Most people believe that they know exactly how video games influence a person’s behavior. Not only that, they also know what kind of an effect they have on your brain – an extremely negative one. It is common knowledge that people, mostly teenagers, who spend a lot of time playing video games turn into mindless zombies incapable of getting or keeping a decent job.
Fortunately, many of us are aware of how reliable and accurate common knowledge really is. For this reason, and many others, one of them being my undeniable love for video games, I’ve decided to do a little research to finally give a proper answer to the question of the effect of video games on your brain.
The impact of video games on brain functions has been the focus of many studies ever since playing became a very popular and widespread activity. We will take a closer look at the results of research, hoping that it will give us some kind of an answer.
When they first started coming out, video games were considered a form of entertainment devoid of anything that could be considered valuable. As years passed, more and more people were drawn into their imaginary worlds, and the number of video game fans has been growing ever since.
There have also been changes in the way critics view them. Regardless of their genre, plot, main characters and soundtrack, even the experts on subjects of art and aesthetics seem to believe that video games are not just games.
In this article, we will try to discuss the shift of thought regarding the question of video games as art and give reasons as to why video games absolutely should be considered art.
What we consider art seems at first glance to be a bunch of things that don’t have anything in common. I mean, should movies and oil paintings really be squeezed into the same category?
Well, those are just two different forms of what we call art, and the reason why they exist is the fact that people are able of expressing themselves in many different ways. This is exactly why we have what is known as the seven art forms.
For thousands of years people relied on games to train their bodies and obtain the skills they will need to survive. Just think of kids playing house, a basic game that helps children understand family dynamics. Computer games expanded the study opportunities greatly and today you can use them to learn a great deal of things, from strategic planning to business development.
However, all those things are theories, so does this mean that games are only good for training your mind? It does appear so, especially where computer gaming is concerned. But the developers of today prove this concept wrong developing games connected to the kinetic control system. According to them, these programs will allow us to acquire various physical skills through playing and even master Brazilian jiu-jitsu and other types of martial arts.
Do you think it’s true?
Many people are rather skeptical about this method of mastering BJJ, but personally I’m sure that one can learn quite a lot with the right combination of software and hardware. After all, jiu-jitsu is no all about wearing comfortable gi and training in a dojo. According to some renowned BJJ champions, understanding the concepts of this martial art and learning basic positions makes up the biggest part of mastering the art as a whole.
Of course, no game can replace endless hours of severe physical conditioning that one must undergo in order to obtain the strength and speed necessary to practice this martial art professionally. However, I do believe that some games can teach you the basics on a level that will allow you to get out of a tight spot should the need ever arise.
Motion-sensing controls are the key to learning martial arts, or any other physical skill through gaming. This technology really changed the industry as today it’s possible to play a game and work out at the same time. In fact, many people get so caught up in the game that they perform more exercises than they would during an ordinary fitness training session. And let’s not forget how much more enjoyable this kind of workout is.
According to statistics, a great number of people give up on going to gyms or exercising at home because their trainings are dull and they are distracted by more interesting things they could be doing instead of exercising. “Boring” definitely isn’t the word you will use if you play a role playing game imagining yourself to be a kickass martial arts master who can protect the innocents and take out monsters with a few well-aimed punches. Actually punching the air with your Xbox controllers is a good exercise, especially if you take the time to learn how to punch right.
Considering all this, I can say that I believe that one can learn martial arts through gaming. You won’t become a master in them without extensive physical training and guidance from a professional instructor. However, mastering the basics is possible, and it will be up to you where to go from there. These games can also serve as a training exercise for those who has already mastered the art and wants to stay in shape and have some fun at the same time.
I recently visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Did you know that it is the largest in the world? It is the only aquarium other than those in Asia to have sharks! Sounds terrifying and there had been some controversy regarding keeping dangerous sharks in the aquarium, but nevertheless the thrill you get being up close to the sharks is certainly worth it.
After visiting the aquarium, I had a sudden longing to play video games on fishing. While video games on fishing theme existed since 1980s, it was not as popular as now. Now you have newer and more advanced gaming features. The motion capture tech has been exploited well in the fishing games adding a more realistic touch to your experience. If you’re thinking of playing such games, I have to warn you that for every wonderful fishing game there are twice as many bad ones too. So here are some of the best ones I had played and found excellent.
This is an Xbox 360 game launched in 2009. It can also be played in WII. Both amateur and professional anglers can play this game making it a versatile and best game of this list. The fact that makes this game stand apart is its makers had appreciated the actual fishing, which has made the game more inventive and intriguing. You need some special angling skills to play this game and it is quite challenging. You get a controller rod with Xbox for this game. The rotors present inside the rod shake when you play, providing the needed tension as you cast the line or when a fish is caught.
This is a PSP game launched in 2006. The best part of this game is its exceptional controls. The arcade mode, close up shots, fishing tournaments, time trial and exotic locations are great attractions here. In fact playing this game had me thinking about the Georgia aquarium. For such big aquariums, maintenance is quite challenging. Using efficient canister filters such as the ones available here would help.
Pro Fishing Challenge
This is an Xbox game introduced in 2004. This simulation game has plenty of customizations you would enjoy doing. From your looks to the location and lures, you can have your fill of customization. For real life anglers this is a perfect game, as it is just as if you would prepare for your fishing trip, selecting the necessary gear.
Sega Bass fishing
Introduced in 1999, this game is played in WII, Xbox 360, PS3, and Dreamcast. It is in arcade style and has been updated since its launch with newer twists you would love to have a go at. The fishing controller you get with this game is the best, as it is just like actual fishing. When this game was first launched, it got many rave reviews.
Reel fishing: Angler’s dream
Introduced in 2009, this game is for WII. The tranquil lakes, sizzling streams, and exotic tropical beaches are a real treat to the eye. You have more than 40 salt and fresh water species to catch here. The ultimate goal however is to get the big catch or legendary fish for which you need to know some really difficult tricks. And when you are not out fishing, you can find some useful tips, check out the prizes and safeguard your catch in the aquarium present.
If you can look back and remember the first video games, it is clear that in this field happened big changes. Their development went from the games in the form of text, up to the today’s graphic solutions, which are almost fully realistic.
The first video game was created in the 70s of the last century, and probably many of today’s gamers do not know that it existed. It was a time when the computer was a privilege, not part of the inventory in each house. Colossal Cave Adventure is a game that did not include images and video content, but only the text in the form of descriptions of the caves. From players was required to enter the text to navigate through the caves.
The next step in the development of video games was converting text into a video content. Well, that video content is generally looked like a bunch of well-ordered lines and single- color dots on a black background. After that, in the early 90s occurred the development of arcade games, which had a better graphic performance and required a bit more skills for playing. Game development at the same time included the development of video game skills – from typed text, through navigating with the joystick, to today’s games that react to your movement.
Time and progress minimize all, so the huge consoles for arcade games are replaced with more practical and smaller variant of consoles with cartridges. Among them are the most famous Nintendo and Sega consoles and Super Mario Brothers as the main characters by which Nintendo became and stayed recognizable. These consoles with cartridges were later replaced with games on discs, for which was necessary to have a new, different console like Sony Play Station. The breakthrough of Sony Play Stations on the market suppressed a Sega production. This free space on the market has filled with Microsoft’s Xbox playing consoles. Nintendo still follows this match on the market with their Wii consoles.
A growing gaming industry implies the development of gaming accessories. In addition to the consoles, there are joysticks that are progressing from those with a 4 directions pad to those with buttons. For playing games, today is a keyboard of your computer sufficient. Additional gaming accessories are steering wheels, guns, helmets, pedals for driving, and similar equipment that simplifies gaming and simulates real situations. They will not leave into the past, although today’s video games, such as those on Wii consoles, have sensors that react to our movements.
Although the games were designed for children’s entertainment, it is no secret that even adults showed interest in playing them. In fact, this trend has been recognized by the gaming companies and today’s games are more and more intended for adults. When an audience grows, performance requirements are greater, and there are new possibilities and a different gaming concept. Playing games is no longer a solitary activity, or activity for two. Connected via the Internet, you can play with the whole team of players or against the whole crowd of the opponents.
Graphic of today’s game is improving, and the characters, backgrounds, lights, and movements are more and more realistic. Does this mean that simple games went into oblivion? Not yet! In fact, they are the most common applications on today’s smartphones and iPhones. Their advantage is easy, short and simple playing and understanding ideal for wasting time in a bus without too much interference in the game activity. Although simple, these games are developing too, and there is no doubt that they will be outdated very soon.
Video games are not intrinsically bad. I’ve talked about that fact time and again in many of my posts. I might sound patronizing or biased but studies prove this point. Who would have thought, video games can actually help increase children’s musicality?
Video games, particularly musical console games, have actually inspired a lot of youngsters take up a ‘real’ instrument and even pursue ‘real’ music-making. These virtual games teach children to appreciate music at an early age. Games such as Singstar, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, with over 2.5 million sold copies, have a huge influence among its avid players, according to a report by Youth Music – UK’s largest music charity.
The graphic video, music, plot, and gameplay make these games very exciting and fun for players. Their being family oriented and immersive also make them highly popular.
According to the study, 19 per cent of youngsters were inspired to learn a music instrument after playing music-based video games. Moreover, more than half of the 12 million youngsters in the UK, aged between 3 and 18, play music-themed computer games.
Music games range from sing-alongs to instrument playing. Karaoke style music consoles challenge its players to hit the right notes and tune. But unlike the usual karaoke, it adds up some twists and fun challenges, along with exciting rewards and level upgrades.
Some of the more popular music instruments to hit video consoles include guitar, piano and drums. These games are more immersive and often come with an electronic musical instrument as joystick. Drums were among the first to hit the virtual world, with many you can enjoy at video game arcades. Guitars and pianos are also very popular.
Video games can be credited with the early introduction of youngsters to music. What’s great about music games is that musical skills and performance confidence acquired are transferrable to real life. It makes transitioning from virtual world to the real world a lot easier.
Gaining skills even challenge youngster to move from one instrument to another. A friend of mine moved from virtual guitar to playing trumpets, and he played it impressively. He even encouraged me to learn how to play trumpets. I was searching for a ‘starter’ trumpet and found this review site helpful. They have a long list trumpet brands which helped simplify my search.
The influence of video games among young people is unquestionable, and this study conclusively shows how it can be used the positive way. Music console games can help youngsters develop confidence in performance, and introduce essential skills for playing instruments – such as rhythm, pitch, coordination, dexterity, and hand-eye co-ordination.
The limitations of virtual instruments encourage people to transition to real instruments. And capitalizing on this interest can certainly lead to positive results. Who knows these video games might inspire our future musical prodigies.
Video games are like books and film, and in more than a few ways if you ask some people. Me, I’m just talking about all the different genres which exist in the system. There are horror, adventure, mystery, romance and even comedy games, just like there are movies and books for each of these genres and far more beyond them. With all the different types of video games, there’s literally something for everybody at this point. However, as widely varied as gaming is, there are still some types of video games which still don’t exist. I’ll talk more about that in a little bit.
First, I think it’s important to focus on just how far gaming has come in its life. Video games used to be very simple compared to what they are today; I’m talking about two paddles and a dot on a black screen for those of you who’ve never heard of Pong. I already mentioned a handful of different genres, but those are again just a handful, not a definitive list. There are many types of games which have yet to appear, but far more which have appeared over the last several decades. The industry is making big strides in the right direction with all this variety. But there’s still something missing.
I’ve actually talked about effective cooking simulators in the past, but today I’m going to rant about singing. Or more specifically, games where singing is the main thing the player does to progress from one level or stage to the next. Games like the American Idol series, which by all accounts should actually contain singing (being about singers and all…) are reduced to little more than bland DDR clones where directional pads do everything. This is a far cry from singing into a microphone at a karaoke bar and having people boo or applaud you based on your performance. Look at this website for more on those.
The major limitation here is technology which simply hasn’t advanced far enough. I understand what the problem is. But what I don’t understand is how little progress is being made towards creating a game like I’ve outlined above. Smellovision, yeah, it makes sense that nothing like that exists, at least yet. But why are there no games that judge a person’s voice, tone, pitch, speed and other singing qualities? We have machines which can recognize the unique sound of a person, along with security systems which literally respond to one person and no other based on voice recognition.
So where are the good singing games? I’m no great singer myself, but I know a few people who rather enjoy doing it even when they’re sober, and of them, some actually don’t sound bad at all. A game like this would be perfect for them, I think. Maybe something like that will appear in the future, and hopefully not too long away from now. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an interactive singing experience, you’ll just have to get it the old fashioned way – I’m sure that Karaoke Isle website could help with finding a good machine.
You know how there are certain tells you can see when looking at a person, like marks or blemishes that reveal something about them? That stuff is for real. In fact, I can think of one very good example right off the top of my head. I’m talking about the PC gamer’s mark; it’s something just about every steady PC gamer gets and something they should quickly recognize on another person. You might be wondering right now whether this is true or not, but I guarantee this is the sort of tell you would pay money to have if this situation was translated to poker.
Well, I’ll tell you exactly what it is. But first, the odds are good you’ll find this mark on a person’s right hand, even if that person has a dominant left hand rather than left. This is because most computer setups feature the most on the right, and as lefties everywhere will tell you, it’s usually a lot easier to just adjust to something for a righty than demand a new setup altogether. What I’m talking about is a telltale callus which tends to appear on the right side of the right hand, near the wrist. If you see one of these on someone, it’s a fairly safe bet they do a lot of PC gaming.
You might wonder how I could make such a definitive statement, and I’ll explain. Because many gamers tend to lean on the hand operating their mouse or touchpad, even though that’s technically bad for wrist joints, there is usually a certain amount of pressure which gets put on the side of the operating hand. Steady pressure over a good deal of time with little movement leads to a massive callus. I think I’d compare it to something like the hard bit of skin that grows on the outer curve of a person’s large toe if they happen to wear shoes for most of the day, every day.
It’s big, but not exactly noticeable. Once you know what to look for though, you’ll be surprised how many men and women have this massive tell sitting on or about their right wrist. As for me, I like to use specialized machines to keep that callus from growing large and becoming an eyesore. Click here to read more about getting rid of dead skin without hurting yourself. It’s not like I’m embarrassed or have anything to hide; I just like my privacy and not broadcasting facts about my life to every stranger I meet, you know?
Maybe that has something to do with the fact I rather enjoy playing a few hands of poker now and then. In games like that, the sights and sounds you reveal to your opponents could be the difference between having them fold out of a pot or sink in everything they’ve got, certain they can beat you. I prefer to say and do as little as possible at such times, thereby giving my viewers and listeners the smallest amount of information possible. This thing about keeping my PC gaming private is somewhat similar.
It amazes me how many mundane, everyday tasks are immortalized in video game fashion in the form of simulators, side quests or mini games. Things like taking care of virtual dogs, or flying a virtual plane, or growing crops at a virtual farm might not sound too exciting on their face, but simulators are some of the most popular types of video games today.
Like every other genre, there are some good sim games and some bad ones. Oddly enough, I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen any really good cooking simulators hitting the market. It seems like the sort of game which would actually be educational for most players.
I mean, think about it. Learning how to cook is akin to, well, learning how to drive. Or learning what to do if you get caught in a fire, for that matter; these are all essentially survival skills that people need to live. So why are there no good cooking simulators around? There are dozens of games that simulate the act of driving, and though I can’t specifically recall any games about escaping burning buildings, I know the act itself appears in perhaps hundreds of different action and shooting games. Consider the following, if you would.
First, cooking comes with costs. Food, utensils, tools and even things like non-stick cooking spray when pan frying, all of these cost money. And while you probably won’t go destroying your pots and pans even if you do a bad job, it’s certainly possible to waste a lot of money by cooking foods badly. Second, why has nobody capitalized on this?
Just think of all the money some cooking training could save a person, and how happy they would be to give a small fraction of that total amount to the game producer that helped them save it in the first place? This really boggles my mind.
To put it plainly, the cost of a decent grill alone is worlds beyond that of a single video game, and you can check over at http://www.backyardbbqguru.com/ to see just how expensive some grilling system can be if you don’t believe me. Why should people pay so much money only to get something they or the recipient of the gift they buy has no idea how to use? It’s shameful. Because I don’t see any really good cooking or grilling simulations being released in the near future either, I started thinking and pretty quickly came up with a solution for this. It’s not great, but it’s something.
You could practice your grilling at local parks perhaps, at least if they have those basic, boxy grills rooted into the ground with cement like you can find at some parks – I’ve seen them before and I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about here. You could always bring some coal and a bit of cheap meat to such a place and try cooking on a grill for yourself without buying all the expensive equipment and accessories. You may find you don’t even like cooking on a grill. How much money might that save you, eh?
Considering the people who probably keep up with my thoughts here, I bet there are members of my audience who still enjoy gaming at arcades. Sure, there aren’t as many of them around as there used to be; you can only find really good ones regularly at the midway sections of fairs and carnivals in my experience. There are a handful of other locations too, like kids’ party places, full time arcades like you might find in a mall, even the occasional eatery, bar or hotel. Finding arcades to play at isn’t exactly tough, but find good shoes for long gaming sessions can be.
For starters, you need shoes that fit. This isn’t a problem for most people, but if you have especially large or wide feet, it’s not always an easy thing to do. Most shoe stores are just retail outlets for warehouses situated elsewhere, so while they may appear to only go up to certain lengths and widths with their footwear, the odds are good they have something for you – just not on site. The first step to finding comfortable gaming shoes, or any shoes for that matter, is getting accurate measurements of your feet. It’s a surprisingly easy step too; just head to a shore store and ask to be sized.
Now, the reason you get your numbers and sizing information like this is so that you shop for shoes online as well as in person and still feel confident about the shoes you purchase. Like clothes, shoes can be tough to buy online since you can’t try them on, see how they fit or feel how they grip your feet while walking, running or for our purposes, standing still for long periods of time. Armed with accurate measurements, you already have a far better chance of getting the right footwear than people who go shopping without that same information. Some reviews for good shoes could also help here.
Now that you know what you need and you have places where you can look and (hopefully) find it, starting the actual search is the next logical step. Looking for shoes which are comfortable for standing for long periods of time is good, but also a very clunky bunch of words to try and fit into a search engine, even a good one. You might consider looking for shoes which were designed for more active users, but which are no less comfortable or supportive for the feet wearing them. Looking at sports shoes like at http://nicershoes.com/finding-the-best-zumba-shoes-for-class/ wouldn’t necessarily be a waste of time.
In the end, shopping for shoes specifically tailored to gaming at arcades is very similar to just shopping for any shoes at all in general. You’re going to want something that fits, so you’ll need your measurements. You’re also going to want something that feels good and lasts a while, which is where the reviews come into the process. Beyond that, feel free to customize the things; maybe add some bright colors or other designs to distract other players during Dance Dance Revolution, just to name one specific example. Little edges like that are keys to victory in many things, not just gaming.
They were complaining to me about not being allowed to play outside in the sun. I gave them one of my basketball video games to play. Though they would have preferred playing the game in real time, they reluctantly agreed to play it. Soon they were so caught up in the action that they gave up all thoughts about their angst. Video games certainly keep you occupied and turn even the diehard fan of real time games to become addicted. Here are some more games that will help you get through the rest of summer happily.
Major League Baseball
This game featuring the great Ken Griffey, Jr, is a perfect game to watch mainly because of the simple game play. The pitch, batting and fielding are all very simple to grasp and you have some great hitters like Barry Bonds, Griffey, Frank Thomas, and others giving you an awesome gameplay. This game is accessible and great fun to play.
This NES game has some bold and revolutionary deviation from the stereotypes. You get to punch the life out of boxing greats such as Von Kaiser, Piston Honda, Don Flamenco, King Hippo and others. Once you beat them all, you get to be kicked by the all-time great Mike Tyson! I love boxing and have my own punching bag, which I had bought at PunchingBagPro. I use it almost daily. It helps to give some well-needed exercise to my body. It also makes me vent out my frustration, whatever the source is, after few rounds at it, so is a great relaxing tool for me.
Track and field
This PlayStation 2 game released in 2000 is a multiplayer game that makes you plunge into rash button mashing. With the save-record feature, you get to be the fastest athlete alive until of course someone beats you to it. The swimming game needs you to hammer relentlessly on the shoulder buttons, which makes you, exhausted after some time, as if you’d actually done the swimming in real time.
This Xbox 360 game was a hot favorite during my college days. While sports videos don’t usually keep you that engrossed, especially basketball games with all 82 games, I took to it like fish to water with my friends giving me good company. The four of us would fight over the team selection, make ridiculous trades, and start playing finally. And to say the truth, the game helped to keep the place quiet for the duration of the game. Which is why, I got the idea of giving the video game to my neighbor’s kids. By the look of things, it certainly worked its magic on them too.
While I was visiting my aunt’s place a few days back, I was given the third degree by my cousin. She has just finished school and is an avid gamer like me. I guess it runs in the family. What she was so worked up about is I hadn’t brought her the video games she had asked me to bring. Well to say the truth I forgot about her request, as I had been quite busy before the trip. I however convinced her that I’d get the games during my next visit.
Video games are not just for the enjoyment of boys. But the general thought that comes to mind as one mentions video gamers is that it is only the boys and young adult men who prefer playing the games. But as my cousin is standing proof, there are hardcore girl gamers too out there who don’t get enough credit for the addiction they have to video games.
So as I am searching for some good video games to get for her, here are some top games for girls that are popular now. You can find games that are filled with violent shooting and virtual war, and some nonviolent and traditional girl games that are big favorites among girls. My cousin who has just enrolled in a nail technician course loves the shooting games better than the traditional games.
This is great as competition and exercise. And for girls who love to dance this is the perfect choice. Even boys love it. For girls who feel shy about dancing in public, this is a great choice.
Mario is one of the earliest games that kids born in 1990s love to play. Princess, Luigi and Mario are favorite game characters that both boys and girls of all ages love. You now get Mario on Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo, Wii and GameCube.
Sims is the best game for role-play enthusiasts. The game lets you create whole families with each member moving from birth to old age. You can control the job, love interest they have and their path in life. My cousin especially wanted this game as she wanted to present it to her senior in her college who has just finished her nail technician course. I learnt that nail technicians earn a sizeable salary, which had been one of the factors that made my cousin pick the course.
This is an addictive game for gamers who love building and taking part in adventures. The game is more about puzzle solving and creativity. It lets girls experiment with their creativity and is just right for teen and pre-teen age girls. The game is accessible via applications as well as the internet.
Although this game started first on Facebook, it is now the most popular game available. The interactive game lets you grow an entire farm and the game is free. But you need to buy the upgrades for the game. This virtual reality addictive game has players growing crops and plants, raising animals and having a leisurely and fun time overall.