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What are the benefits of playing video games?



  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 7,060
    Necro post. I thought I had seen it before.

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  • GdemamiGdemami Member EpicPosts: 12,067
    You always know that you have something cool and exciting to do when you're back home. You know that you have more choice than people who only read books or watch TV series. There're dozen of worlds in which you can get involved. That's pure magic
    ...you can say the same about crack waiting for you to get home, however I would hesitate to list it as a "benefit".
  • JemcrystalJemcrystal Member UncommonPosts: 1,935
    Games have always been a social outlet, stress relief, and mind/memory improvement in every culture throughout all history.  As is all art.

  • KrimzinKrimzin Member UncommonPosts: 683
    Its a cheaper hobby than going to the Bar. Safer too. No such thing  Gaming While Intoxicated. Id be a repeat offender.

    Just because I'm a gamer doesn't mean I drive a Honda.

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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member EpicPosts: 7,487
    Teens/young adults can get in alot of trouble with other things...Video games are relatively harmless comparatively.
  • NorseGodNorseGod Member EpicPosts: 2,634
    I went from blowing $450 per weekend to $15-$30 per month.

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  • blamo2000blamo2000 Member RarePosts: 1,020
    What is the benefit of doing anything?  If you are older, have a stressful job and a family, it is a way to recharge and be a little more stable to face the horrors each new day brings.  Its my me-time.  
  • pollard5pollard5 Newbie CommonPosts: 5
    In layman's terms, playing video games directly affects and impacts regions of the brain responsible for memory, spatial orientation, information organizations, and fine motor skills. The study also reinforces the claim that, like exercise, playing games for as little as 30 minutes a day, can improve your life.
  • fyehu43fyehu43 Newbie CommonPosts: 33
    I would say the benefit is the social aspect and sense of community. Also filled out the survey

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  • PhryPhry Member LegendaryPosts: 11,004
    fyehu43 said:
    I would say the benefit is the social aspect and sense of community. Also filled out the survey
    if they are still collating the information 2+ years later i would be mildly shocked to say the least.
  • sarahmorgan392sarahmorgan392 Newbie CommonPosts: 1
    edited January 29
    Scot said:
    Does anyone else think its rather strange that after gaming started to make more money than movies we got so many people telling us how good it was for us?

    Back in the day it was anti-social, cultist, irreligious, made us more violent and turned us into criminals. :)

    I'm a a bit suspicious as well, Industries are no good until governments can make money from it. Look at all the craze now about marijuana for example. Video and online gaming is now a multi billion dollars industry, you are going to find all kinds of experts and statistics
  • ultimateduckultimateduck Member RarePosts: 751
    The benefit is what you get out of it for the money spent.

    If you sit in your basement and play games 20 hours a day, then gaming offers no benefit (unless you make a butt-ton of money playing games).

    If you play 2-4 hours a day but spend an butt-ton of money in a P2W game, then gaming offers little benefit. (unless you are sitting on fat stacks)

    If you play during free time while still taking care of your real life obligations, then gaming offers a mental release from the daily grind, which is very beneficial.
  • blamo2000blamo2000 Member RarePosts: 1,020
    The main benefit is it gives you something interesting to do and focus your mind on instead of important things so life goes by faster and this shit show ends sooner.  
  • Panther2103Panther2103 Member EpicPosts: 5,540
    For me it takes me out of the anxiety and stress of my job and is a nice way to spend my time while I'm at home. 
  • viniebenet3viniebenet3 Newbie CommonPosts: 1
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  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member EpicPosts: 2,186
    The biggest benefit? I kill pixels rather than real people.

    MMORPG.COM took away my swinging cheerleader butt .gif.

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