Pros And Cons Of Playing Video Games

pros and cons of playing video games

I’m sure we all have played video games, and there was a time when we couldn’t imagine our life without shooting soldiers, driving cool cars or building massive empires.

It’s fun, it’s addictive, it’s relaxing, so why not? When there are so many games out there, everyone can find what they are looking for and enjoy it.

I won’t lie, I have spent a lot of time on video games throughout my whole life. It was basically my favorite activity for many years.

The virtual world can suck you in very easily. With games like “Skyrim” and “The Witcher” it’s really hard NOT to get sucked into it... It can make you feel like you’re a part of a beautiful new reality.

Probably most people around you say that video games are bad, and you should stay away from them and find better hobbies, but have they ever told you that video games can actually be good for you in a way?

Let’s talk about pros and cons of playing video games. Remember that there is nothing either good or bad, everything is balanced.

Pros And Cons Of Playing Video Games – Let’s Play!

Like most things in life, video games have cons and pros. If you spend all day playing video games, most likely you will experience only the side effects.

But if you keep it short, you will experience some benefits. I know, it’s really hard to stop playing once you’re really into a game, you forget your surroundings and feel comfortable.

Still, you can’t allow that feeling of comfort take over your mind, you MUST resist playing all day long.

Gaming has many benefits

Why Video Games Are Good For You

For some reason people always prioritize bad things over the good ones, so I’m gonna start with good things.

1. Every time you start playing a new video game you are forced to learn and adapt. New controls, new goals and new styles makes you constantly learn new things and simply adapt to new environments. Learning how to adapt is a good skill that you must have in your life.

2. Sometimes in your daily life you will have to think fast and make quick and correct decisions its very difficult for some people and some specific video games like Call of Duty or World Of Warcraft will highly improve your reaction, and your ability to make fast decisions.

3. Some multiplayer video games which require to constantly communicate with other players will force you to speak other languages and that may help you to learn a foreign language and that is really good since the ability to speak multiple languages boosts your intellect, memory and simply make you a more interesting person.

4. Video games might help people who have social anxiety or depression. If you struggle and feel uncomfortable while talking with people you might feel differently when everything happens in the virtual world and when no one knows how you look or what is your real name.

5. Video games can help you socialize. You might make new friends and connections, you can talk with people from all around the world who already have at least one same interest as you do.

6. Strategy games are really amazing. I used to spend hours while building empires or beautiful cities, such video games will improve your creativity. Also, you will be forced to manage money or resources and that skill will be useful for your entire life.

7. War strategy games will highly improve your strategic thinking, your ability to plan things ahead, and I can promise you that the joy when your brilliant plan succeeds will boost your mood for entire day. It’s good for your confidence as well, because you will feel POWERFUL.

8. You struggle with history classes? Many video games use historical events and you might learn quite a few things about historical cultures and empires like Rome. Basically, you get to learn about history in a fun and creative way!

9. Some games make you multitask a lot and that is a really great skill to have in your arsenal.

10. Fun fact – some tests show that people who are good at playing video games are better surgeons than people who are bad or don’t play video games at all.

11. Video games that are played in group, like League of Legends or World Of Warcraft can help you improve leadership skills, because someone has to lead that group to success, why not you? There are leaders everywhere, but most of them are bad, you have a chance to become a great one.

12. There are games can be played in multiplayer mode and that might be perfect hobby for a couple. The couple will be forced to work as a team and that will strengthen their connection.

13. When you are in pain, or recovering from surgery, video games might help you to relieve not only emotional pain but physical as well.

14. Do you feel like you are too old for some activities? You are never too old to play video games, you will simply have fun and remember your old childhood days.

15. The last and most important benefit is that video games will help you to relax and have fun. Our daily lives are filled with stressful and worrying situations. Playing video games can make you forget for a while. The more you relax, the better your life will be!

Say no to gaming

Why You Should Stay Away From Video Games

1. Video games might be expensive. Assuming that you won’t just illegally download, extract, install and play the game. Also some online multiplayer games are really expensive, and they have many attributes and small improvements that you can get only by paying even more money.

2. Gaming addiction is a serious thing. You can get addicted for many things in your life, and video games aren’t an exception. I remember those days and nights that I’ve spent building castles and killing soldiers, and I regret that wasted time. I got addicted by video games really badly and later it was really hard to fight that addiction, because I couldn’t imagine my life without games.

3. Playing video games will draw your attention from reality to virtual world. If you find yourself thinking about games more than the real world then you are already in trouble. You constantly send your energy to things that you are currently thinking about, so don’t send your energy to shooting soldiers or driving virtual cars. FOCUS on real life things, because it’s way more important than the virtual world.

4. Some video games like ”Grand Theft Auto series” might corrupt your mind. You might become more violent and cruel. Also, since most of the games are about “kill or be killed” scenario, you are more likely to become a criminal in real life. I mean seriously, video games can corupt your mind so be careful!

5. You get back from school or work and you decide to relax for a while and play something for like an hour. Then after 8 hours you simply take a look through your window and realize that it’s dark already and you have to get up early tomorrow…

Did it ever happen to you? because it did happen to me… video games might steal hours – days – and months even without you recognizing it. it’s really time-consuming so be aware that time flies fast already, and when you start playing it will fly twice as fast.

6. When you get into  the “sleep – eat – play – repeat” schedule you might gain some weight. It’s really bad for your muscles and it’s terrible for your physical health. Remember that it’s unhealthy to do nothing all day. So imagine what would happen after a month or a year. If you care about your body and health then you shouldn’t spend too much time killing soldiers and bombing cities.

7. When all your thoughts are occupied with video games, you might start failing in real life. For example, you can’t score high on a math test when you are thinking about a beautiful castle that you have built last night, or you can’t focus at work properly when all you can think of is driving that Porsche and escaping from cops.

8. Be aware of bad posture. You are trying to sit comfortably, but usually it ends up in awkward position and your posture becomes worse every year so straighten your back!

9. Do you like wearing glasses? sure it looks good on some people, and it might make you look smart or intelligent, but when you can’t see properly without glasses you become reliable on them. Eyes are soft and you shouldn’t hurt them. So, make sure to take longer brakes from playing games.

10. Everyone had/has that one friend who is always at home and very rarely joins any kind of activity. Video games might steal you from your friends. Also, it becomes way harder to find a soul mate (unless you will manage to find someone who likes video games as well), it simply hurts your relationships.

11. Video games might isolate you from rest of the world. Yes sometimes it’s really good to stay away from people and be alone for a while, but not too much, because one day when you finally get out of your cave, you might not look so good.

12. There are some experiences that everyone should experience, but since you spend way too much time on video games, you will miss some important experiences and without them your life in the future might be harder.

13. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how well you played, because your real life accomplishments remain empty. You are alive for a limited time and there is so many different activities that you should try and experience. There are so many accomplishments to achieve. So, don’t waste your life in the virtual world, because reality is moving on with or without you.

Keep a balance

Keep A Good Balance

So there you go, pros and cons of playing video games.

Everything in life is okay in small portions, and very bad if you cross the line so keep it balanced. Play for a while, but not too much, sit in correct posture and be aware of the clock.

Try to set a time limit for how long you can play. Allow yourself to play only for a few hours per day. If you’re very addicted to them, keep reducing the time you spend on video games each week.

Don’t try to cut it off immediately, because it’s going to be hard for you to maintain focus on anything.

Remember that the most important thing in video games is to have fun, so if you see that game makes you feel bad, depressed or angry just quit gaming, or search for a different game.

As long as you manage to set healthy mind set, and don’t cross the line I think playing video games can be a good hobby, however if you cross the line you will get addicted and you will be in trouble!

 

How often do you play video games? Are you spending a lot of time on them? Comment below!

30 thoughts on “Pros And Cons Of Playing Video Games”

  1. William says:

    Good Article I am addicted to games, but this article helped

    Cheers

    1. Donny says:

      glad it helped!

  2. Dave says:

    Hey there,

    I have to agree with you on the pros of playing video games because I have seen myself evolve in huge way, mentally, since I started playing.

    Although, they can make you very inclined to them when you want to go to work, especially if you are working online.

    You will find yourself wanting to sneak out and finish one level and then go back to work.

    I think moderation with these games is something you want to train for before getting immersed into them.

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed, they simply attract you like a magnet once you start playing. It’s even harder to resist if you’re working at home, because nobody is telling you not to play games.

  3. Mike says:

    That is a great post ! I can relate to much of both pros and cons because I have 2 kids and that is all they want to do ! In one respect it keeps them off the street and out of trouble, but that is about the only good thing. They are out of control with it and we are about to come to a crossroads with it.
    Video games like anything else can be entertaining and ok , but in proportion.
    Mike

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, spending too much time on video games is just slowly throwing your life away. 

  4. Celeste says:

    Video games can suck you in because it’s so much fun. I really liked your Pro’s list. You often don’t associate playing video games with anything good that can come from it. The worst thing for me is that it steals my time when I could have done something more constructive. If you just want to relax it’s perfect. Keep your balance and keep it in its place. Thanks again.

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed it can take away your time, while you could’ve done something productive. I have stopped playing video games completely, because I waste too much time on them once I start playing…

  5. rmjia says:

    I had never given much thought on the positives before. Come to think of it, it does indirectly help my brain to think faster when it comes to strategies at work. I was addicted to video games before and has learned to stop as I tend to not enjoy the real world much when I got sucked into the virtual world. Definitely agree with your pros and cons!

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, when you get sucked into the virtual world, you’ll experience more cons than pros. Like any addiction, playing video games can be really hard to stop.

  6. Ann says:

    You hear so much negativity about game playing I was interested to read your comments on the ‘pros’ of playing.
    I hadn’t thought of the possible positive effects on the ability to learn and adapt, or an improvement in strategic thinking.
    Of course as you say, with everything in life it’s all about creating balance in your life and not allowing game playing to take up all of your time.

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, most people tend to focus on the negatives all the time. While there are positives to playing video games, the side effects are more dangerous than the positives, because most tend to get addicted.

  7. JohnB says:

    Video game addiction is a serious issue many people have to deal with and it is no different than any other form of addiction but less dangerous for sure. Drugs and alcohol can actually kill you, while video games won’t in most cases. I like the structure of your article, very interesting and I can feel that you have been invested in games in the past, so you speak from a personal perspective.
    A little bit of constructive criticism. When you are referring to studies or tests and talk about facts, back them up. I know that you are right because I am a hardware and game lover myself but many people reading your posts won’t. Great job!

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, I have been involved with a lot of games! But, I don’t play video games anymore, because I don’t have time for that. 

      Thanks for the advice! 

  8. Rachel says:

    What you say is completely valid. Computer games are not bad – they do have their values – it’s the gamers themselves with a lack of self-control that is the source of the problem.

    From what I know, many older generation parents in Asian countries still view computer games as ‘internet drugs’. They fear that their children’s lives will be ruined by computer games and hence restrict/forbid their children from ALL computer games, regardless of types or amount of time spent. I have a friend in China who can only play in a cybercafe after school because her parents will sit beside her and supervise her whenever she use the computer to ensure that it is only for schoolwork purposes and not gaming. It really strains her relationship with her parents, but unfortunately I can’t be of any help to her.

    I hope more older generation parents are able to see your post and understand that there ARE benefits to playing computer games. It’s just about having self-control and having a moral sense of right and wrong.

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed, lack of self-control is the biggest problem when it comes to video games. Actually, it’s probably on of the biggest problems to anything! 

      Most people give things a bad name, because of how they use those things.

  9. Chris says:

    Hi

    Great information on the Pros and Cons of playing Video Games.

    You have covered this very well as playing video games can have it’s features and benefits. Playing for too long will always be a problem, but and hour a day probably isn’t too bad.

    Putting down Grand Theft Auto is challenging at times haha.

    I look forward to some of your future posts.

    Cheers

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, playing for an hour a day won’t do no harm. It’s bad only if you play too much! I know how hard it can be to put aside some games, I’ve been there…

  10. Joann says:

    Wow, this is a very thought-provoking article! I used to play video games a lot as well, and it can be very easy to get ‘sucked in’, as you said. I think I used to play video games as a form of escapism, but never really thought about the benefits of it! It sounds like many people could build valuable skills, even when they’re just playing to relax.

    I stopped playing video games altogether, because it was taking up too much of my time, but I may think about playing Skyrim or WoW every once in a while. Thank you for sharing this, it’s given me a new perspective on playing video games!

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, I currently don’t play any games either, because I have a lot to do every day and I spend to much time on them if I start playing. 

      But for those who have spare time throughout the day, it can be a great way to spend that time while actually getting some benefits. It’s really important not to spend too much time on them!

  11. Kashia says:

    Love this article. You’ve pointed out some great pros and cons that most people should be aware of.

    My younger brothers and I are huge gamers and I would just love to point out, one of the pros is learning life lessons.

    Contrary to what some people believe, games aren’t just about shooting enemies or getting sucked into a virtual world.

    There are plenty of games that have an amazing story for the player to play through. Like Persona 4 for example, which teaches how bonds between people, whether in friendship or other types of relationships, can help a person in life, or ruin it if they fall in the wrong crowd.

    Just my two cents, but all in all, I do agree with most of what you pointed out here.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, certain games can indeed teach us some lessons, especially if the game developers are actually focusing on this part. And since games are getting better and better at story telling, we’ll be seeing more games that can actually teach some lessons.

  12. Mike says:

    Hi Donny,

    Really great and informed article, thank you!

    As a father of 2 I find this topic really interesting. My kids are starting to get more and more into technology and I have constant arguments with my wife about if we should allow them to play games. I think you have it right when you say balance, my biggest challenge is convincing my kids to be balanced with games – any tips?

    Cheers,

    Mike

    1. Donny says:

      It’s okay for kids to play games as long as it’s balanced enough. Well, if your kids want to spend their whole day playing video games, then just don’t allow them to play too long. Set daily limits and be strict about it. That’s the best thing you can do.

  13. John Rico says:

    Hey there! I play xbox one games every now and then. I remember my mom used to get mad at me because she said that playing video games can cause problems to me. She said that it doesn’t gonna make me any good. But after I found your article that talks about pros and cons of playing codeogames. Playing videogames is actually helping me develop some stuffs. Thank you for sharing this information.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, it does help you develop some skills but make sure not to spend too much time on video games. It can turn from developing skills to destroying your life! 

  14. Dragan says:

    Hi Donny! I’m working as a personal assistant with my client who has cerebral palsy. He likes to play games and we usually play Bubble Shooter games like Buggles 1&2, Cocco and Woobies 1&2. He also loves match 3 puzzle game like Sweet Road! Whenever I am at his place we go through several levels depending on the level of difficulty.

    In Woobies 2 we had first place for a long time, and now we have second place. You can check this out at Planet-woobies-woobies-winter. Press “high score list” and you will see “ZlajaiD”. That’s us 🙂

    Since people with cerebral palsy have difficulty with body movements, for some of them the games are good for exercise and precision. In the beginning it was harder for him to be precise, but today he rocks. When we combine that with the benefits you have mentioned, the games really help him to increase the quality of his life.

    1. Donny says:

      Ahh, I see the high score! That’s pretty cool actually. I’ve always wanted to be in the top of those high scores but I’ve always got bored with those games…

      I enjoy games that have a lot of features and big worlds. Mini games get boring quite fast… but that’s just me! Everyone has different tastes.

  15. Kat says:

    Great post! I love video games like Skyrim, but I don’t have a lot of time for them and they do suck you in. So I just don’t play if I know my schedule is going to be busy. Since I like to sit and enjoy the session I usually plan a whole day around it. Sort of my own personal holiday.
    A more social alternative is live tabletop gaming with friends. e.g DnD or Pathfinder. You learn a lot of team building, strategy and leadership skills there too!

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, I don’t play video games a lot either. Once a week maybe for a couple of hours but that’s it. I realized that they take away too much time from me.

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