The Benefits of Gaming
Gaming is often seen as a lazy nerd’s pastime, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s an incredibly efficient way of keeping yourself mentally stimulated, often physically fit, and ensuring that your reaction time and problem solving skills are challenged regularly. So what are the benefits, in detail?
1) Mental Exercise
Contrary to popular belief, gaming is actually a lot of work. You’re going to have to figure out where to shoot, how to solve a physics-based puzzle, or how to sneak through an enemy base undetected. A lot of the challenges you’ll face are logic and physics puzzles – throwing a grenade in-game can teach you a lot about trajectory and momentum. Not too bad, for a war simulator.
2) Physical Fitness
That’s right – gaming is not just a couch-based activity, and it hasn’t been for years. Just Dance, Wii Sports, even those who play while walking on a treadmill, or someone who might use an exercise bike to power their monitor, each mile giving them another hand or two on Partypoker. You’ll come away feeling fit and healthy, and as a bonus, you’ve spent the time playing videogames!
3) Reaction Time
There’s a reason some games are often described using the word “twitch“. You need to be seriously fast when playing some games – they’re not always a relaxing experience. You’ll need to be on your toes and aware throughout, and this is just the sort of experience that’ll have you coming out of it with your heart pounding, either victorious or wanting to have another go. Also, I should note here that we’re talking not strictly about videogames.
Games aren’t bad for you – sure, too much of them is, but that goes for anything from bananas to heroin. It’s a fun pastime to have and there are so many different games – even if you only play Angry Birds on your phone, you’re a gamer. Scrabble? Gamer. So enjoy it – it just might improve you.