Benefits of Gaming:

C: Victor Ho Wei Teck
| April 2020

A #StayHome Special

It’s Day 17, or 36… or 39, depending on where you live. By now, we have tried making every variant of dalgona, watched every episode of Itaewon Class, sung karaoke on an app, and procrastinated doing HIIT for as long as we have been stuck at home. Understandably, many of us are turning to video games. Since there are already many lists of fun and free games out there, we have instead decided to discuss the benefits of video games. So, the next time you get nagged at, you have your comebacks prepared!

If you are starting to re-enact your jobs at home…

Image: Facebook (Winnie Heng)

Or if every day starts feeling the same, maybe it is time to find a relaxing hobby… like gaming!

Full disclaimers though, there is too much of a good thing. Excessive gaming may nullify its benefits and lead to insufficient rest, stress, and addiction. If you or anyone you know require help regarding a possible gaming addiction, do not hesitate to seek help (resources* linked below). Having said that, video games in moderation do bring about many benefits and here are 6 of them!

1) Improve coordination

Whether it be Tetris (for the old school) or PUBG (for you Gen Z), many games rely on good hand-eye coordination and quick reaction. This constant training helps make for steadier hands and quicker responses.

Research has shown that virtual surgeries serve as useful training aids for aspiring surgeons. In fact, high schoolers who played more video games did better in these virtual surgeries than medical students (source). Of course, that is not to say that video games alone can train an effective surgeon, but it certainly helps improve their sense of coordination. Also, the next time your parents express their disappointment at you for not being a doctor, you now have the perfect comeback, “because you didn’t let me play video games, ma!”

2) Help us keep fit

Ever since most of us became stuck at home, there has been a rising trend of people doing HIIT and posting them on Instagram. However, for those of us who are more inclined towards reclining—on couches—not floors mind you, we might need a little more motivation to make up for our lack of physical activity. As it turns out, a study by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has showed that playing motion-controlled games (such as those on Nintendo’s Wii platform), burns as much calories as walking on the treadmill, which in turn is thrice that of simply watching Netflix (source). By the way, virtual reality (VR) games count as motion-controlled too.