Game on! By: Varun Ganapathy

video games actually go farther than just entertainment.

Education Advantages

Some people are saying that video games go farther than entertainment. Many people claim that video games are a future tool that can accomplish many skills mostly around technology. In New York City, a public school called "Quest to Learn" is trying to show how video games are transforming how students learn and what they learn. Quest to learn has been using the principles of video game creation to write their curriculum. "This curriculum is organized into different missions and quests that have more than one answer to them." Says Ross Flat, assistant principle of the school. Quest to Learn is studying game design using a program called Gamestar Mechanic. When the students complete their gamestar missions, they get awarded tools they can use to make their own video games

The Battle Against Depression

A psycologist of play named Sutton Smith observed that people have stronger self confidence, and larger physical energy during play. "Play is the opposite of depression". Says Sutton Smith. He also realized 1.23 billion people in the world play video games. To those 1.23 billion people, video games are the opposite of depression. When we play video games, two parts of the brain are activated. The (reward pathways) which is the part of your brain that has a lot of motivation and goals. The (hippocampus) is the the part of your brain that contains memory and learning. If you think of it, it makes sense that these two parts of the brain get activated. In order to proceed on to the game many times you need to use these two parts of the brain. When people succeed in one part or learned their mistake, it lightens up their mind and drives them away from sadness and even worse, depression.

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Brain tests

German researchers conducted an experiment to know how video games affect your brain. They asked 23 adults that are around 25 years old to play the famous game ("Super Mario 64") for 30 minutes a day over a period of two months. The researchers also decided to have a completely seperate group that did not play video games at all in those two months. Using an MRI machine they examined the gaming and non-gaming group. They found out that the gaming group had a rise in their hippocampus. "While previous studies have shown different structures of video gamers, the present study can demonstrate the direct casual link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase."Says the study leader Simone Kuhn. "This proves that specific brain regions can be studied by video games".

Works cited

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