Hi there fellow gamers, of the many things I am, a scientist is not one of them! But I did come across an article on sciencedaily.com that boasts playing video games as a child has many structural changes to your brain.

The Debate

The debate on the effects of video games on children and adults has been raging since first pong game. As gamers become more and more relevant to the world, the debate will become even more heated. IKEA will begin developing gamer specific furniture, acknowledging the market going from niche to mainstream.

Enter the mainstream

As we enter the mainstream, the debate will no doubt become more fervent regarding gamings’ effects. The article is from the Universitat Oberte de Catalunya with the summary, “New research reveals how cognitive changes can take place even years after people stop playing.” To crudely summarise the article of people with Ph.D. qualifications. Even after people stopped gaming, they performed better than those who never gamed. Playing video games as a child affected their working memory. Marco Paulos, who has a Ph.D. from UOC, is quoted, “Video games are a perfect recipe for strengthening our cognitive skills, almost without our noticing.”

Sorry joe rogan

The article also mentions that different video games affect different parts of the brain. According to Paulus, what most have in common is that they involve elements that make you want to keep playing, that get harder as you go along.

Ghost of Tsushima duals makes me agree that the challenge games present make them contrary to the stereotype that they are a waste of time. Sorry Joe Rogan, but games are actually good for you mentally, kind of like Jiu-Jitsu is physically good for you. As a gamer from a young age I want this to be true. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments below.

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