar with combat situations.

There are also subtle ways that video games improve brain functions. Oftentimes, gamers are expected to use their powers of observation in order to pick up on small clues that lead them to the next area or a hypothesis on what the plot is about. Video games also test the powers of logic by using small puzzles scattered in the games. Solving these puzzles usually rewards the players with valuable items, which encourages them to try out these puzzles.

Sandbox games are games in which players are essentially god and they determine how the environment is. Playing these games can encourage creativity and thinking outside the box, which are desirable qualities that places of employment look for. Because the gaming algorithms for sandbox games are random, this means they have endless possibilities for the player, even with repeated plays. This teaches the player how to adjust to random events and situations. Skills of adaptation are essential when it comes to real life situations since they are random as well.

A more direct way that video games improve brain function is with puzzle and logic games. These can be simply traditional games put into electronic forms, such as Sudoku puzzles. Regular practice on these games can improve the capacity for memory and can make real life memorization much easier. There are also other games specifically made for improving brain functions and players can see an obvious difference in their capacities after a few days of regular playing.

There are also video games that are directly aimed at being educational, such as games on school subjects for children. Not only do these make children smarter and provide practice at such subjects, but it also makes learning the subjects fun for them. When learning is fun, there is more of a chance for children to absorb the information.

Video games as a whole provide much stimulation for the brain, which disputes the notion that they make people dumber. Although some games seem distasteful, even these offer growth for the brain.


About Dangerous Lee

Writer of essays, short stories and Ask A Black Girl. Author of Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down & The Half Series - When Black People Look White. Webmaster of DangerousLee.biz.


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