You might be wondering how video games can help you. All of us have heard how video games bring aggression out in individuals, particularly those who are more violent (it isn’t true; they don’t do this). However, it turns out that video games are not a total waste of time. Actually, they can help you to learn a number of different things. Who would have thought that? If you play lots of video games involving teamwork, then there is a good chance your teamwork skills will improve. Play lots of puzzle games that focus on problem-solving, then you will end up being better at solving problems. There isn’t any limit on how video games can help you.
MMO players learn just how important teamwork is right away. At times it requires lots of coordination and manpower to achieve something in the game you are playing, and those who lead the charge will soon find out what they can learn from the video games. When World of Warcraft was at its peak, there were some companies that actually considered the raiding experience to be a big positive, and probably some places do to this day. Of course, if you were to show up at your job interview without showering for a week due to being on an 18-hour WoW bender, they probably wouldn’t really be impressed by the fact that your guild was able to pull having the realm-first Ragnaros kill. However, if you can draw from your experience in your time that has been spent in video games working as a team, then you can translate this easy to your working environment, since many times, those will involve lots of teamwork as well.
In addition to helping you with teamwork skills, video games also can help you become a better communicator. If you play a game that heavily relies on communication, then there is a good chance you will be able to naturally apply the skill beyond the game. One good example is the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes This game is based almost completely on communication. One individual has the task of disarming a bomb, while everyone else must talk the person through it. It’s not hard to imagine that having good communication skills can make this task easier, so everyone doesn’t explode. The same can be said about many real-life communication examples. The better you can navigate, the more successful your communication will be.
Those with enough patience to dive deeply into puzzle games most likely will find that their brains become sharper, which enables them to solve successive puzzles faster. This also allows you to solve real-world problems. If you play enough of Keep Talk and Nobody Explores, then you may be called upon to disarm a real live bomb. That’s actually completely not true, and if anyone does ever ask you to diffuse a based on you playing a video game just politely decline the request. However, puzzle games can definitely help you with developing your critical thinking skills, and this is an immensely useful skill to have in real life.
This may be really obvious, or perhaps not, just bear with me for a minute. Learning how to be patient is one of the many ways that playing video games can help you with real-life situations. Many video games, particularly those involving some sort of loot, involve repetition as well. By having to farm those necessary resources, you learn how to be patient. Perhaps when you are first getting started, you only last for about 20 minutes before you feel like you are bouncing off of the walls. Then as time goes on, and you find yourself spending hours trying to farm or a rare item without realizing it. Keep in mind, everything in moderation. Or go all out if you really do want something badly enough. Video games, similar to patience, can teach you tenacity as well. Have you ever tried to avoid getting into a fight with a tough boss for several hours? That’s tenacity at work. Life is about having the determination to see through all the way to the end whatever your goals are.
Overcoming Your Fears
Thanks mainly to VR, this one is new. It turns out that when you are physically immersed in an environment that is nearly as realistic as actual reality is that it really can help with alleviating fear. For example, take arachnophobia. It has been shown that when virtual spiders are handled in VR, that you learn to become more comfortable with real spiders. Of course, it’s a long shot trying to get people to deal with spiders no matter what form of reality it is, and no matter how harmless the spiders are, but it can take the fears down a few notches. Also, VR can be used for helping overcome your fear of heights. Think about all of the other virtual therapy applications that could help people. If you have a fear of aliens, just get abducted virtually a couple of times, and then when the real thing occurs, you won’t be scared. Maybe all of those problem-solving skills that you learned from the puzzle games can help you with that situation.
That was just five examples of ways that video games can benefit you. Truthfully, there are a practically unlimited number of applications. So what are some of the ways that video games have benefited you?