Video Games

2016 TUESDAY

What are the educative benefit of playing video games

most recent issue of the American Journal of Play (Fall, 2014) includes an article(link is external) by researchers Adam Eichenbaum, Daphne Bavelier, and C. Shawn Green summarizing recent research demonstrating long-lasting positive effects of video games on basic mental processes--such as perception, attention, memory, and decision-making. Most of the research involves effects of action video games


Game Logic

In shooting games, the character may be running and shooting at the same time. This requires the real-world player to keep track of the position of the character, where he/she is heading, his speed, where the gun is aiming, if the gunfire is hitting the enemy, and so on. All these factors need to be taken into account, and then the player must then coordinate the brain’s interpretation and reaction with the movement in his hands and fingertips.

Problem solving and logic

When a child plays a game such as The Incredible Machine, Angry Birds or Cut The Rope, he trains his brain to come up with creative ways to solve puzzles and other problems in short bursts.

Taking Knowledge from games

Other researchers, however, have found that playing video games can have some positive effects. Some psychologists say that gaming helps teens learn, become more understanding of other people's feelings, and improve their overall outlook on life.