5 Reasons Games Can Improve Your Life

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Playing games can seem to some people like a waste of time. Others think that
it is only the really young, or really old who like to play games. Yet others view
gaming as the realm of the social rejects of the world. There are however,
some great hidden benefits to playing games.

#5. People who play games have improved mental functions

Yes, games like Brain Age have shown us that exercising your mind can
improve your mental capacity. When you have to think about strategy, or plan
moves before you make them, your brain has to expand its thinking process.
You are engaging the most complex computer on the planet, and in the
process making it better. (This is exactly the opposite of what you do when you
are watching T.V.) Your mind is more active, less prone to wander, (if you are
focusing on the game) and you achieve greater mental clarity. (Much like the
monks of old).

#4. People who play games have improved social skills

Wait, what? Gamers are the most socially inept people on the planet and now
you tell me that their social skills are improved over mine? Yes, people who
play games with others have the ability to interact in many different settings
with others (as many different settings as there are games). Each of those
settings can train us for the realities of life away from the game. Gaming has
the potential to make us better winners... that means you won't do the victory
dance when you get the big promotion at work thus alienating everyone in
your office. Gamers also learn to become graceful at losing; although hopefully
you don't have to learn this skill too often. This prepares you for a lifetime of
ups and downs and can prevent a person from mentally snapping on those
around them.

#3 People who play games can save money

But games are expensive you say? Yes, some games can cost $100 or more just
to start with, but ask yourself how much did you spend on your cable this
month... plus the power to run the T.V. or game console... plus the cost of the
T.V. and game console... plus the cost of the game? As you can see, the initial
cost of other forms of entertainment can be just as expensive, if not more
expensive than the social get together games. Then you must take into account
the recurring costs of running all those systems. Last time I checked my
Monopoly game didn't need a plug in. So, board games and the like really don't
cost as much as other forms of entertainment, plus there are some additional
benefits such as...

#2. People who play games have more friends

Ok, this is just going against everything high school taught you about social
interaction! Yes, you may have 500 "friends" on your social media site, but can
you really call the guy you said "Hi" to next to your locker 20 years ago a
friend? Playing games with other people requires by definition for you to go
out and MEET other people! It would get old to play games with the same
person day in and day out... Just ask my wife... So it is beneficial to go out and
meet other people who have the same interest and game with them just to
mix it up a bit. But where do I find these reclusive gamer types you ask? Check
out your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS). These stores many times will host
tourneys for different types of games. There are also conventions all around
the country where you can meet a whole range of people willing to game with

#1 People who play games will live longer

Yes, when not exposed to the harmful rays of the sun you do have less of a
chance to develop wrinkles and skin cancer... but when playing games, you
also develop mental abilities to keep you brain young, thus reducing the likely
hood of alzheimer's disease. This can be useful when trying to remember the
names of your 100 great grandchildren when you are 120 years old. Also,
people with active social lives, and who have more money... (see points 2 and
3), typically live longer than those who have neither of those things. Social
games also have the side benefit of not placing the player in physical danger,
unlike more active games such as football or Nascar racing. So gamers have
less of a tendency to obtain concussions or die in a flaming car!

See, there are many reasons that playing games can improve your life.
Unfortunately, television has viewed gamers as social outcasts and nerds... But
don't worry, we will have the last laugh! In the meantime... Happy Gaming!

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