Gaming is Good for You (Infographic)

My kids can’t seem to get enough of their video games. I can take away the Xbox 360’s power cord or tell the kids to go outside and play, but at the end of the day, they simply want to keep on playing. Fortunately, more and more research is coming out that distinguishes healthy, responsible gaming from the excessive, zoned out variety.

Our latest infographic goes over some really great things video games are responsible for. It’s pretty surprising to find that genre to genre, games can do some remarkable things for your brain and body. While I’m not thrilled to find my kids three hours in to a Halo session, I’m certainly relieved to learn that some real good can come out of their gaming.

The other useful thing I took away is that moderation is crucial to healthy gaming. It makes sense. Video games have very real benefits but too much of the same thing, day in, day out, actually ends up hurting you. As a dad, it’s a relief to hear that if I have to, I can still yank the plug and point to the door. Check out the inforgraphic and see what good gaming can do for you.

Comments

  1. I’ve experienced the social benefits of gaming. During some of the long lulls in the pre-deployment and deployment process, much of my platoon engaged in COD “LAN Parties”. These experiences provided a much needed break from the reality of our situation. Furthermore, they helped build camaraderie and even served as a form of team building exercise.

  2. I love the surgeon quote. I remember reading about that very thing a few years back. I think it was a harvard study – they said that gamers have better dexterity and then likened it to being a better surgeon. I thought “this study is going to do wonders for the perception of the gaming community.”

  3. LOVED the info graphic till the end. Psychologically healthy people can make choices for themselves in regards to what is “too much” or “not enough”. True addictions of any sort are the result of a lack of psychological health in an individual…maybe stemming from too many externally imposed limits. :-)

    • OMG! You just solved my probem! I have an addictive personality and have just recently become addicted to a game. I was in the army and had strict parents and beacuse of this I believe I am unable to place limits on myself because they have always been made for me. I think making a gaming roster might help!

  4. I would be concerned if someone spent 21 hours doing any one type of activity every week with their “free time”. Something in their life has to be getting neglected.

  5. Well that are still 3 hours a day.
    And let’s say you work till 7 pm, it rounds up almost all of your everyday sparetime if you count eating and doing other stuff at home.

  6. I spend more time each week gaming than at my 40 hour a week job. My girlfriend and I are happy, my credit score is through the roof, I save more money and exercise often! I just feel like gaming keeps me sharp and alert! Compared to friends I have that chose the ‘social life’ of binge drinking, unemployment, and well… the path of a 20-something year old without the mental stimulant known as gaming.

  7. I don’t think the point of the article was to say that you SHOULD play video games, and that it’s bad if you don’t. But, I’m glad video games have some benefit. I love my Call of Duty and Halo!

  8. Really cool facts for gaming.
    Especially I liked cosilization facts, about WOW and married couples)))
    But the article in whole is great!
    Thanks.

  9. Putting links in small font in an image doesn’t work very well!

    I’m particularly interested in the Chez Fortune game mentioned, but can’t seem to find it by simply googling. Anyone got a link handy? Thanks!

  10. This seems to be more like superficial wishful thinking. The so called benefits are virtual, not necessarily real.

    The one with married couples is simply stupid.

    I would be good to know what was the time span of the “study” and how they evaluate the “benefits”, because how you interpret the data is crucial.

    And in my opinion the bad side effects are much more dangerous than the so called “benefits”.

    Moderation? It is hardly possible.

    • I am sorry you can’t face facts, while videogames can be harmfull if overused, if you use them in moderation they have some benifits. The fact that you refuse to accept Video-games can have benifits is worrying, especially since thier are many cases where Video-games have helped people get over deep emotional trauma, like war. Don’t believe me? Here, here is a story of a video-game saving people: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/features/9125-The-New-War-on-Terror . And on the couple factoid? That one is far from stupid, I have met many friends using the social systems modern consoles come equiped with, sometimes I don’t even game, just talk to people. I have even met up with some of these people, we talked so much. You form friendships when working together with people, weather real or not. And on moderation? I am sorry, but, not all gamers are live-in-thier-mom’s basement shut-ins. The average gamer plays maybe 2-3 hours a day, we do have lives. It doesn’t dominate us, we usually have other hobbies. And harmfull effects? Please list some, really, do it. More people have jumped out a window trying to replicate the Matrix than people jumping out thier window to replicate Max Payne. Why? Because we get the same stimuli from the actual games. And when talking about negative benefits please do not mention school shootings, or killings involved with video-games. The people who do these things are not mentally sound people, they would have done it anyways. People would rather blame the games than admit that there are people who do this. Video-games become a scape-goat, because no political figure would dare defend video games. Your ignorance angers me, but, people like you are impossible to change. So, I kind of just wasted my breath. But,
      Best wishes,
      Sammam

      • Amen, brudda, Amen! Luddites are a waste of effort, I fell prey a few posts up and wasted my time as well (playing a video game would have been far more enriching than trying to talk to such people). But they are a dying breed.

  11. Wouldn’t be more intelligent to simply teach children survival techniques, even through games (not video or pc games) outside in the nature?

    PC and video games are NOT like everything else.

    • Sounds a bit luddite biased if you ask me. You are correct about shouting out that they are NOT like everything else…it is becoming increasingly obvious that for some things video games are BETTER than everything else. Also, when you teach kids survival techniques in a virtual environment as opposed to nature, there is nearly no chance of a real actual bear rounding the bend and mauling all those involved in the teaching exercise. In other words, you learn as well or better with no actual risk…save the risk for the days that you actually find yourself in the forest. You may still end up eaten by a bear in the game due to your errors, but I would far rather experience that situation than an actual bear attack.

  12. I love your post and I agree there’s a lot of good that gaming can do!

    A short while back I wrote a story* about Double Fine’s “Once Upon a Monster” Kinect game being used therapeutically by Special Effect, a group that helps children with special needs through the use of video games.

    Here’s a link: http://myxboxlive.com/gaming/joy-access-access-joy/

    *(It’s the first part of a series of stories on the subject of accessibility and doing “good” through video games.)

  13. I really liked this infographic. Quite often you hear too much about games being harmful to individuals and society by focusing on the rare occasions when something bad does happen. There isn’t enough information like this saying how games can be good.

  14. Nice info.

    I’m quite agree that gaming is good when you do it in moderation. I also a person who actually learn english language (yes, i’m not native english speaker) by playing those classic RPG games. I also learn how to read maps and determine my position in the map by playing adventure games. Solving various puzzles in RPG and adventure games did have a good effect to me in facing many problems in live. Game was also become my first source of inspiration in drawing and writing stories. The most important things……games (playing and collecting them) has prevents me from using drugs.

    (o__<)b

  15. Call of Duty, Halo, and Tetris… three of my favorite games growing up. Looks like my time spend in the basement with my cheetohs, mountain dew, and video games weren’t put to waste!

  16. Son i think all people should be playing video games because they can help u a lot!!!!!!! Personally im like addicted to my PS3 and COD Black Ops 2! But i think people who dont play video games need to because they might see an impact in there life, video games could be a stress reliever!!! lol!! im just 15 but im already stressed the fuck out at High School!!! But out of all honesty VIDEO GAMES ARE MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BABY!!!!!! :)

  17. Without thinking about whether you’d be okay with this or not, I hastily posted this to tumblr after seeing that no one else has before (at least, according to a quick google images search). I made a point of saying that I am not the maker of this glorious picture and put the link back to this page in the description. Still, if you’d like me to take it down, I will. Sorry that I went ahead and did this without your permission. I just found it so great that I went into tunnel-vision mode for a moment there.

    • As long as you credited and linked back, no worries. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

  18. Jason,
    Thanks for a great graphic with lots of positive facts about gaming!

    Do you know about the Games for Good project? James Portnow (a well respected game designer) is putting together a project to encourage all of these positive uses and discussions about gaming! Check it out, maybe share with your followers or support it yourself on RocketHub “Games for Good” : http://www.rockethub.com/projects/25243-games-for-good

  19. I don’t believe I’ve seen a story of someone dropping dead from gaming. Can a bad health event occur while gaming? Sure, but the game wasn’t the root cause. If someone’s 400lbs, diabetic, with heart problems, you can’t say a 5 hour Halo marathon killed him.

    I think the Moose attack isn’t necessarily to say the information was literally taught, but rather, the application. For example, if you play first person shooters, you’re going to see tactics in play. You learn angles of attack and other advantages of overlaping fields of fire. From the moose attack you can play through different strategies and see results from different approaches. You don’t get this from lectures, reading a book, etc. This is why the US Army spends a ton of money on gameplay for soldiers, which puts them into different scenarios and measures their responses. If you train someone how to handle stressful situations in a non-lethal environment, it has direct benefits when the situation occurs in real life.

  20. True enough, and if you play on the PC it becomes even cheaper. Steam sales, Bundles and Amazon deals of the week can save you tons of cash for continuing entertainment. No real need to ever spend more than $20 on a game if you are willing to wait for sales, often much much less.

  21. What an incredibly interesting article! While I have always supported game playing, and dabble as a gamer myself, I never realized the impact games could have on the world as a whole. The company I work for specializes in teaching kids technology and earned some of its standing through early success with courses on video game creation. To this day, we still teach kids how to make and mod video games, which I’ve always thought was cool, but now I have a whole new understanding for the impact our courses have on these kids! Click my name for a link to our courses!

    • Yes, It’s true computer games is very effective in molding and changing the identity of a person for better.

  22. I’m sure if you could look hard enough, you could find some health benefits of video games.
    I’m also sure that there are probably a lot more better activites for you (physically and mentally), like reading books, playing sports, going to the gym, etc.

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