The reward our brains feel when accomplishing something in a game teaches us to focus our own actions and helps us control the situations around us. Lessons like this are easily applied in the real world.
Researchers designed a game called SPARX to help treat depressed teenagers. The players had almost double the total recovery rate when compared to the conventional treatment group.
Games that are popular or involve social mechanics can help with making friends by giving access to the community that forms around the shared experience.
Gaming conventions, online multiplayer sessions, and competitions all help players meet new people and make friends with a common interest.
Research indicates that playing fast-paced computer games can help the player read faster and more accurately.
The intensive situation awareness and management needed when playing fast-paced first person shooters seem to improve gamers' ability to deal with visual and auditory distractions simultaneously.
Developing multi-tasking may help productivity in general. This will spill over to the real-world applications, at home, and in the workplace.
Research indicates that the brains of people who started playing Mario regularly had an increase in gray matter in areas responsible for memory, strategy, fine motor skills and spatial navigation.
Research found that shoot them up players had a boost in their ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of the image, one of the first visual skills to diminish over time.
The researchers believe that video games could be used in the future to help as an aid to correct bad eyesight.
Some games are educational or designed with problem-solving, critical thinking and reading comprehension built in. But it’s unclear if computer games improve general intelligence, although they seem to help teach and reinforce these new skills.
Treating life like a computer game could improve your general quality of life. If you think of yourself as a level 1 character you might be able to identify areas in need of improvement.
Work in those abilities and keep track of your progress. Gamify aspects of your life and use the strategies you've developed in games in real-life to hone your skills and reach your goals.
“Grinding”: a gaming term that describes any repetitive activity that isn’t fun on its own but performed anyway to obtain some resulting reward. It develops delayed gratification, a requirement for success.
This ability to suffer through something that’s unpleasant right now in order to secure for yourself something even better in the future is bound to help you in any project you pursue.
In Fallout 2 depending on the choices you make, who you kill and the quests you complete, there are 47 different endings you can achieve.
Just like in real life, everything you do in gameplay has a consequence; so it's unwise to haphazardly make decisions about who to trust and what to prioritize. When you do make a decision, think through all the possible ramifications.