How Video Games Help Us Grow

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In this article we’re going to look at how video games have the power to help your life, as today, the days of playing Mario Kart alone in your room are mostly gone - today, we have a variety of games that enhance cognitive ability and one’s social life.  Indeed, companies are even gamifying language learning with apps like Duolingo, and a lot of people are opting for strategy based, role playing games, such as Runescape, that can be very positive in helping people develop.

In this vein, let’s take a look at one game in particular, Runescape, which is a fantasy based online game that involves MMORPG (known as Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) created by Jagex.

There have been over 250 million accounts created, with multiple spin-off games, and even a series of books to take into account this very dedicated fanbase, in fact, RuneScape is one of the most popular franchises of online games in history.


These types of games have the potential to enhance one’s social life and team building skills, as even though the games are often played by yourself in your bedroom, there are still real people behind the players, and in today’s ever evolving digital landscape preparing people for remote teamwork is a huge positive.


With over 15 years of RuneScape, you’d think their game would be old news by now, and long forgotten in the vast expanse of new games hitting the market, yet RuneScape is stronger than ever?


If we look at something like Rollercoaster Tycoon, Candy Crush or 4RS Gold in addition to many family video games, few would argue these games are a dangerous influence, indeed, they can be helpful to one’s cognitive development - yet, when we look more toward action packed games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto there is a reason to consider the fact these violent games could be having a negative influence, particularly on young minds.


The challenge with gaming comes when someone spends too much time playing video games; as this form of continual detachment and dissociation isn’t healthy and can lead to a number of social issues… but in small doses, gaming has been proven to benefit a person’s mental and emotional health.

Specifically, video games have been known to improve self-esteem, confidence, and intellect in terms of thinking strategically.  Today, as there are around 1.2 billion people playing video games throughout the world, all of whom are connected by the internet, gaming has become a much more social affair than it once was - meaning there’s now an element of teamwork one can access, which offers a platform to make new friends.


Many parents view their teenagers to be wasting away their life by spending time playing computer games, yet if gaming is just one part of your life, it can be a welcome relief to the rigours of modern day living; for instance, it gives you some alone time, and having this downtime where you can destress and unwind to the point it can actually put you in a meditative state - is very helpful to your emotional health.

In conclusion, gaming doesn’t have to be a bad influence in a person’s life it can be both a help and a hinderance, depending on how you manage it.   Yet if it gaming starts taking over your life to the point all you do is play video games then this level of gaming might have turned into an addiction and in this case, it might be worth looking at getting help with this.

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