It is more and more frequent to find scientific experiments based on video games or researchs about the benefits on our heath and the influences of these playful hobbies. For a long time video games have been considered negative for children and the classic player has always been pictured as someone with no social life and an unhealthy life style; the typical fat guy sitting for hours and hours in front of its computer. Well, video game players are not al all like that.
In fact, video games are being used in many disciplines with healing purposes. Video game playing is related to a volumetric increase of the brain which can be helpful to fight brain diseases such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia. It has actually been proved that people who play war video games have better fast response capacities when faced with distracting stimulus and are able to focus their attention on the screen longer. According to this, video game players have a privileged position when it comes to focusing attention, which is quite a problem nowadays since more and more children -but also adults- seem to have attetion deficit.
This study might legitimate the use of war video games as an effective and efficient therapeuthic method to get abilities that will help to focus the attention. Games such as Tiny Tanks in which you have to play against opponents, fight them and build strategies to avoid being hit or to get to them first. War video games are started to being used in the Military too in order to recruit soldiers, to train them and to treat psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress.
It is time to leave behind all the negative opinions about war video games and start seing them as beneficial to our daily lifes. When consumed with precaution video games can be more positive than harmful.