Infographic: Why gaming is good for you

Gaming is good for you (Infographic)

Between anti-gaming activist Jack Thompson being, well, Jack Thompson and the sometimes annoying concerns of  violent video game controversies, our hobby that is the billion dollar video game industry has come under a lot of scrutiny.  However, what some old school parents may not know, video games have done more good than harm to society.

How so, you ask?

Well, the Internet’s Frugal Dad has compiled an lengthy infographic detailing how video games have been responsible for helping people with medical conditions, socializing, and even education. Some of theses facts may have been known beforehand (such as the correlation between Wii Fit and weight loss), but it’s still a great way to teach the positive effects of playing video games.

A few highlights from Frugal Dad’s findings:

  • Kids who played Tetris for 30 minutes a day for three months had a thicker cortex than those who didn’t play. 
  • Video games can improve early literacy in 4 and 5 year olds.
  • 76 percent of married couples said playing MMORPGs had a positive effect on their marriage. 

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Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.