Positive Effects Of Video Games

Online games make you dumb is a common misconception. Recent studies show that playing online games has positive effects. A survey from an article at Forbes even listed a few benefits gained from the said activity based on a number of gamers.

This is something I've been meaning to write about. Game streaming and Esports have been growing by leaps and bounds especially since the pandemic started. Yes, you've read that right. Esports where professional gamers compete against one another where trophies and cash prices are involved.

There are also streamers who earn by means of sponsorships and donations from fans which is really cool. Imagine earning money by playing online games in the comfort of your home! Sounds like a dream come true to me!

I grew up playing online games and even till now still continues to do so. I turned out pretty ok if I say so myself but now that I have kids, I did some research on what effects it might have If I let them play too. This will be in moderation since too much of anything is never good. I'm actually surprised to find out a few positive effects of playing video games.

1 Improves Cognitive Functions: It's a broad term that refers to mental processes involved in the acquisition of knowledge, manipulation of information, and reasoning. I played various online games when I was a kid and this does make sense. I usually learn about a game's story, gameplay, controls and tries to absorb everything simultaneously in order to finish the game.

2 Hand and Eye Coordination: It's given we use our hands and eyes to play video games and by doing so helps us to process and do tasks at the same time. Some would say that it's even considered multitasking since you have to process what you see, think of solutions and control the game all at the same time.

3 Teamwork and Sportsmanship: We as parents should guide our kids about this but online games can definitely show them how to work together in order to win. Losing can also teach them humility and strengthens their ability to handle adversities.

4 Improves Decision Making: Online games can help you make quick and accurate decisions since some games have a time limit where you need to do quick response and fast action. A perfect example would be this free game I've been playing called Open Restaurant. They have various game categories including simulations which is one of my favorites.

I used to play games like Harvestmoon and Restaurant City so this immediately caught my attention.


The main goal is to serve as many customers as possible. Prioritizing which one came first and which tasks you should do first in order to do things effectively.

Here's a little sneak peek on my highest score~

I did play outdoor games with my cousins but when I grew up a bit I ended up playing lots of video games. Most of my interactions were online which I think could be one of the reasons why I prefer writing instead of verbally talking to people. Playing games also inspired me to take IT as my college course which gave me opportunities to work on my passion including the work I'm doing right now. So, to answer the question if I'll let my kids play online games too? Absolutely! I wouldn't want them to miss opportunities to learn a thing or two as well as to have fun when they play with me.

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  1. Samantha4/27/2021

    I think this is a great post. There is some negative connotation with playing video games but I agree that there are a lot of positive effects too!

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  2. I love this post. I've never been in that camp of video games being terible for kids. I've always thought that they promoted a lot of different ways of thinking.

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  3. I am glad that I read something positive about playing video games. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I can definitely see how video games can have these positive effects. I enjoy playing, myself!

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  5. My brother plays video games in all his spare time and he's a very intelligent, straight A student. I'm glad you posted this article because I do think there's a misconception that video games are bad for you.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this article because I do think there's a misconception that video games are bad for you.

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  7. Video games sometimes gives out a negative impression when people became addicted to such. It really depends on how we use it. Glad that you point out the positive points about video games. Couldn't agree more on this.

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  8. Love this post! You don't hear about positives of video games often but there are a ton of good points here.

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  9. I thoroughly believe there are some positive effects of video games. There's always been a lot of negative connotations surrounding them, but honestly it depends on the game in my opinion.

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  10. Video games or any type of games and typically cognitively useful, but anything in excess isn't optimal.

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  11. I think it really helps build character such as teamwork and collaboration. When used right, it is helpful for kids but we should also limit them with video games. Just in moderation!

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