Video Games Have More Benefits Than You Realize

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In between all the articles that you see on violence in video games, you may have noticed an occasional article on a benefit or two. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are so many benefits to playing video games that they can change your life and the world you live in. I have just published a new book, The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games, that takes a look at the many studies and articles from the past decade to bring to light the real truth about video games.

These are the topics that The Gamer Generation covers:

  • Social Benefits
  • Physical and Health Benefits
  • The Other side of the Violent Video Game argument
  • Cognitive Benefits
  • Video Games in Education
  • Educational Value of Creating Video Games
  • Business and Careers
  • Serious Video Games
  • Family Connections

The book also includes many resources for those that want to learn more on the topic. A few quotes from The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games:

  1. We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing – George Bernard Shaw
  2. Video Games are bad for you? That’s what they said about Rock ‘n Roll.  – Shigeru Miyamoto
  3. Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable. – Carl Jung
  4. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Herbert Gerjuoy
  5. It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. – Leo F. Buscaglia

Eventually video games will be taken more seriously. The word “game” still makes that difficult, especially for  baby boomers who did not grow up with video games.  However, as you will see in The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games, the advances that games are making in healthcare, education and many other areas are getting too big to ignore.

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See also:
Video Game Created to Detect Vision Problems in Children
National Game Design Competition for Teens and Tweens
Video Games in Education Slideshare
Interview on The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games
Games for Change Award Nominees and Winners

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  1. They do have a lot of great benefits as long as they are not abused. My husband plays ALL the stinking time and nothing gets done around the house. I am stressed because I have to do all the stuff he doesn’t do on top of my daily mommy stuff.

  2. Shelley Bryan :

    I love that you have written a book on the benefits of gaming. I have been a gamer since the days of the Commodore 64 and Atari and I believe they have helped me to be a better person in general. I encourage my children at a young age to reap the benefits of game-play such as concentration and fine motor skills developed from quickly moving their fingers from button to button.

    shelleysallofmeblog.wordpress.com

  3. Gaming does have benefits and my grand children love spending time on games. Like everything when time limits are given and not letting it rule our lives it can help us be well rounded.

  4. I called my husband over while I was reading this and he LOVES this article! 🙂

  5. I think gaming is like most everything else. It has benefits as long as it doesn’t become all consuming. My son has some LD and the doctor actually encouraged him to play video games to help with hand eye coordination.

  6. i think some are very education and used in moderation are great learning tools!

  7. I totally agree… Games can be very beneficial for the kids; but like everything else Moderation is the key and parental involvement, BUT totally love the new “learning” technology; thanks for a great post with wonderful benefits.. Loved it.

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