Positive Aspects of Playing Video Games: It Assists and Encourages a Person’s Ability to Process Different Kinds of Information at Once
When a person plays a video game, he or she will never be able to tell you or pin point one particular activity that they are engaged with at any point of time during the game. And if you ask, you will often get a series of answers (if they deign to interrupt their concentration on the game to answer you at all, that is) like fighting enemies, avoiding traps, collecting artifacts and points to improve their score or upgrade their player character’s abilities, doubling back to collect something else, performing a series or combinations of moves, interacting with other players, etc.
In fact, a non-gamer will often wonder how a gamer is able to concentrate on all that and still move their fingers over the buttons on the keyboard or console with such precision to control their character without even taking their eyes off the screen. A non-gamer might also shake their head and wander away from the gamer before they get a headache as well. (Hey, the gaming community is a famous yet still developing and little-known community for a reason!)
The great part about video games though is that it constantly forces the player to test their limits and get faster, more precise, smarter, and more strategic the more the gamer plays a game. It gives the gamer an adrenalin rush without the player ever having to move from their seat. Only their fingers do the work physically, but their minds are constantly busy processing multiple things happening at once. And all this is what makes a gamer an avid fan of video games in the first place.
It might be just a medium of entertainment. But it is engaging and exciting and a gamer is never happier than when he or she is “plugged in” to the game. Gamers have the time of their lives this way.
However, it isn’t nice to diss video games by saying that the only value they have is by being entertaining to its players. For that’s far from it. It’s like saying that all an athlete is doing is entertaining himself or herself with their sport. What about strength? What about agility? What about the health benefits of the sport? And what about the sheer skill involved?
In the same way, video games too assist in developing certain skills in its gamers. And it shouldn’t be a surprise. Even a non-gamer can see how challenging video games can be, and how much effort it takes to improve and get better at it. So with such a challenging task, it is ludicrous to think that a gamer will earn no other benefit than “entertainment” value.
In fact, one will find that gamers often have the ability to process a wide array of information at impressive speeds. Gamers will tend to even be able to handle multiple mental tasks simultaneously, and outwardly with little extra effort. It will seem to just come naturally to them. And why shouldn’t it? True that a gamer might not literally “die” if they lose a game. But “surviving” on that virtual platform and playing that world is the whole point of video games and why they are entertaining to gamers in the first place. Hence, processing different kinds of information and handling multiple activities at once is an ability that all gamers tend to develop.
So gamers, give yourselves a pat on the back. It’s not easy to do what you do. Be proud of it!