The Case for Video Games

Updated: Apr 6


November 24th, 2021



David Peachment












 

The Case for Video Games



Video games have gotten a bad rap over the years for a number of reasons. From causing violence to turning minds into pudding, games get blamed for a medley of issues. I don’t want to spend this whole blog post focusing on the negative aspects of video games, but more so the positive ones like what video games can bring to young minds. In the next paragraph, I’ll quickly discuss some of the potential negatives and then get into the meaty positives following that.

First off, I do want to dispel the rumour that video games cause violence. There has not been a single study or research paper that has found a direct and causal link between video games and violence in the 40+ years games have been in the home. I myself was even involved heavily in a research study on the topic back when I was in university! There’s just simply no link. With any form of entertainment, there is always the possibility of spending too much time on it, ignoring other tasks and duties, and procrastinating from work. Setting clear boundaries and expectations is the best way to combat this! And regarding any additional potential negative benefit, I would reply with the tried and true “everything in moderation.” But now, let’s get into some of what video games can offer!



Hand-Eye Coordination and Critical Thinking


A couple of the skills I want to highlight are the development of hand-eye coordination and improving critical thinking. Video games significantly boost these skills as they are essential to succeed in games. Since video games require one to be able to translate what they see on screen to making their hands push some buttons on a controller, a kid has to develop lightning-fast reflexes to pass challenges and levels. They must learn to jump at the right time to avoid getting killed, they need to push buttons in the proper sequence in a timed event or risk losing, and they need to be able to avoid enemies quickly at the push of a button. Studies have even shown that kids who play video games regularly do develop better hand-eye coordination, which makes sense with what I’ve been saying in this paragraph.