5 Life Skills That Games Help You Develop

 

 

Online Gaming is Fun, and There Are Many Unique Benefits Too

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Many online gamers have experienced some sort of ridicule at some point in their lives. Typically, it’s parents, guardians, siblings or friends who simply don’t get it. As an online player, you have likely heard all manner of insults being leveled at you including, “…is playing games all day long all you are capable of?”, or perhaps, “…quit wasting your time playing games and get a job…”. The list of quips from armchair referees goes on and on. The fact of the matter is that playing games will not rot your brain; if anything you will develop an incredible skill set that will likely serve you well in your career and your life.

Believe it or not, games are designed to stimulate the senses. In this vein, they activate parts of our brains that we typically don’t exercise. For example, strategic games such as military missions require coordination, mapping, tactical preparation and hand/eye coordination. It is not uncommon for the best video gamers to be employed in the Pentagon, or with top-tier hacking companies. There is a unique demand for skilled gamers and it transcends the critique that these folks receive from those out of the loop. We are about to list several incredible skills that you can take with you when you make the jump from online gaming to real-life – enjoy the show!

#1 Playing Musical Instruments

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Learning to appreciate music, read music and collaborate with other musicians is no mean feat. But there are video game simulations of such activity that can prepare you for a career in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul, R&B and the like. There are scores of games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and others that you can access with pro controllers. With the right amount of dedication, you can fine tune your skills, learn how to play instruments and make the switch from player to player.

#2 Learn the Art of Electrical Engineering

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Back in the day, our parents learned about engineering from hooking up electrodes to potatoes, or lemons. Nowadays, we can simulate what electrical engineers do with top-notch software programs such as Minecraft. Electrical engineering can be learned from the inside with a mineral from the game known as Redstone. With various logic gates and a little creativity, it is possible to wire a real-life city with energy. This is one of the many ways that virtual can power real-life applications.

#3 Become a Skilled Programmer

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Online media is all the rage today, and for good reason – the Internet of Things has arrived. It’s imperative in today’s times to learn programming languages, and various video games are available to make that easy for you. One such attraction is SpaceChem. This video game gets you into the thick of it with computer code. When it comes to code, look no further than CodeCombat or even Light Bot. The skills that are learned by playing these types of games are incredibly useful in real-world applications.

#4 Sharpen Your Dancing Skills and Impress the Girls or Guys

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This is one of those things that most every one of us has thought about and can do, or tries not to think about and wishes to do. Whether you can sing and dance or not, there are programs out there that can help you to send it like you mean it. For example, Dance Central is one video game that will get you burning calories and busting moves and grooves like never before. And yes, you can take the skills you have learned from this game to a nightclub with your beau.

#5 Play Poker and Earn Some Cash for Real – No Jokes

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So you have a flair for cards, and poker is the name of your game. You may think of it as a mere hobby, or you may be entertaining thoughts that you could take your poker skills up a level and actually start earning money off your abilities. There are many ways to improve your poker playing abilities by reading strategy guides, learning about pot odds, managing your bankroll, learning the rules and following basic advice. It’s a great idea for you to explore your options in this department if you’re serious about the game.

 

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