Video games have certainly come a long way since the early 1970’s and, whilst the journey from then to now has been long and arduous, the benefits certainly outweigh the drawbacks when considering what video games have brought to the table. Back in the day (whenever that was), the best that the industry could muster was a game of Pong or Computer Space and these games were generally accompanied by graphics that would make the modern gamer shake their head in disbelief.
Fast forward to the cutting edge technology and visuals that we see in 2017 and it’s easy to see why the gaming industry is reportedly growing four times faster than the US Economy according to a 2014 report by The ESA. There’s no doubt that video games provide endless hours of entertainment for all ages but for children, in particular, there are a number of proven benefits associated with playing video games of a certain type.
Newer games such as Minecraft are helping to teach valuable math skills as well as helping younger people gain a better understanding of computers – a vital skill in the ever changing world that we find ourselves in. The game was recently taken to the next level. According to a blog post from MMO developer Plarium, Minecraft developer Mojang recently partnered with Microsoft to create a version of the game that is specifically designed to play in schools. Plarium, the makers of the Throne: Kingdom of War game, also note that Minecraft: Education Edition costs a mere $5 per student per year; it’s this affordability that will hopefully allow the game to be rolled out across all schools in the US in the near future.
Dora The Explorer
A study titled The Development of a Video Game To Improve Communication in Children With Autism suggests that one of the key elements regarding childhood development concerns object and word association. Due to the fact that communication can often be a difficult task with those who suffer from conditions such as autism, Dora The Explorer’s word association games can help younger children to better understand language and provide them with the communication tools they need to construct more complex sentences from an early age.
Pokemon Go and other multiplayer games provide a wide range of benefits for children who are perhaps a little older and ready to step out in the world for themselves. These games are particularly beneficial when it comes to building new friendships and socializing with like-minded people, something that has been established as an essential part of a child’s development. In addition to this, the game is absorbing and interesting enough to allow parents to interact with their children on the subject of video games and, of course, Pokemon Go also provides the added benefit of requiring children to leave the house and get some much-needed exercise and fresh air.
Supervision and Guidance is Essential
Whilst it’s important that younger children are supervised at all times when playing video games, this does provide a good opportunity for parents and children to bond and interact in an age when it can be hard to prise younger people away from their computer or smartphone. The aforementioned titles are simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to games that have been proven to greatly benefit children, and a quick search of the internet will no doubt allow you to find exactly what kind of experience you’re looking for. Happy gaming!