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Gaming for Good - The Benefits of Playing Video Games

August 7th, 2013 Games

Some people tout video games as unproductive activities that yield no benefits. While staring at a screen while you press buttons and swivel a controller's joystick may seem like time wasted to some, other experts have uncovered a variety of merits when it comes to playing video games.

Educational

According to LifeIsJustAGame.com, schools are starting to implement video games in order to teach children valuable skills. While the lessons of math and spelling are the same, some education professionals see games as a great way to connect with the next generation of budding minds. You can also get your little ones to love learning by purchasing fun and educational games for Nintendo Wii or Nintendo DS.

Healing

Most people will testify that videogames are a definite distraction, and hospitals have used this to their advantage. SelfGrowth.com reports that medical centers are letting their little patients play games after a painful procedure to help them keep their minds off the pain. Hospitals also use them to help recovering patients regain their motor skills after they've suffered a traumatic injury.

Teamwork

In the business world and in school, you have to work in groups using teamwork and cooperation skills. Video games, especially ones that you play live on the internet, force you into difficult situations where you have to work with others, many times just by verbally communicating on a headset.

Assimilation

While you may think that you know better than your child, Psychology Today Magazine asserts that children are better than adults in exploring and garnering skills that are useful for assimilating into and functioning in a culture. Your child's penchant for video games isn't necessarily a characteristic of laziness, but a proclivity to gain access to our age's most useful tool - the computer.