Love playing your favorite games on your PC or your console? You aren’t the only one. However, video games aren’t just meant to be enjoyed – they can have other uses too.
If you thought video games are just for fun, then you have been completely wrong! It turns out that video games have many practical uses which we had never thought of. They are used by the police and also for treating patients suffering from mental disorders. Don’t believe us? Keep on reading below!
The Top Ways Video Games are Used Today (Apart from Playing for Fun)
Today we will highlight some of the pragmatic uses of video games and how they are helping various people.
- Police Love to Play Video Games at Times too
The most interesting adaptation of video game has been by the police. A company called VirTra has created a simulation for cops to evaluate their reaction time. The simulation is used to train cops how to handle real-life situations when they have to decide whether to shoot or not. The simulation can help form muscle memory in the police and help them navigate situations they meet as a part of their job.
The simulation requires the cops to use real weapons which fire fake bullets with the recoil effect. There are various sensors and lasers mounted in the gun and on the cop’s body which determines who is shot. When a cop gets shot, he feels a hurting sensation in the area via electrodes placed on his body.
- In the military
Video games have also been used by military personnel who have been suffering from PTSD. They played a game called Virtual Iraq as a part of their immersion therapy to treat PTSD. The game makes the military personnel encounter his trigger directly which has been found to have a positive effect.
- For Treating Medical Disorders
The findings of some studies also suggest that video games can be used to treat specific brain disorders. The parts of the brain which are associated with muscle control, memory, strategic planning, have been found to be bigger in video game players. It may or may not make us smarter, but obviously has medical use.
- Helping you Relax
Apart from mental disorders, video games are also great to unwind and relax. Some studies reveal that video games can help relieve stress and anxiety. And as you may know, stress is a risk factor for many diseases including cancer. Playing a game can help you relax and distract yourself from the negative thoughts or stress you are having.
- Helping you Get a Hold Of Your Life
Video games also seemingly help you to deal with people in real life. This is true for gamers who play online or multiplayer games where they have to interact with others. So apart from dealing with people, it can also lead to the development of team spirit.
Now that you know just how useful video games are, if you hear someone tell how fruitless playing video games can be, you know the answer!