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Top 7... ways games can transform you into a superior human being

5. Games give you better hand-eye coordination

Now though everyone has eyes (apologies to those that don’t, not that you’ll be reading this) and though everyone has hands (good luck navigating to this page if you don’t), not everyone can coordinate the two to work together, let alone press intricate button combinations with pin point accuracy within fractions of a second. As gamers you are trained how to become the surgeons of the virtual world.

Through playing video games on a regular basis it is possible to train hand and eye to work together in order to execute the most precise and complex procedures.

With your eyes transfixed on your screens and your hands glued to your controllers, your hands and eyes align to become one with you and your games machine. As if your eyes and hands were magically connected via an intricate system of conductive channels, gaming teaches you to send lightning fast signals between the two in order to coordinate them towards one sole purpose; to win. You are not born with this, gaming teaches you this.


4. Games increase stamina

The average length of a movie is probably around the 2hr mark. Try and read a book and good luck staying awake for more than half an hour. Sit down to put in a sesh with your favourite game however and you could be there for days, especially if it’s World of Warcraft.

Gaming increases stamina beyond the capabilities of any non-gaming human being. Rebuilding you from the ground up, video games transform your bodies into temples dedicated to the cause. Able to run on little more than potato based snacks washed down with energy drinks, you are able to sustain hour after hour of sitting and button mashing and still have fuel left in the tank to come back each and every day to achieve your goals and see the credits roll.

Games teach you to push yourself through the tiredness, beyond the reddening of your eyes and the blistering of your thumbs to come back and have one more go when everything is telling you to stop. In games we trust.


3. Games give you the ability to multi-task

Key to any gamers arsenal of life enhancing abilities is his skill to do many different things at once. As video games have progressed from single buttons controlling a few pixels on a screen, now you are required to manipulate face buttons, triggers, joysticks and a d-pad to control on screen what your eyes are telling you is necessary for survival, all without so much as a glance down.

Need to wall run across this cliff whilst simultaneously equipping armour, dropping a grenade on the foe below, sniping the guy in the clock tower and dodging the fireballs shooting out of the she devil’s nipples? No problem, you’re a gamer. Gaming teaches you the uncanny ability to manage all these things at once without dropping so much as a health bar.

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51 comments

  • greenjoker - April 18, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    interesting and humorous article...i like your guys' writing on this site. i always thought games since nes days games always had a way to teach something...imagine how games are just going to progress and look from this point...ah technology.
  • thamil_ponnu - April 9, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    and no I am not a Buddhist.
  • thamil_ponnu - April 9, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    ignorant dogs. Really. dont you think that the lord buddhas image used here is a little offensive? Do you know that there is a religion called Buddhism exist?
  • DavidELDiablo - April 5, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    All those points are correct, through games I have learned determination and never giving up when the odds are against you. And the game I learned that from was WoW, leveling a priest as your first true toon on a pvp server for your first time in WoW from 1-80 is a long and arduous task.
  • Azated - March 26, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I agree that games help your reflexes and sight. I've had times when a friend came over to play some MW2 online, and they just stood there looking at the wall while the sniper i saw 5 minutes ago shoots their ass to next prestige. I'm often amazed at how little non-gamers see when they play FPS games. I just sit there looking dumbstruck that they didn't see that assassin hiding in the grass next to the big boulder.
  • noobeater - March 16, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    hahah point 5 is actually a really intriging idea, oh and i can do all nighters on consoles easy a great article
  • nikrusty - March 13, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    LOL Captcha - parties the
  • secretsearcher - March 12, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    hmmmm not my favorite article. not a fan at all actually.
  • CrossF1re215 - March 12, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    Perfect excuses thanks GR reCAPTCHA: driving blindfolded
  • Imfliba - March 10, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    Yeh, even though he said ACOG, not holographic OR red dot. Great article though
  • GrandTheftAuto - March 10, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    @ iamsoawesome27 It was just an example the pic had nothing to do with that famas line because 1. No thats not holographic its Red dot sight (yes almost same i know) and 2. The weapon is not anywhere near a Famas its a L86 LSW
  • iamawesome27 - March 9, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    I don't play it very often, so I'm not sure if I'm right, but in that Modern Warfare 2 screenshot, wasn't that a holographic sight, not an ACOG scope?
  • kingofspades94 - March 9, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    SMT increased my reasoning skills, so what now? Yeah, that's right.
  • reveffect - March 9, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    the stamina thing also helps with bladder control a lot. when i was a small child before i got into gaming, holding my pee was like trying to lift a car with my bare hands. once i was like 8 and the hardcore gamer within me started to shine i could hold it for hours on end. thanks video games.
  • reveffect - March 9, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    i love this article because all of it is true and it is very hard to explain thi kind of thing to non gamers. i have done these kinds of things plenty of times. i even get in the zone when people are talking to me and i tend to focus only on the person talking. when i was in the 11th grade one of my teachers even noticed it. i had the same blank emtionless expression on my face like when im playing a game while he was talking and he stopped to ask me if why i looked like that and if i was listening.
  • american101 - March 9, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    "The Zone" to me is like my happy place... nothing can get in, and nothing can't get out. in other words, its an odd feeling when getting in and out of it.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - March 9, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    #4 is so true. started playing bioshock at 10pm and finished the game by 9am
  • staceyk - March 9, 2010 7:15 p.m.

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  • philipshaw - March 9, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    I agree with number 7, I just had the same thing happen last Friday when I beat Heavy Rain
  • Nisan - March 9, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    oh and JizzyB, ive gamed oh WoW for 36 hours straight running on nothing but pure coffee that was brought to me.

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