Video games are not bad for your mind or body, they actually help them By Michael Duncan

Your mother was wrong. Video games aren’t bad for you, they’re actually improving your mind and body, especially your brain and your hand-eye coordination. Despite arguments over a supposed connection between violence and videogames, there are many academic studies that indicate, playing video games have many psychological and even physical benefits.

In a 2009 study, expert action gamers played first-person shooting games like “Unreal Tournament 2004” and “Call of Duty” while non-experienced action gamers played “The Sims 2.” Those playing the shoot-’em-up games saw a boost in their “contrast sensitivity function,” or the ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of an image. Considered to be one of first of the visual aptitudes to diminish over time, the ability to pick out bright patches is key to tasks like driving at night.

The study indicates that the process of locating and aiming at enemies exercised a gamer’s eyes, and with bad guys unpredictably popping up, the shooting games also helped players learn to analyze optical data as quickly as possible and make split-second decisions. The researchers believe their study shows the potential of video games, especially action games, to serve as an aid in the way we correct bad eyesight.

Too much video game playing makes you socially isolated. That’s just the truth. Also, you may spend less time in other activities such as doing homework, reading, sports, and interacting with family and friends. A study put out by researchers at North Carolina State University, New York University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, points out that gamers usually do not replace their offline social lives with video game playing, but rather expand them. In fact, among gamers, being a loner is not the norm.

Gaming has a very large community. When you play an online game, most of the time you’re playing with people from the same continent. But occasionally you could be playing with a fellow gamer in Japan! That’s really cool! Also, on most all online games you can plug in your headset/microphone and communicate with other players on your team. I personally have good friends that I have met online. My brothers and I played with Darth, J4, and Johnny on “Battlefield Bad Company 2”. To this day, we all still talk and play video games with each other.

There is a lot to be gained from video games such as “Call of Duty,” and the “Battlefield” franchises. A lot of emphasis from these games is the multiplayer. Both of these games provide the player with a need for teamwork. (Even though in “Call of Duty,” not as much is present.)

This teamwork makes the player work together to achieve a final goal of winning the game. This teamwork helps the player not just rely on his own skill, but his teammates as well. Thus, making the player more trusting, and a team player, both in and out of the game.

When video games are played by the correct age/maturity level of people, video games can provide a fantastic hobby, as well as a party activity.

One more thing, people who say that videogames are a waste of time, most likely watch tv shows and movies. So before you say that playing video games are a time waster, think of how much time you spend watching movies and television shows.

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