By Megan Hoffman, Editorial Assistant
I am not ashamed to call myself a gamer.
proud to say that whatever time my parents might have spent trying to
suppress my desire to play video games came out in college, and I’m even
prouder to say that I’m going into video games as a career after I’ve
graduated from Chico State.
much controversy, video games have become a major staple to American
culture, and the benefits of playing video games are numerous. In fact, a
survey in 2010 by the Entertainment Software Association showed the gaming industry made $25.1 billion in revenue that year alone.
Just think of how much that actually HELPS the economy.
Video games don’t just improve the economy, though. They help people improve themselves. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board,
67 percent of U.S. households play video games, which means that more than
half the people in the U.S. understand these personal benefits.
1. Video games help change your point of view of a situation.
diversity in games means that there are many different types of logic
games that you can play. For example, Minesweeper is a numbers game that
teaches you to find all of the problems in a situation, whereas Portal
puts you into a situation that you need to find your way out of. So if
you’re stuck on one solution and would like to change your perspective,
logic/puzzle games might be your solution to seeing all sides.
2. Video games teach you to work as a team.
multi-player games are steadily rising in popularity. The benefit to
these games, such as Modern Warfare or World of Warcraft, is that in
order to do well, you have to work together as a team. In WoW
especially, players of various skills must team together, utilizing all
of their assets, in order to defeat a problem they would not be able to
solve alone. These teams must use communication as well as trust in
order to achieve success.
3. Video games can be used as a tool to exercise.
many complaints about how video games are just a mindless activity,
there are now consoles such as the Wii and Kinect that get gamers moving
and losing those calories. The Wii Fit helps you keep track of your
daily intake and pushes you to do more to lose that weight. My personal
favorite, however, is Zumba for the Kinect, which works you out but
leaves you entertained.
might fall into the small percentage of gamers that are actually women,
but, as a representative of my gender, I can say that my life has
improved greatly from my gaming.
Yours might as well.