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How Video Games Prepare Your Child For the Real World

Video Games have been controversial since graphic technology evolved enough to display human shapes. The first generation of video games, like Pong were so graphically void they portrayed zero violence. Modern counterparts such as Grand Theft Auto are much more advanced graphically and in terms of violent content. And although parents fear the effects of violent video games, violence in video games is similar to violence in movies; the characteristics of a sub-genre do not define the whole spectrum. In fact, the positive potential of video games has just recently been tapped by the development of the Wii-which urges people to be physically active-and other games that promote brain development and have been used to fight memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

So for all the skeptical parents, here is a list of the positive effects video games can have on your child:

– Improved Hand-Eye Coordination and Reflex.

Independent studies have shown that gamers’ reflexes are on average 100 milliseconds faster than non-gamers. Several video games demand precision and เว็บแทงบอลextreme mental nimbleness from the player, which through constant exposure leads to superior reflexes.

– Improved Memory

Do you know who Charizard is? Chances are your child does. Your child probably also knows at what level it evolved from a Charmeleon, at what level it will learn the fire-blast move, and what elements it is strong and weak against. Furthermore, your child likely knows this data about hundreds of other Pokemon and actively uses this information while playing the game. And while none of this may seem useful in the real world, the fact that your child is developing neuron connections and the ability to store and manage massive amount of data is.

– Develop Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Research Skills

But managing data is not enough to be successful at playing video games. Thorough analysis and careful application of data is key to a gamer’s success. Developers fill their games with puzzles and other mentally engaging elements in order to make the game more rewarding and enjoyable to the gamer; because an easy game isn’t usually all that fun. And since challenges are the assets of games, gamers become strategic masters. Take Civilization for example, a game in which you have to manage your people, your limited resources (which includes time), and your armies. Games often require you to make choices and hold you responsible to your decision. Thus planning and research (often conducted online) is another asset that any successful gamer must posses.