Video games aren’t necessarily detrimental to kids. In fact, they can offer benefits to them!
How can kids benefit from playing online games?
- Improved Coordination
- Improved Problem-solving Skills
- Better Multitasking Skills
- Improved Social Skills
There is a multitude of online games across different platforms—a large number of gamers play on their video game consoles or gaming desktops at home, while the same, if not more, amount prefer to play in gaming internet cafes. Both of them provide players the opportunity to be part of the online community, and the chance to be a professional gamer and be a part of the Philippine esports scene.
Being a professional is a serious business. The competition is heavy, the prize money is considerably huge, and the potential sponsorships and recognition are overwhelming. It isn’t an easy job and a lot of grinding is required before you can even be qualified to be a professional, but the rewards sure are worth the hard work.
However, these aren’t the only benefits that online games offer. There is still the unique sense of fun that they offer, which has always been the main reason why video games have been loved by many, among other things. These benefits don’t apply to just professionals—they apply to all kinds and types of gamers, regardless of gender or age.
Kids, who are generally the most captivated by video games in general, can greatly benefit from the thousands of video games available today in different ways—some of which you will be reading about below.
Gaming isn’t staring at the screen for hours while mashing at the controller or clicking the mouse until something amazing happens.
Every key has its function, and there is a specific type of input required for different situations. The wrong button at any point in the game can result in anything from disrupting the execution of a strategy to losing the match completely.
Winning a match—or playing a video game properly, for that matter—requires the player to coordinate his visual and hearing senses with his physical movements (his hands). This is an effective way to stimulate the mind especially for kids, who are able to absorb information faster than adults.
Improved Problem-solving Skills
The way video games work is very similar to how actual life works: you need to progress and grow over time, and there will always be problems that need solving and walls that need climbing over.
There will even be times that you encounter a problem so troublesome that you think that you couldn’t solve it, but a solution is just around the corner—and video games are surprisingly good with this.
Video games help children understand that there are always ways to face a problem properly, and that any situation can be handled when they think well enough, and with enough effort. Effectively, kids learn to make use of every resource they have, and to never stop until they fully achieve what they were aiming for.
Better Multitasking Skills
The basic concept of video games is simple: work your way through objectives, and accomplish your mission—whatever that may be.
The problem, though, is that there isn’t always just one objective at a time. At times, you will have to deal with four, two of which must be done simultaneously—not to mention that they come with a specific set of instructions. Failing one would mean failing the other, and kids absolutely despise ‘game over’ screens.
Kids develop the ability to multitask while playing video games, centered on their desire to complete the game as best they can. It’s an important skill that they will certainly need in the future, and video games help in enhancing it.
Improved Social Skills
It is always possible for a highly skilled player to take over the game and carry his team to victory regardless of the situation. It would be great if this happens all the time, but the truth is, it doesn’t. This is why teams and game plans exist.
Whether playing with a friend at home, at a gaming internet cafe, or online, strategy building and tactical execution requires communication between teammates. If a player is bad at this, he can affect his teammates in a bad way. Everyone gets confused, chaos ensues, and before they know it, they have lost by a mile.
Online games offer not just enjoyment and competition—there is the chance of becoming a part of vibrant gaming communities as well, where there are millions of players to discuss with, which is sometimes necessary to become better. Kids are exposed to different kinds of people, and they become aware that there is an appropriate way of dealing and talking with each person.
Online gaming is full of people that are striving to be at the top and earn rewards—or to be a part of the professional scene of esports in the Philippines, even. But ultimately, their primary purpose will always be to entertain people—kids, especially.
Online games have a number of benefits to children, ranging from improving their overall brain function to helping them become better at dealing with different kinds of individuals. They provide kids the opportunity to enjoy themselves while aiding in the development of their personal, mental, and social qualities.