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Are you a gamer? Perhaps you own a few consoles?

There’s nothing wrong with that. After all, gaming is a great way for us to relax and de-stress. Whoever says they’re a waste of time has no idea what they’re talking about!

The next time someone says that to you, tell them that there are actually many benefits to gaming. Sure, addiction is a possibility, but that doesn’t really apply to most of us.

Want to know about the positive effects of playing video games? If so, you’ve landed on the right page!

We’ll be going over some benefits below. Keep reading to learn more!

Different Types of Video Games

You probably know this already if you’re a gamer, but there are tons of different video games out there.

I’m talking about genres. For instance, there are action games, roleplaying games, puzzle games, sports games, and simulation games. Which one is your favorite?

Massively multiplayer online games, also known as MMOs, have also exploded in popularity over the past decade. Surely, you’ve heard of them before? You know, games like Diablo and World of Warcraft?

There are lots of sites out there that let you connect with other MMO players—LFG Destiny is one such example. 

What Are the Effects of Playing Video Games? 8 Benefits of Gaming

Let’s face it—excessive gaming can be harmful. But there are benefits to casual play. Here’s what you need to know.

1. It Can Slow Down Aging

The truth is, video games have the potential of slowing down aging. Play something regularly and your memory, reflexes, and processing speed can improve!

In one study, seniors who played Rise of Nations, a real-time strategy game had improved cognition, reasoning, and memory. 

2. It Can Improve Your Hand-Eye Coordination

What’s hand-eye coordination? It’s the ability to track hand movements with the eyes. You need it for many things such as reading and writing. It’s also important when it comes to playing your favorite sports!

According to one study, people who play action games regularly, such as first-person shooters, have better visuomotor control.

This really shouldn’t be surprising—after all, these games require them to react quickly and accurately to whatever’s happening on the screen!

3. It Can Help Fight Depression

As much as we’d hate to admit it, depression is a big problem—especially among teens. According to the NIMH, 3.2 million adolescents have had at least one depressive episode in the U.S.

It turns out, though, that playing video games can be somewhat of a cure. That’s right, tell that to your parents and they won’t be able to say no to your gaming!

In 2012, researchers conducted a study with a fantasy game that’s designed to be therapeutical. 

The result? Those who played the game were much more likely to recover from depression than those who received plain counseling.

4. It Can Help to Relieve Pain

Believe it or not but video games can actually help with pain. Think about it—it’s a great distraction. It’ll take your mind off whatever’s hurting you. 

Virtual reality games, in particular, are effective. In other words, it can be a great option for those with chronic illnesses.

In fact, some video games might be even more effective than medication—this is especially true for kids.

5. It Can Improve Focus

Playing video games can do a lot of things. For instance, it can improve your focus. 

In one study, changes in brain activity were detected in those who played League of Legends for one hour. 

What does that mean? It means that playing games, even if it’s just for a little bit, can boost your attention skills. More research is still needed at this point in time, though.

6. It Can Reduce Stress

Gaming is one of the greatest ways to relieve stress—it lets you escape the pressures of everyday life. After all, no one can tell you what to do in the game world!

Not all games have the same effect, though—some are better for stress than others. For example, cooperative games, such as MMOs, can give you a sense that you’re supported by many people. 

Casual games are fantastic for unwinding too! You know, ones like Candy Crush, Flappy Bird, and Tetris? Admit it—you’ve probably played some of those before. 

7. It Can Help You Stay Active

Not all video games involve sitting around. Some titles are designed to mimic low-impact exercises. I’m talking about games like Wii Fit and Wii Sports! Remember how popular they were when they first came out?

It might not be the same as going to the gym, but it’s much better than sitting on the couch for many hours!

In fact, many retirement homes offer these games to their residents—it’s a fun way to stay active, after all. Even physiotherapists use them as a form of rehabilitation!

8. It Can Help With Dyslexia

Have you ever heard of dyslexia? It’s a learning disorder that affects your ability to read and write. It can be quite frustrating, especially for children and teens.

As it turns out, however, playing video games can actually help with the condition!

How? By improving their reading skills. Does this surprise you? After all, most games do require some reading.

Gaming Isn’t Just Mindless Fun

As you can see, there are many positive effects of playing video games. Now you can argue back the next time someone tells you to put away your console!

Which video game has helped you? Let us know in the comments below!

DC Universe is knocking it out of the park again and again. Titans, Doom Patrol, and now Swamp Thing. DC Universe is stepping things up in quality, not afraid to take chances on comic-accurate costumes and lesser-known characters. Pushing things to a more adult-like direction, darker without taking itself too seriously or losing the “fun” that fans feel is synonymous with comic book characters. Now with Swamp Thing, they delve into the horror genre. Bringing in characters like Madame Xanadu and Blue Devil, Swamp Thing is following in the footsteps of Titans by showcasing characters that have never been seen live action. The newest trailer gives fans a glimpse into the world. But will it be another home run?

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There’s slow, there’s slow burn, and then there’s Brightburn.

Nepotism can get you far in or out of Hollywood, but in the case of Brightburn, a rote, routine “What If?” Superman-as-supervillain origin story co-written by onetime schlock purveyor-turned-A-list director James Gunn’s brother and cousin, Brian and Mark, respectively, it’s not far enough. Gunn produced Brightburn, but he obviously played a key role in getting the Brightburn script in front of studio executives eager to capitalize on the lucrative superhero genre. He just as likely helped Brian and Mark to shape its not-quite-clever Superman-as-supervillain storyline. Gunn should have given the underwritten, undercooked script four, five, or even six more passes before deeming it worthy of actual production. Brightburn takes a steep dive off a short cliff, repeatedly failing to meet any of the Gunn trio’s supposedly subversive intentions, taking an old-to-comics-new-to-movies premise with promise and potential and instead delivering a flaccid, turgid, ultimately disposable contribution to the genre. (more…)

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While this season has had some truly fantastic moments that left fans in awe, and some plot developments making other fans feel it was massively rushed, the resolution that this episode has provided has got fans feeling, well… ambivalent about it all.  (more…)

People fear losing independence. They fear losing their bodies, their minds. While they fear dangerous entities or secret governments or oppressive systems, more than anything they fear losing power over themselves. Those organizations just tend to lie adjunct to those fears.

This is the root of all dystopian novels. The system may have shifted into something horrible, but the true horror is becoming something you’re not. And people will go to terrible lengths to preserve their souls.

In Fahrenheit 451, this meant hiding the bible under your bed and reading stories you don’t quite understand just to learn something different and purposeful about the world.

In Lathe of Heaven, this meant drugging yourself until your uncontrollable mind stopped ripping the world, your world, to shreds.

In Skyrim, this meant building secret shrines of Talos and being willing to die by Thalmor hands while praying at the altar.

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NerdBastards had the privilege, nay, the pleasure, of getting to toss some questions at Daniel Brodie, creator and writer of Morgan’s Organs. Brodie’s comic book, now in it’s third issue being funded through Kickstarter, is the unique perspective of the organs living in a college student, Morgan. Think Pixar’s Inside Out for grown-ups. Low brow humor of the highest quality, Morgan’s Organs gives voice to larger than life characters that many young men will identify with. Morgan’s brain, Bran, and his penis, Pepe, vie for control of Morgan’s love life while his other organs feel the fallout of their choices. Morgan and his organs sometimes seem at odds with each other, having differing goals and opinions. But no matter the situation, their choices affect each other in hilarious ways. Extremely NSFW (that IS a censored penis head in the logo, after all!) Morgan’s Organs provides laugh-out-loud comedy that will keep you engaged, page after page.

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