Is gaming good for you? Of course, we all know the answer to that is “Stop bothering me, I’m trying to game.” Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have some science to back you up when someone makes the ridiculous assertion that games are a waste of time.
This great infographic from Woodstock Productions (sponsored link) shows us six ways gaming can benefit us in everyday life. Show it to the next person who spouts nonsense at you, and get back into the game while they educate themselves. Scrubs.
Problem Solving Skills and Negotiation
From pattern recognition games like The Witness, to non-lateral thinkers like Portal, games force us to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems. These skills are highly transferable in the creative fields.
Judgement, Analysis, and Strategic Thinking
The skills that help us take a step back from our situation, weigh up the options, and act accordingly. All skills needed to succeed at RTS games – like Tooth and Tail – and great skills to have in a business environment. Starcraft is making you a better business person. It’s a fact.
Communication Skills and Networking
Leeroy Jenkins was hilarious. Also, no-one wants to be Leeroy Jenkins. Team co-ordination is vital in shooters and MMO’s, and vital away from the monitor, too.
Narrative Skills & Transmedia Navigation
The stories we experience in games can help us recognize storytelling techniques in other mediums. Playing visual novels like Doki Doki Literature Club can help us understand how stories are constructed, increasing our literacy across all media.
Non-Linear Thinking Patterns
Navigating complex, non-linear narratives like Her Story help us approach problems differently.
Improved Attention, Vision, and Cognition
Any high intensity game, such as Super Meat Boy, required high levels of attention and lightning quick reactions to play. Outside of games, these same abilities help us to learn new information.