Yo guys! In my opinion, I think the best invention in life is video games!!!!!!!
(Some people may argue with me about that but I’ll stick to my own opinion.)
What is life without video games? I do not want to think about that because my head would literally explode from that lack of imagination!
Video Games have always been there for us ever since 1958. In fact, did you know that a physicist actually created the first video game?
It was a very simple tennis game.
Now throughout the years, video games have been improving and the graphics have become more realistic!
A lot of people said that video games are bad for your mind and may make you do crazy stuff, but in my opinion, I do not think that is true. If a person does something crazy, just remember that you should not blame it on the game but blame it on the person!
Here are some benefits of playing video games and how video games have impacted us in so many ways!
1. Games help children who are ill, have injuries, or have mental disabilities. Playing video games can distract the mind from pain and discomfort. The University of Utah released a study last year that examined the effects of regular gaming on children diagnosed with illnesses like autism, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. Kids who play video games, including one designed just for the study, showed signs of improvement in resilience, empowerment, and a fighting spirit.’ Researchers believe that video games help boost kids’ moods as they face the daily challenges of their illnesses. In February 2013, the Italian researchers presented evidence that playing fast-paced video games can improve the reading skills of children with dyslexia.
2. Video Games can be used as a form of therapy, both physical and psychological. A study that found that gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games. A lot of people use first-person shooters as a way to release their frustration and anger. Psychologists at the University of Washington created a game that helps hospital patients suffering from physical pain by distracting them from their injuries. The virtual reality game “Snow World” put patients in a world where they throw an endless arsenal of snowballs at a series of targets. Military hospitals found that the game helped soldiers recover from their battlefield wounds. The soldiers who played “Snow World” required less pain medicine during their rehabilitation. Gaming releases endorphin in the brain, a chemical that is generally associated with happiness and capable of numbing discomfort. Gaming also allows the brain to stay busy using other senses instead of focusing on pain.
3.Video Games Can Improve Your Vision. Who says video games are bad for your eyes? Researchers believe that the process of locating and aiming at enemies exercises gamers’ eyes. And with bad guys unpredictably popping up, the shooting games also helped players learn to analyze optical data on the fly. The researchers believe that their study shows the potential of video games to serve as an aid in the way we correct bad eyesight. They also believe that these games are so fast-paced that they require an extreme amount of attention, training the visually impaired to view things more sharply.
4. Video Games can be a great way to escape reality. I remember when I was in high school and I wanted to get away from the stress of homework, projects, and grades. To me, the best way to get away from that was through video games. When I play video games, it feels like I am the character and I am in another world. It feels like I am the character himself and his story is my story.
5. Video Games can help with a person’s strategical thinking, decision making skills, and problem-solving skills. Now this is true for people who play strategy games or role-playing games. There is a genre called tactical role-playing games or Simulation RPGs as they are known in Japan. Like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for example.
Usually in tactical role-playing games, they stage is set like a chess board and there are numerous goals you have got to accomplish like capturing your enemy, defeat every enemy on the grid, acquire an item without being defeated by your enemies, protect your ally, etc.
Here is an example of the game layout:
Pretty cool, right?
Now, I can tell you a bunch of examples of me defeating a boss or completing a level by coming up with new strategies but to keep it short, I am just going to tell you one example using the game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
Basically, long story short, the final boss fight was really kicking my butt so I decided enough was enough! I want to beat this boss, beat this game, and move on with my life. So I created a strategy called One Man Army. Okay in the game, the characters that was in my team were Cliff Fittir
and Nel Zelpher
And this was the final boss I had to fight, Luther
Looks powerful doesn’t he? That is because he was!
So using my One Man Army strategy, I basically played as Cliff first, because he was my strongest character. He was my brute. And I made him and Fayt ambush Luther head-on. And…………they died. Yes, they did but that left only Nel for me to use. Nel was really useful in this fight. She was quick, agile and her attack did some major damage on Luther, though not as much as Cliff. Her attack gave more damage than Fayt because Nel does double damage in her attack.
So after I lost Cliff and Fayt, I ran around the stage avoiding Luther’s powerful attacks. When he does an attack that shoots balls of lasers out of his wings, I run up behind him (because his back is open to attack) and struck him with my attack. So that is basically what I did until I defeated him. I hit and ran basically. But it worked and it required a lot of patience but it is good to see all of that pay off when I finally completed this challenging game and challenging boss fight.
But enough about that, lets continue.
6. Video Games can inspire creativity and help people gain self-confidence. This is true because video games taught me how to be creative when doing projects in school and they make feel good about myself when I am feeling down, just like the strategy that I listed above. I felt good when I tried that strategy and defeated the final boss.
7. Video Games Can Make You More Sociable And They Can Make You A Better Team Player. Contrary to popular belief, a gamer is not a lonely person with no friends. People who play MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) are very sociable and work together with other team members to complete a mission or defeat a boss. This can be helpful later on in their lives.
8. Video Games Can Give You Motivation. As strange as this may sound, some people, most likely children or teenagers look up to video game characters as inspirational icons. Based on they way the characters act, people can either relate to them or want to be just like them. Also, some people are not addicted to a certain video game or not addicted to video games in general. They are motivated not addicted. I am not going to lie, during those breaks from school like Winter Break and Summer Break, I am always determined and motivated to complete some games that I have. No matter how many times you try and fail, eventually you will always succeed. Just like in video games, you can learn that in real life. I know you high school students played a game where it was mind-blowingly frustrating and hard to complete. But eventually you guys got past it. Everybody has to go through with that. People just need motivation and self-confidence.
9. Video Games Can Improve Hand-Eye Coordination. (No need to explain this one).
10. Lastly, Video Games Can Give You Knowledge And You Can Apply That To Real Life. Video Games can teach you so many things that you can apply to real life or it can teach you interesting facts.The Final Fantasy series are a perfect example because a majority of all the characters in Final Fantasy have names which have meanings based on their personality, actions, or characteristics. And those names are usually of different language origins like French, Spanish, or Japanese origin, just to name a few. When you look up those names of the characters, you will think “Hmm, that’s clever!” Also, the story of video games can teach you so many things like symbolism and other things. That is where creativity comes from. There are numerous games out there with cool, unique, and creative storylines! Furthermore, video games can teach children or teenagers life-like situations and the consequences or aftermath, whether good or bad, that comes with it. For example, the inFAMOUS series:
Players control a guy named Cole MacGrath who woke up one day with superpowers and he is struggling internally whether he should be a good guy or a bad guy. Throughout the game, you will make decisions on doing something good or doing something bad. These are called Karmic Moments. The first Karmic Moment in the game inFAMOUS, is whether to let a bunch of people get food or scare them away thus preventing them from getting the food and leaving it all for yourself to eat. If you pick the first option, Cole’s girlfriend Trish will thank him and if you pick the second option, Trish will scold him for being so heartless even though Cole said he did it for him and his friend. Anyway, this teaches you to be careful about your decisions in life. If you do not study and you have a test coming up, then chances are that you are likely going to fail the test. If you study before the test then chances are you are likely going to pass the test and be happy. So study and make good grades!!!!!!!!!!!(It will pay off in the end!!!!!!!!)
Well, that is enough of my rambling on but my point was that video games are a good invention and they are not as bad as people make them out to be. HAH! TAKE THAT NAYSAYERS!!!!!!!!
LOL, Just kidding.
Also, this past summer, I modified my PS2 to play international games. And I played Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 from Europe (Its a shame this game was never released in America, but I had fun playing it!) The whole game was translated to English but it kept the Japanese voice track.
And I also played Naruto: Uzumaki Ninden (translated to English, it is Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles)
I just beat this game for the second time and I have to say IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!! This game was released in America under Naruto: Uzumaki Chroncles but it was edited to prevent spoilership. This game was released too early in America. The American version of Naruto was not caught up yet with Japan so I do not know why on earth they released this game too early. As a result, they some removed some characters, FMV cutscences, boss fights, and missions from the American version. When I played the American version back in 2008, I thought it was okay. Not bad but could have been better but it turns out that the American is WAY different than the Japanese version. THE JAPANESE VERSION IS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN THE AMERICAN VERSION!!!!!!! And I recorded my gameplay of this game and I plan to post it on YouTube and translate the whole thing to English for my viewers. So basically, I am about to do a Let’s Play. I plan to keep doing this with some other Japanese Naruto games that were not released in America. NARUTO VIDEO GAMES ARE AWESOME AND ACTION-PACKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, enough about that. Again, video games are one of the best inventions on earth and they are very helpful in so many ways.
And yes, video games are STEM-related. A physicist created the first video game and video games are a combination of computer science, technology, computer engineering, and math, and physics!
Have a Nice Weekend!