The gaming industry is a multi billion dollar industry which employs hundreds of thousands of people world wide both directly and indirectly. Video games are frowned upon by parents and some education as time-wasters and worse. Playing violent video games are easily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some young people become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior. But others find that video games can actually have benefits. Video games may actually teach kids high-level thinking skills and hand eye coordination skills that they will need in the future. Some of the benefits attributed to gaming include:-
- Helping children to learn to following instructions
- Developing problem solving and logic skills
- Developing hand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills.
- Planning, resource management and logistics skills.
- and developing skills in multitasking and tracking of many shifting variables.
Fr Roderick Vonhögen from Holland investigated some of the frequently asked questions often asked about the effects of gaming.
Video games are everywhere. And gamers are everywhere too. The video game industry is bigger than the music and movie industry together. But what impact do video games have on us? Parents, teachers and other educators often have important questions about video games. Do they make us more violent? Have they got an isolating effect on players? How much gaming-time is healthy? How should parents and educators talk with kids about video games when they don’t play games themselves? Are games superficial entertainment, or is there more to them? This documentary was made to answer those frequently asked questions. (http://www.trideo.com/gamefaq/)