Positive Effects of Video Games on Society
Since time immemorial, human beings have been playing games in their spare time. This helps them strengthen their bond and escape from everyday stresses of life. These games have also been evolving with changing times. In past centuries, board games were the in the thing, but today they are a thing of the past, played by a select few. Most games today are played on computers as even those board games have also been impacted by technology and are also played on computers. Computer games are sometimes called video games. This technology has brought with it new games and children today are spending so much of their time behind computer screens playing these games. Some of these computer games are played over the internet and you find that they are playing against people who are halfway across the world. Time spent by people playing games on the computer has become worrying and most parents are fighting this trend by claiming these games are not helpful to the children playing them. Computer games are not all bad as people claim. Yes, the players spend so much time on their gadgets, but we cannot ignore the benefits of these games.
Computer games are greatly increasing the players’ eye to hand coordination as most of these games requires a high ability of this coordination. The player is focused on the screen but the hands do most of the work. This equips them with skills they can use somewhere in the future.
These games also greatly improve the players’ decision-making skills. Some games happen in real time and they require the player to make that decision fast or they it will be game over for them. Just by sitting there playing that game, your child might be getting a skill that is not taught anywhere.
There are games that require the players be in teams. These games are also fitted with a communication platform, be it headphones or a chat forum embedded in the game. These games particularly enforce the importance of teamwork as the player soon realizes that he or she needs the other members of the team for them to be successful. You cannot honestly ignore this simple fact. These games will also help in their communication skills as they plan out attacks.
Some games have levels that are too difficult and the player keeps on failing over and over again until they learn a trick to get over it. This will teach the person to handle failure and not take it personally, creating a wholesome human being. This will also teach them the value of persistence, and to keep on trying until they get it right. These are worthy skills as they go through life and could easily lead to their success in other fields.
Some games are so fascinating but use a language not understood by the player. A person will play it nevertheless, and in the end, they will have learnt the basics of that other language, fostering second language acquisition.
Time to end the stereotypes. Video games do more for the society than it realizes.