Playing Video Games Actually Have A Lot Of Benefits

Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games may be thriving in recent weeks (or years) as a “booming” new industry, but that wasn’t always the case. Back then, people believed that video games were addicting sources of entertainment. That these video games were pointless and that they, uhm…rot your brain. Well, experts believe the contrary. A lot of researches had been conducted in order to prove otherwise and the scientists and researchers actually found a lot of benefits in playing video games. Here are the top benefits that video games might give you along with a few sample of games that might help you in that specific area.

Multitasking

Not Easy.
Yeah…the gist is, you will be controlling all of those at the SAME TIME. Easy, right? Nope.

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Try this: you’re watching the episodes of Game of Thrones because the new season is approaching really fast, while watching your kid, while writing this article, while doing another thing. Oh, look! You forgot your dinner on the stove. Handling this kind of scenario might be brain-wrecking for most people because they can’t handle multitasking. Well, worry not, my dear. Researchers found out that playing video games actually helps with doing (or at least paying attention to) multiple things at once.

But, it is important to note that this might be because the participants of the research were doing the same thing for thousands of times during the whole duration of the experiment which might be the reason why they were so good at it. It may be wonderful, fascinating even, to be able to do multiple things at once, but still you’ll be more efficient if you try to focus on just one task at a time.

Improved Attention

I know you've played something similar to this, right? Right?
I know you’ve played something similar to this, right? Right?

Games: Quake, Doom, Call of Duty, Overwatch, basically any action-packed games

Walking on a busy road, looking for a friend in a crowd or, following a ball during a game requires great effort and, sometimes, intense concentration; and these certain scenarios might be between life or death…ok, that may be taking it too far, nonetheless, it is a critical survival skill. In order to fully understand the relation between video games and Multiple Object Tracking (MOT), researchers from California designed, implemented, and evaluated TrackFX, a game that can be used by children as young as 30 months old.

The game is basically just like a hide-and-seek game where a ladybug and a spider are covered with leaves and were moved around. Then, after a few seconds, the movements stop and the player can then choose which leaf hides the ladybug. This way, the ladybug acts as the target and the spiders act as distractions. The results of the experiment were astonishing, the children still perform well despite the levels becoming more difficult.

Decision Making

Prof. Daphne Bavelier's test video game
Look at those dots! Oh, oh, oh!

Games: Tell-tale games, simulation games, and well…action games

One might look at gamers as if they are just ‘playing’ a game and not much is happening in their heads, but this is not the case. Each and every bit of a gaming session involves a lot of small and big decisions to be made; and some requires a reaction in a snap of a finger. This was further discussed by a team of researchers from New York. Oh and get this, the gender of a person doesn’t really matter.

What they did is that they assigned 14 people (half men, half women who haven’t played video games) to play two action games for no more than two hours a day up to a total of 50 hours. Then a second set of four men and seven women joined in but they played a Sims-like game where they direct the lives of the characters. Both of the groups improved greatly with the test game the researchers prepared but, action gamers responded faster. I can hear you cheering from here.

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That’s all I got for now. There are still a lot of benefits that video games may offer us, but just like what my momma used to say, “Too much of everything is not good”. How about you? What are the benefits that video games have to offer us? And, have you experienced the benefits of games first-hand? Comment them down below and let’s have a chat.

Is Levelling Up/Upgrading One Of The Most Important Things In Games?

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A lot of games these days implement a form of levelling up or upgrade system within them. These could vary quite often too, such as Call of Duty enables you to level up in order to get new weapons, perks and the ability to prestige so you can start over your levelling up again, whereas Destiny allows your to level up your character to make them stronger and upgrade your weapons and gear too. Would people still be playing these games if levelling up/upgrading wasn’t a part of it? The desire to have the highest prestige badge on Call of Duty or the strongest weapons and highest level in Destiny really drives and pushes gamers on to keep playing, even if what they are playing is largely the same, no matter how fun it is.

Even single player games include upgrading systems too, such as The Last of Us. It has a crafting system which allows you to create molotovs, increse the amount of times you can use your shiv, health packs and bombs. There are workbenches where you can upgrade your weapons, and supplements which allow you to increase your crafting speed, maximum health, listen mode distance, healing speed and decreases weapon sway. This however, is a minor part of the game considering it’s story and something that most certainly doesn’t keep you coming back, but you certainly feel happy when you come across a crafting table to upgrade your weapons, that’s for sure.

However, some games don’t include levelling up or upgrading in them at all, look at Telltale’s games as an example. Playing through The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones and you wouldn’t even think about upgrading because the story is so strong and gripping. The most important thing in them games is the story and the choices they give you to make.

It’s certainly an important part of many games, and doesn’t play a role in others. I think it’s merely circumstantial, it depends on the type of game you’re playing that decides whether a levelling up or upgrade system is needed. It certainly plays a large role in multiplayer games though, and many would be worse off without it. I personally however, love levelling up in most games, it gives me a sense of accomplishment from playing the game.

What do you think? Are they important or not needed? Or merely circumstantial like I said? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Telltale’s Game Of Thrones Gets First Teaser, Slew Of Details

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It seems like decades since we’ve heard anything on Telltale’s Game Of Thrones series. Luckily our collective luck has changed, as Telltale has graciously released the first teaser for Game of Thrones, and a nice bit of info to boot, so no more rumors and leaked screenshots – this is the real thing!

Sharpen your blades and steady your shields, for this teaser is quite a doozy. Sit back, relax, grab a cup of ale… or Mountain Dew, it doesn’t really matter and enjoy the first Game of Thrones video game teaser from Telltale below!

Here is the official press release in its entirety.

Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.

The game series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s TV show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire).The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season Three of the series, and end right before the beginning of Season Five. Players will visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and The Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath, the home of House Forrester.

House Forrester is a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always offered unswerving loyalty to the ruling great house of the North – the Starks. The Forresters are seated at Ironrath, an imposing stronghold surrounded by towering ironwood trees. Built over fifteen hundred years ago by Cedric Forrester and his triplet sons, Ironrath is a testament to the strength and endurance of Ironwood. The Forrester house words are ‘Iron from Ice’, which echoes their belief that – like the ironwood itself – the adverse conditions and unforgiving landscape of the North only makes them stronger.

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The game will be played from five different points of view. Each is a member of House Forrester; either a direct family member, or a person in service to the House. Scattered across Westeros and Essos, each will play their part in seeking to save House Forrester from destruction.

Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you’re truly playing the Game of Thrones… where you win, or you die.

Additional details on the series and its upcoming premiere episode, ‘Iron From Ice’ are forthcoming. Stay tuned to the Telltale Games Blog, twitter, and Facebook pages for more information as the premiere approaches, the first of six episodes, which will be arriving for download soon on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, with additional platforms to be announced.

Well, that sums it up nicely. Official cast members returning for their beloved voice – except you Ramsay, you’re despicable – is quite a nice touch. It’s also interesting to see an entirely new perspective on the incredibly well established land of Westeros. Telltale is quite brave for attempting to add their own story to such an interwoven tale.

Free Game Download: Game of Thrones – The 8 Bit Game

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I am a huge Game of Thrones fan – just like anybody else on this planet – and I’ll try any game that’s related to the popular books / TV show. And today we have to share with you one that’s available as a free download: Game of Thrones – The 8 Bit Game.

Created by a Spanish comic artist, Abel Alves, GoT – The 8 Bit Game comes with some retro platformer action that will surely make you remember the NES era and basically any game in the early 90s.

You won’t be able to play the game for hours (unless you really want to) as it only has 4 levels – but pretty challenging ones – that will give you the chance to control 4 of the this Game characters. They all have special attacks and simply radiate amazingness, so it will surely be fun.

And since it’s free to download, there’s nothing you have to lose if you give it a try, so head over to the game’s official website and download this Game – The 8 Bit Game. Enjoy!