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5 skills that gaming helps you develop

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Playing video games are in fact a supplement to our formal schooling and skill development. Let’s get real, gamers aren’t dumb. Video games are challenging, often involving a tremendous amount of focus, strategic thinking, hand and eye coordination, spontaneous response and a sense of adaptability.Although some of the arcade games only act as stress busters and mood enhancers, there are a whole new generation of games, gadgets and programs accessible in today’s world, which not only enhance human skills but also keep us well informed on general subjects. Following are the top 5 skills that are developed by playing games:

#1 Leadership and decisive thinking

One is immersed into a fictional setting, making the electronic screen his (or her) temporary world. He may be perceived as a hypnotized user. From a creator’s point of view, a pre designed storyline capable of creating the experience of virtual reality is a masterpiece. The gamer isn’t sitting idle staring at a screen. He is living a hundred lives, living every moment to the fullest. What he brings back from it is experience and visual memory.

This gradually trains the mind to look at life with a bit of fun and imagination. It is a fact that the most creative people in the world love playing video games. Inspiration can be gathered from some of the best games in avenues of sound design, story/ narrative structure, 3D graphics/ animation and other creative geniuses, all together creating a unique dimension for multiple possibilities of existence.

Gamers absorb these creations, acting on sympathy and empathy to evolve the skill of organized representation of a vision. There will always be enthusiastic gamers who will innovate upon the creations of their predecessors. And there are a lot of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers who have been and will continue to be inspired as well.

#2 Resource management

Life is about making the best out of what we have. It’s about optimum utilization of the available resources. Much similar to the situation games suspend us into. Strategy games in particular, develop in us the ability to plan in advance and strategize the use of the income. From a young age instilling the values of savings to gather a larger amount and obtain the much anticipated purchase.

Knowing what is needed and putting to use all that is available into harvesting the best possible results. Sometimes making our minds commerce oriented and helping us in life in general. The Sims, Township, Warcraft and Clash of Clans are some of the best names to fit into this avenue.

#3 Perseverance

Good games generally demand a 110% focus, so basically the mind is cleared of all external thoughts while the user is into the experience. This can sometimes become stressful. Adopted from the real word – “the daily grind”, ‘grinding’ has been named as the repetitive activity of performing something boring to obtain a resulting reward. This helps us in developing our patience and determination. A gamer trains himself unconsciously, holding onto focus and strong will in order to complete the task at hand. This builds perseverance in the character of the gamer, often helping him in the course of life.

Old hits forced one to suffer through a lot of repetitive gameplay (Claw, Rampage, Roadrash) to build onto an upgrade or pass through to the next level. Repetitive monster fights being another common grind grow stronger (Final Fantasy, Metal Slug, Dragon Warrior).

#4 General knowlegde

Games are based upon storylines, often built upon factual interpretations of past and present events. We follow the story intently along with the progress of the game. These are sometimes chapters from the history books, sometimes a lesson on physics and other times information to keep up with popular culture.

Games such as (The Age of Empires, World War 2) present history to its users, FIFA and other sports oriented games inform us a little on the current stats, and also sometimes teach us how few games such as American Football and other alien sports are played.

Video games enlighten us with concepts and graphical representations to explain complex descriptions which sometimes are informative and more interesting to follow than the forceful lessons given at classrooms.

#5 Creativity

One is immersed into a fictional setting, making the electronic screen his (or her) temporary world. He may be perceived as a hypnotized user. From a creator’s point of view, a pre designed storyline capable of creating the experience of virtual reality is a masterpiece.

The gamer isn’t sitting idle staring at a screen. He is living a hundred lives, living every moment to the fullest. What he brings back from it is experience and visual memory. This gradually trains the mind to look at life with a bit of fun and imagination. It is a fact that the most creative people in the world love playing video games.

Inspiration can be gathered from some of the best games in avenues of sound design, story/ narrative structure, 3D graphics/ animation and other creative geniuses, all together creating a unique dimension for multiple possibilities of existence.

Gamers absorb these creations, acting on sympathy and empathy to evolve the skill of organized representation of a vision. There will always be enthusiastic gamers who will innovate upon the creations of their predecessors. And there are a lot of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers who have been and will continue to be inspired as well.

Edited by Staff Editor
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