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

2. Games give you better awareness of your surroundings

If when you look around, you aren’t instantly checking your six, looking for exits, cover opportunities, medical supplies, save points and possible sniper positions then perhaps gaming can help. From video games you learn to pay attention to your surroundings so that you instantly pick up on all the necessary information to prolong your survival.

A veteran gamer doesn’t look at a screen of Modern Warfare 2 and just see a pretty picture of a gun and some greenery. He sees a Famas equipped with ACOG scope, mounted grenade launcher and blue tiger detail. He knows instantly his ammo status, equipped perks, killstreaks, team score, grenade type, equipment, enemy positions and where the nearest ammo drop is.

Gaming teaches you to pay attention to these details and all whilst saving your own skin and shooting the face off of the opposition.


1. Gaming increases determination

Without determination we can't achieve anything let alone get all 1000 gamerpoints or platinum trophies on our favourite games. Playing games will train you to increase your levels of determination to that of beyond a regular human being.

As gamers, sometimes we play games to relax, other times we play games for fun, more often than not we do it for the love of the medium, but sometimes, just sometimes we do it when we don’t even want to, when we could think of nothing less appealing than heading back into that virtual world that we’d spent the last three months inhabiting.

Why do we do it? To find the last few collectables in order to hit the elusive 100% completion mark. Whether it’s collecting audio logs, shooting pigeons or finding each and every last coin, something within us pushes us on as we strive for perfection whether we like it or not. This is determination. Video games, we are forever in your debt.  

March 8, 2010 

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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.

    Great article. http://www.electroniccigarettesinc.com
  • 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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