Reasons computer games are good for your brain: Why Children should be encouraged into console gaming

Posted by admin on Jul 8, 2009 in geekery, lists, opinion, technology

kidgaming Games and kids. They go together like Ribena¬†and Hobnobs or anything of the confectionery nature, but all too often parents tend to regard console antics equal to truancy in terms of ¬†desired activities for their lil ‘uns. But I don’t think this is necessarily fair or wise, and think the perception that games ares somehow wasteful, pointless and a bad influence should be counteracted.

I’d go so far as to say kids should be actively ENCOURAGED to pick up a Playstation pad as there is wealth of learning to be had from gametime that will be invaluable to their future development.

And here’s why.

-They teach you patience and reward you with bonus levels

How many hours did you have to play Zelda before you learnt the moves that would unlock the realm? It wasn’t just handed to you on a plate now was it- to succeed in games takes time, skill and dedication, all qualities we should want to foster in the youth of today. Magical realism now, surgeons of the future in ten years?

-They improve hand eye co-ordination

Team games are great but not every kid has the skills or the confidence to run straight into rounders or tennis. The majority of games require you to be very dexterous with your fingers which will improve your ability to react and interact with moving objects. Naturally the Wii takes this to a whole new level, and should boost confidence and aptitude when playing IRL. Read more…

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