Streamline International Discusses: Do Video Games Help or Harm Us?

“Video games are a part of everyone’s childhood and youth. Even if you weren’t crazily into playing them, you were aware that they existed and created an alternative dimension for kids to escape in. Personally, I think that video games help us out in some way or another. Here’s why ” mentions Ben Streames of Streamline USA. According to statistics, studies show that video games increased brain activity when it came to memory and critical thinking. Because video games help us use our mind in strategic ways it helps in the real world also. When playing a sports game, NBA2K,  it might help our cognitive abilities and while playing a game maybe such as Super Mario World, might help us in memorization because you have to remember how to get somewhere with critical thinking skills. According to an article on Forbes, the writer Kevin Anderson in his article “Video Games Are Good For Your Brain” he writes “In 2015 at the University of California, Irvine, a study was made to test the effects of playing video games on a part of our brains called the hippocampus, which is part of the limbic system and helps spatial memory and the transition of information from short-term memory to long-term memory. The results were interesting, to say the least.”

 

“Anderson talks about this study and shows that there are two groups of gamers. They were given questions to find out more about their gaming habit. Questions such as how much they played and what games they played were asked. The results were compared to a group of nongamers, and they were fascinating to see,” states Ben Streames of Streamline USA. It’s interesting because a lot of people put video games down to the type of games they are. We agree that violent video games definitely might have a negative effect and it’s probably not good to be around too much. However, if the game is fun and something lighthearted, it might be a good thing to try and play once in awhile. According to Anderson, “The results were pretty interesting. The experiment did, in fact, show that those who were playing video games had better hippocampal-related memory but not all of them. It was only the gamers who were playing 3D games. Players who were playing 2D games had close to the same results as non-gamers. Also, competitive level gaming skills showed no additional benefit.”

 

The study goes to show that there are certain types of games that help our brain and are not too bad for us. In the second experiment that Anderson refers to, the results indicated that 3D gaming improved hippocampal-associative memory! “Which, we find to be pretty awesome. Who would’ve known that playing small games in adventure type of settings is beneficial?” says Ben Streames of Streamline USA.