For the very first time, researchers are seriously investigating
what exactly gaming can do for you. Scientists, therapists, and
sociologists alike are discovering that GAMING WI CHANGE YOU
FOR THE BETTER. With 1. 6 gamers to every " household, the case
for video games deserves some serious consideration.
Here' s a look at some remarkable gaming goodness:
VIRTUAL REALITY HELPED TREAT THE Wil OF A SEVERELY BURNED MARINE.
The game, Snowfield. put him in a 30 snowball fight
while surgeons operated on his burns.
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OTHER VIRTUAL REALITY TREATMENTS:
lets people with arachnophobia
face a tiny spider at their own pace.
Dirty Bathroom takes people with OED through messier and
messier bathrooms, helping them overcome their anxiety.
Chez Fortune simulates a bar with casino games to help gambling
addicts resist their temptations.
VIDEO GAMES ARE GREAT FOR SOCIALIZING:
65% of gamers play their games with a friend present.
Milne games like World of Warcraft and Runescape
are brimming with people and adventures.
Wow alone has over
r TAZ of married couples said playing MIDI' like World of
Warcraft together had a positive west on their marriage.
I out of 5 Us and " Internet users play social games for more than
q . of risers' Facebook activity is spent on social C' W
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Video games can improve early literacy in h and Swear
olds, especially letter recognition and story comprehension.
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Fortune SUD companies. like IBM. Emu, and
Cold Stone Creamery. use some form of lil E iii E E
gaming for training purposes.
EDUCATIONAL GAMES CONTRIBUTE TO MAJOR RESEARCH EFFORTS:
in Galaxy hm, people classify objects seen by the Hubble telescope.
real galaxies and celestial bodies were
classified in the game' s first year,
in Enron and Folded, players solve f 1)
biochemical puzzles, helping "" "u"
scientists better understand genetics. f 'S''''' \
Call of Duty and Halo players performed "
E to 50% better than monolayers at making
out details in clutter and managing events.
Kids who played Tetris for 30 minutes M.)
a day for three months had a thicker
cortex than those who didn' t play i
The cortex is believed to process coordination and visual Information.)
Workouts in games like Wii Fit and Kinect
Fitness can boost stamina and heart rate levels.
Researchers use games to monitor the health
of senior citizens. Their efforts can predict A
an illness or even a patients risk of falling. M A,
I Mott y. Action games sharpen vision and
help cure , aka "lazy eye."
in one hour. some games can do what
QT an eye patch does in 400 hours.
Surgeons that gamed were 17% faster "
procedures and made 37% fewer errors
compared to those that didn' t. '
Games are now seriously integrated into the treatment of mental
and physical health, early development, and rehabilitation. But as
with anything, moderation is key. EXPERTS SUGGEST WNRU FOR
LESS THAN a HOURS A WEEK. Past 21 hours, benefits from
gaming decrease and the effects turn harmful.
Americans sense of moderation will need to develop alongside
these new and exciting advancements in highly virtual games.
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