You know all those people that told you that video games are bad for you? They were wrong. Read this to find out more.

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Video games are good for you!

For years video games have been criticised for making people more antisocial, overweight or depressed. But now researchers are finding that games can actually change us for the better and improve both our body and mind.

Games can help to develop physical skills. Pre-school children who played interactive games such as the ones available on Wii have been shown to have improved motor skills, for example they can kick, catch and throw a ball better than children who don’t play video games. A study of surgeons who do microsurgery in Boston found that those who played video games were 27 per cent faster and made 37 per cent fewer errors than those who didn't. Vision is also improved, particularly telling the difference between shades of grey. This is useful for driving at night, piloting a plane or reading X-rays.

Games also benefit a variety of brain functions, including decision-making. People who play action-based games make decisions 25 per cent faster than others and are no less accurate, according to one study. It was also found that the best gamers can make choices and act on them up to six times a second, four times faster than most people. In another study by researchers from the University of Rochester in New York, experienced gamers were shown to be able to pay attention to more than six things at once without getting confused, compared with the four that most people can normally keep in mind. Additionally, video games can also reduce gender differences. Scientists have found that women who play games are better able to mentally manipulate 3D objects.

There is also evidence that gaming can help with psychological problems. At the University of Auckland in New Zealand, researchers asked 94 young people diagnosed with depression to play a 3D fantasy game called SPARX and in many cases, the game reduced symptoms of depression more than conventional treatment. Another research team at Oxford University found that playing Tetris shortly after exposure to something very upsetting – in the experiment, a film of traumatic scenes of injury and death was used – can actually prevent people having disturbing flashbacks.

The effects are not always so positive, however. Indiana University researchers carried out brain scans on young men and found evidence that violent games can alter brain function after as little as a week of play, affecting regions in the brain associated with emotional control and causing more aggressive behaviour in the player. But Daphne Bavelier, one of the most experienced researchers in the field, says that the violent action games that often worry parents most may actually have the strongest beneficial effect on the brain. In the future, we may see many treatments for physical and neurological problems which incorporate the playing of video games.

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What kind of computer games do you like? Do you think they are good for you? Why or why not?

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Korennoy_anglichanin 19 October, 2021 - 23:06

When I was a child I played video games a lot. I liked strategy games more than others. Now I realized that video games influenced me both positively and negatively.

The positive influence consists of making me more able to make decisions fast and correct. Strategic video games suggest a mass of different and various problems for a player. Actually, it developed my mental abilities.

However, there is also the negative result of this experience. All video games are very colorful and interesting. At first, you just prefer the game to reality. But you must live at real world, not in the game.

After that, you realize that you can integrate your favorite game into reality. Reality becomes as a game. Definitely, you find it wonderful and, as I have already said, starts to solve problems operatively, but you associate real objects and situations with what happened in the game, and other people do not understand you.

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sonnata 13 October, 2021 - 05:00

You’re asking me what my favourite kind of computer games is? In fact, I’m a real game lover, so this topic is my cup of tea.
I really enjoy playing RPG games like “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim». Immersion in the virtual world helps me to distract from real problems.
For the same reason I like “Fallout” series with their special post-apocalyptic atmosphere. In this case, you get pleasure not only from the gameplay, but also from the visuals.
Unfortunately, computer games are too time-consuming. During my school years, it was difficult for me to combine studies and computer games, so over time I began to play less often. But to be honest, I still tickled pink to learn about new upcoming games.
In conclusion, I want to say that playing games has its own benefits and disadvantages, but it really helped me in one of my life periods.

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Sasori_n 13 October, 2021 - 04:48

To begin with, I would like to note that I like adventure games, fantasy, detective stories, item searches, adventure games, and so on. I am not attracted to games based on violence and cruelty.
I believe that logical, and adventure games develop motor skills, logic and thinking skills. Unlike action movies and shooters, which, in my opinion, develop decision-making speed and attentiveness more. I don't think computer games can do as much harm as they are said to. Rather, it all depends on the amount of time spent towards the monitor screens. In this case, video games can only do harm.
I believe that it depends on each person individually how video games will affect them. They can vegetate all free time behind the monitor, while completely forgetting about real life. But it can also combine business with pleasure, so to speak, a little bit of good. Then it will bring maximum benefit.

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Scramblex 13 October, 2021 - 03:39

I like almost every kind of computer games. But my favorite is strategy, RPG-s and action games. I love games with complex, deep and interesting gameplay. Hard decisions, planning and variability of tactics — this is what I love in this kind of media. For example, in one of my favorite game called Factorio you’re building a big machine factory with complicated logistics and production lines.

As stated in the article, there are good and bad sides of computer games. On the one hand, I feel like I develop decision-making and speed reaction and at the same time resting from dull work and studying. On the other hand, sometimes, games cause procrastination of important tasks and may even carry you away and make you lose track of time, so this is tricky. I will still continue to play games, nevertheless, trying to control this activity before it will cause bad effects on me and my life.

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Tolis5 13 July, 2021 - 09:04

Hi,everyone.I think that video games are very beneficial,because they improve many important skills and also make the brain work harder.I think they are quite boring,though.

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ItalianGoldenWind 5 June, 2021 - 04:43

When I play games, I always choose wisely the games that I could play and also benefit my brain. For example, I play Shadow Fight 2 because it fits to my old computer and also, it helps me learn about tatics and martial arts moves. I also play Roblox because it encourages me to use my imagination by allowing players to create their own games.

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adamwilliams 21 March, 2021 - 17:17

Hi everyone. I love to play video games I think video games are good for mental health and IQ. and Video games can make us active. The gaming industry has a future. I like to play video games and like to read gaming blogs. I am following the blog "xfire" to improve my gaming skills.

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Kostantinus 4 March, 2021 - 09:31

I don't play computer games, because I am not interested in it. I am pretty busy with studying at school, English classes and ICT classes. Even if I would have more free time I would not have played computer games. Long time ago, when I got my laptop, I started playing games a lot, what influenced my studing. I played all the time, early morning and at night. I even didn't sleep enough, what was really bad for my health. So I decided to quite and never regret about it. Finally, I don't find it beneficial. Anyway, I don't think I need computer games, because I have some other ways of entertainment.

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LukeTheSon 1 February, 2021 - 08:28

Now I'm interested in Minecraft :-) Since some of our teachers started to use video games for learning purposes in classrooms, I tried it too.
But it isn't the only one - I was interested in plenty of games recently, I want to create my own list of the best educational game. Therefore, I focus on adventure and strategy games, and I seek my inspiration in different blogs.
If you can recommend something to me, I'll be grateful :-)

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merdidi_104 11 November, 2020 - 16:36

I really enjoy RPGs. I think i can benefit a lot from playing such games as they help me improve my self-confidence, they make me brave and independent and i get to meet new people.

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bjyxszd 8 July, 2020 - 05:02

I think I prefer PUGE MOBILE. Cause it is so interesting. And I think playing games can also help increase intelligence and increase efficiency,as long as you don't delay learning.

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linhdan83 24 June, 2020 - 16:18

For me, I’m into mobile games which require solving puzzles, escaping or forming allies and strategy such as Gardenscapes, Escaping rooms and League of Legends. I think they are pretty good and fascinating as long you know how to balance them in your normal life. They may help you with many aspects such as creativity, problems solving, quickly thinking, etc.

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Giovannichoi 9 April, 2020 - 08:56

Er... I like enjoying some online games on mobile. I want to play computer games which my uncle do, but most of them is availiable only upper-19, such as G.T.A, WITCHER WILD HUNT, or WORLD OF ZOMBIE. So I play only mobile games, like Brawl stars and Will hero. I used to enjoy playing Minecrafts but I don't think all of them are not helping me to improve some...something what I 'm not good at. Anyway, I don't play computer games and I won't either. Ah! I will play these games: Fifa Soccer Worldcup, Car Racing games.

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josmel123 27 August, 2019 - 14:25

My favorite game online is dota2, this game is very funny because the gameplay is varied, i believe playing this game i improve my capacity of reaction and velocity of take decicion

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Dominga_123 27 August, 2019 - 01:21

I do not like any online game because I prefer to play physical games, I also think that online games increase sedentary lifestyle and other factors that harm our health.

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Ales144 27 August, 2019 - 14:39

Respect how you said, I think that the videogames have good things too, how to improve your reflexes and memory, it depends on the game that you played, and nowadays some games include the Virtual Reality so this technology lends you move when you play. And I think that is funnier, I recommend you! :D

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khwaja 15 June, 2019 - 22:50

I would prefer playing strategy games as I think it has some benefits. One critical advantage is it enhances thinking and planning skills. For example, when I play such these games, I need to make important decisions and choose appropriate elements in order to win the game. So, this has helped me to be more aware when I take any step in my life.

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parsasoroori 28 January, 2019 - 16:42

well there is a beautiful old game. Elder people know it better and I've recently play it. Its name is Mafia1 and I'm sure there couldn't be anything better. Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA are my bests too.

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dantex103 31 August, 2018 - 00:30

undertale is my favorite game, because it takes my out of my problems, and the music, it makes me take a irreplaceable smile, and the history, it ALWAYS makes me regret for doing the genocide run :v

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CherryBlossomEnglish 28 February, 2018 - 16:39

I play Dream House Days and The Ramen Sensei (by Kairosoft). They are very addictive. By the way, I played many games, such as: Minecraft, Clash Royale, Rolling Sky...and maaaaaanyyy more. I prefer strategy games more than action games.

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MyStudyCoachJonas 24 October, 2017 - 00:16

I think that games are good for some people.
Children can't play all games all the time.
I bought my first console at 10 years.

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QueenPinkBluebel 3 August, 2017 - 14:03

I like playing online games because there are more competition when there are many people. I also like playing Wii games because they are really original. I think that video games can be funny and can develop several skills such as the attention and the reflex, but they can also be very dangerous for the health and can affect the eyesight but only if you stay for hours in front of a screen, especially if it's a small one.

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