Video Games, Friend or Foe

Video Games, Friend or Foe

In the early 1980’s, video games were coming out. At first, they were aimed at males and young children. Now, video games are being programmed for children, teens, young adults, elderly, and men and women alike. Video games are played in places like: schools, medical facilities, the military, senior centers, and training facilities. Playing video games use to have a stigma about them…..all you do is play games, you just sit in your room, etc. Guess what people? It’s time to turn that around. Whether you have gaming wars about video games being a friend or foe in your house, playing them has been tied to helping both physically and mentally in children, professionals, and every day people.

 

Every one has heard that video games are bad for our children. But did you know that although the the sales of video games,at 5.5 billion from 1999 until 2007, has increased to 9.5 billion in sales, the violent crimes among youth has declined. There have been many articles out and about with ‘proof’ of video games hurting our children now and in the future. Resent studies have shown that playing video games teaches attention spans, improves memory, you’ll have better co-ordination, you can multi task easier, makes it so you’ll have faster reaction time, and helps boost your mental abilities. Video games teach strategy, problem solving, how to be a team player, they promote exercise and health. Dr. Ezriel Kornel, from WebMD.com, has proved that playing video games improves hand-eye co-ordination, and improves the ability to make split second decisions.

There are specific games you can play to help different problems. Playing video games empowers students to interact with knowledge, push boundaries, and find solutions with real time feed back. They encourage students/children to find ‘creative’ solutions to complex problems.There are a lot of games that have parts of history, and science in them. when children see something interesting, a lot of times they will look the information up, and many times get a ‘history lesson’.

Gaming isn’t just for children and teens. ONR research,(Office of Naval Research), did a study that showed if adults play video games it would help them to process information much faster and improve fundamental abilities, and to reason better and solve problems. Did you know that 70% of major employers now provide software and video games for their employees training? At any age of an adult, playing video games can improve make you cognitively younger, and helps fight anger. Playing games can help you to learn/earn your attention span back, and improve multi tasking skills.
We can’t forget about how video gaming is helping the elderly. Video games are helping the elderly with memory loss, and their cognitive thinking. The video games have also been helpful by providing physical exercise. The exercise games also provide vital nutrition information. They also teach you habits that are good for your health.

Now that you have some facts about video gaming, and just read about how much it helps all ages of people from all walks of life, it’s time for you to decide. Are you sick of video game wars and need to know if they’re your friend or foe?

By  Crystal Ervin

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