Press start, fellow members! For today is the day that I open your minds to a source of mental and physical well being which can truly take you to the
Terrible puns aside, the purpose of this thread is to spread the word about the positive effects that video games have on us, because for far too long
the media has blamed and scrutinized the gaming industry for many of the ills that occurs in society. And as a gamer who's played in each of the last
four decades, I feel it's my duty to rid the medium of it's stigmas in this thread that took over 45 minutes of research.
Video games can improve your health
The general consensus amongst philistines is that gamers are fat lazy couch potatoes with a controller in one hand and a pack of Doritos in the
But in reality, the last decade saw a big momentum shift towards games that required physical exertion. Products such as the Nintendo Wii and
Microsoft's Kinect have proven to be so effective that they have been deployed in nursing homes to get the elderly more active, which is not too
shabby for products that supposedly turn your children into murderous cultists.
Video games can improve mental cognition
One elderly gamer, Barrie Edgar, said: "It's a very pleasant distraction and it's great fun to have electronic gadgets in the home.
"I didn't know how my daughter's Nintendo games worked before, but we've all really enjoyed playing it and the games are good for you as well."
Jayne Naylor, Sunrise Director, said she cant tear the pensioners away from the Wii, and will be organising leagues so the fun-loving residents can
make their games more competitive.
"It helps their coordination, memory and keeps them fit and active."
Us gamers push many people's buttons (sorry but I couldn't help myself) and that's what many people believe that's all us gamers actually do. But
there is more to it then just mashing buttons, there are some games out there that have elements that can be applied to everyday life from fiscal
solvency to ancient history.
Educators know this, which is why they have been utilizing video games to help people such as young students, vets with PTSD, medical personnel, and
so forth. Hell If it wasn't for games like 'the incredible machine' or 'gizmos and gadgets' I may not have developed the passion for science that I
Virtual reality offers returning soldiers 'psychotherapy by computer' to treat PTSD. For those soldiers worried about the stigma associated
with seeing a therapist, virtual reality applications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be the alternative to the
traditional "talk therapy."
Video games can improve social consciousness
David Williamson Shaffer, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Wisconsin, Madison, argued that
video games have the potential to serve as tremendous educational tools. According to Shaffer, the question is, "How can we use the power of video
games as a constructive force in schools, homes, and workplaces?"
Video games, he noted, can help kids work with planning and problem-solving. Games that require players to search, negotiate, plan various approaches
in order to advance to a new level, and implement strategies can help improve children's brain development. The process of understanding game rules
and learning by doing provides children with essential decision-making skills.
Maim, kill, repeat. This is the ultimate objective in any video game, according to the prudes handbook. But what they don't realize is that for more
than a decade games have been presenting their controllers with moral choices that have profound effects and consequences.
But the big mistake that the MSM makes is that they believe that video games enable the darker side of ourselves, and providing us the option of being
'evil' only exacerbates the problem. But if you were ask any gamer if they'd prefer taking the good path or the bad path, nine out of ten of them will
tell you they took the good path. And in reality many game developers reward those who make positive moral decisions more than those who choose more
dubious moral decisions.
I can't actually provide any evidence besides my gaming buddies, and the truth is that millions of gamers worldwide are outstanding citizens who's
morals aren't besmirched by video games, but try telling that to
Boffins like this:
Neuroscientific studies show reduced cognitive brain functions in individuals exposed to violent media. The greater the experience with
violent media, the lower was the activation of brain areas for thinking, learning, reasoning and emotional control. Talk about dumbing down the kids!
In my view, violent media should be considered a health risk as great as tobacco use
Thanks Prof, I never realized gaming tripled my chance of getting lung cancer, I had better cut down.
Gaming can help you sleep
Yours truly can personally attest to the positive effects that video games has on a sleeping mind. At least one publication has done a study proving
that gaming improves lucid dreaming. And dreaming is linked to R.E.M sleep, and we all know that R.E.M sleep is vital for a good nights rest.
The first study suggested that people who frequently played video games were more likely to report lucid dreams, observer dreams where they
viewed themselves from outside their bodies, and dream control that allowed people to actively influence or change their dream worlds – qualities
suggestive of watching or controlling the action of a video-game character.
So there you have it, and not a character to spare. It's high time that video games are not considered the scapegoat and rather the Samaritan, and
it's time for the media should start recognizing video games for their positive effects and not the negatives.
Until next time, may your aim be true and your thumbs be swift.
edit on 23-3-2014 by Thecakeisalie because: (no reason given)