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5 Life Skills That Video Games Can Help You Develop
Video games can help you succeed at life. It's an uncommon opinion to have, especially in mainstream media and pop culture, and most anti-gaming activists are quick to point out that video games tend to cultivate immaturity, violence, and even addiction. However, like most kinds of media, video games can be both good and bad.

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Sympathy and Empathy

Sympathy and Empathy

Video games had a reputation of being emotionally numbing and brain rotting, but this recent trend towards narrative-centric gaming is now developing a player’s sense of sympathy and empathy...

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Mental and Creative Prowess

Mental and Creative Prowess

There are games designed to train and improve brain functionality, logical deduction, pattern recognition, memory, matching, and outside the box thinking.

The interactivity of games is one...

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Leadership and Socialization

Leadership and Socialization

It’s possible that gaming enables stereotypically introspective individuals to be more social, ultimately improving social skills.

In the earliest consoles, gaming with friends involve...

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Forward Thinking and Strategic Planning

Forward Thinking and Strategic Planning

Puzzle and strategy games will never go out of style and are popular with casual and hardcore gamers. 

“Thinking a few steps ahead” is especially important in social contexts. 

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Patience and Perseverance

Patience and Perseverance

“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 ...

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The idea that someone can be addicted to a behavior, as opposed to a substance, remains debatable.

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  • Making excessive gaming a disorder can harm the gaming industry by stigmatizing their products. 

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Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability

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Video Games Can Help You Make Friends

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. 

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Nothing is too big to tackle

Final Fantasy VII has you battle a man on his way to becoming a God. But the game teaches you the importance of taking a stand and fighting for the right reasons, even in the face of defeat.

Determination is key

Whether it's powering through the many dungeons of Hyrule in a Legend of Zelda game or trying to complete an especially difficult assignment at work, you're not going to accomplish it all in one day. 

The key to getting through it all is to remain steadfast and keep moving forward, no matter the difficulty. Procrastination certainly doesn't help; it'll still be waiting right where you left off. 

Sometimes it takes teamwork

If Team Fortess 2 has anything to teach, it's that even the motliest of crews can win the day when they work together toward a common goal.

Sometimes the best teams come together from different walks of life, so don't be afraid to bring your cocky Scout and your experimental Medic even if it seems they won't work well together. 

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