Playing Action Games Can Be Good For You

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have determined that fact-paced action video games help people make better and faster decisions in real life.

According to the The Independent, the research conducted by the university throws positive light on the benefits of gaming in real life.

As a part of the the study, the researcher divided a number of of 18 to 25 year olds, who were not particularly into gaming, into two groups.

One group was asked to play fast, first person shooter games, like Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament, while the other group played strategy games, such as The Sims.

Both groups played the games for up to 50 hours, after which, they were subjected to several test to determine if the games helped them to make quicker decisions.

The tests found that the people who played action games made decisions 25 per cent faster than the ones who played strategy games.

Daphne Bavelier, a scientist at the university, said in a statement to the Independent: “Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.”