Some like to shine harsh lights on video games hoping to reveal their sinister content as a detriment to children. However, the truth is that a vast number of video games are constructive for children and provide them with social benefits, problem-solving skills, complex three-dimensional thinking skills, scientific knowledge, refined motor skills, and myriad other advantages to a growing brain.
Although the media likes to cover only bloody FPS types of video games, there is much more on the spectrum of gaming that is irrefutably beneficial for children. Several games use combat, but often it’s less about gore and carnage and more about motor skills, agility, and reaction times. Developing these attributes as children makes them instilled in the brain. There are also puzzle games that require the child or children to either solve complex situational problems or to work together to do so. This also shows the social constructiveness of video games. Co-operative video games let the child and a friend, or in cases of MMO’s (massive multiplayer online), an entire community, work together to reach a common goal. This promotes social skills and can introduce the child to tons of new friends from across the globe.
Another advantage with certain video games is the cognitive benefits and the learning opportunities. Especially with newly available virtual reality, it has never been easier to provide auditory, visual, and contextual education via video games. There are games that can help teach history, or that let the player construct helicases of DNA. There are exploring games where several worlds are available to simply discover.
Video games may get a bad reputation for blood and carnage, but it’s a small percentage of games that contain these graphics. Most games assist cognitive development, social skills, and motor skills.