Studies have shown that violent games can actually make you smarter

“Violent video games have the potential to send the message that violence is the way to handle disputes and problems” This statement was made by Doctor Jerry Weichman of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute in 2011 in reference to the release of the game Bulletstorm.

Statements such as this have been made regarding the gaming industry since the 1970’s when the pixilated arcade game Death Race was released. In response to the violent nature of the game 60 Minutes ran a story about its extreme violent nature. The game was a driving simulation in which the objective was to run over and kill zombielike creatures.

And of course, we can’t forget about the arcade game Chiller, which many arcades refuse to support. This gruesome game is hard to watch even by today’s standards (look it up at your own risk).

The gaming industry still receives criticism regarding the amount of violence players are exposed to during gameplay. Many “experts” believe that these games make people more violent. Although this aspect of gaming should be studied, what many of these critics don’t tell you is that these same violent first person shooter games can actually make you a smarter human being.

The American Psychological Association has recently revealed studies that confirm the positive effects of first person shooter games. These studies conclude that first person shooters could actually improve learning and critical thinking in children.

Playing video games can increase brain functioning

Even more studies reveal similar effects of gaming. The University of Rochester determined that action based games can simulate real life scenarios allowing humans to make better decisions. Although in real life you might not encounter bullets flying past your head, these games enable you to assess your surroundings faster and make logical split-second decisions. Max Planck Institute for human development also recently acknowledged the positive effects that gaming has on your brain, which includes improved memory, planning, and motor skills. The scientific community has confirmed these results in overwhelming numbers. Universities from around the world, including Charite university in Germany and the University of London have corroborated these findings.

With overwhelming evidence showing direct links between mental improvements and violent games, it is logical to conclude that we might have jumped the gun on the negative effect of violent games based on a handful of isolated violent incidents. Many scientists believe that  violent acts that were thought to be the result of endless violent gameplay could have been the result of deeper mental and social issues.

Keep in mind, a balance lifestyle of exercise, healthy diet, and positive social interaction will give you the best physical benefits, but if you love your first person shooters you shouldn’t feel guilty at all. In fact, you can always tell yourself that it’s beneficial to your health.

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