If you suffered long and painful lectures on how games will ruin your life or how they are not doing you any good, you are not alone. Most people don’t realize just how much games are beneficial to those who play them.
If you are a gamer, you can read the following facts and be happy about the fact that you liked video games since you were a child and dismissed all the crazy comments by ignorant people. However, if you never played games in your life, it’s never too late to start.
So, what are these gaming benefits? Well, there are a lot of them, but here we will talk about a few:
Elders benefit from this one the most. Brain games, which involve problem-solving, memory and puzzles can help improve the cognitive functioning. Participants who played only ten hours received benefits which lasted for more than a few years.
Games can help ease the pain
It’s a common thing that being distracted helps ease the pain simply because we aren’t focusing on it. That’s what the games do best, but it’s not the only reason why they can be good for you during painful times. By playing games, you can actually produce a painkilling response in your higher cortical system. The more immersive the game is, the better.
You will make friends
Some people are simply too shy in the real world, and they have problems meeting people. Maybe they are insecure about the way they look, or the way their voices sound. Some people are simply terrified of large crowds and could never force themselves to approach a group of people they hardly know. Many things can go wrong in the real world, and a lot of people tend to hide their true colors. However, in the game, you don’t have your real name, nobody knows you, most conversations can be made in a one on one fashion and people usually have no reason to lie. People will actually be more helpful in games toward strangers than they would be in real life.
Some friendships formed through games last a lifetime, and if nothing else, games can also be a catalyst for friends to meet in person.
Games can curb cravings
Whether it be overeating, smoking or drinking, games can help you indulge in such activities a lot less simply because you won’t think of them. While playing a game, you will focus on what you are doing and won’t think about anything in the outside world. This effect is stronger the more engaging the game is
Games can reduce stress
For the same reason you will eat less, smoke less or drink less while you game, you will probably stress less too. Games will take you away on that magical journey where you have everything under control. You will feel safe; it will be fun, and it will keep you occupied. In most cases, we worry about the things we can’t influence, and it’s doing us no good, so if you worry too much, maybe it’s time you distracted yourself by gaming.
Before we even start playing games, we know which side we have chosen, and mostly players that play games on a PC don’t switch to console and vice versa.
If you had a console of any kind whether it’s a Nintendo, Sony PlayStation or Sega then you’ve probably become a console gamer.
However, if you had an Atari or Commodore since you were a kid, you are probably by now a full-fledged PC gamer.
Generally, there is nothing wrong with any of these gaming machines but there is a difference in the gameplay itself.
Joystick vs. Mouse.
Many players prefer joystick over mouse and keyboard, but those are mostly players that never owned a computer and played games only on consoles.
PC gamers know the advantage of using mouse and keyboard, and multiplayer gamers are proof that you can get better performance while aiming with your mouse rather than an analog stick.
Quake is a game that is famous for multiplayer sessions, and there are players that chose to play this game on a joystick for one reason. It’s a fast-paced game that requires precision and freedom in movement. If you don’t have these attributes, you won’t be that good in this game. So we can easily say that FPS multiplayer games are designed to be played on a PC.
Other Game Genres. While FPS, MMORPG’s and RPG games are mostly played on a PC, flying simulators and driving games work much better on consoles. Because a joystick provides a unique experience that resembles a real driving experience driving games work better on consoles.
The same rule can be applied to flying games where controlling an airplane, or a helicopter comes much easier with an analog stick then with mouse and keyboard. So to sum it up, keyboard and mouse provides better precision and works smoother with fast paced games.
Joysticks provide better movement control and precision in steering where how much you move the analog sticks determines how much will your vehicle steer, in driving games.
Is combination possible? Yes, you can play games that support both mouse & keyboard and a joystick. Many players that play online FPS chose this method. Battlefield, for example, is a game where how good you are at controlling vehicles matters as much as how good you are on foot controlling a soldier.
So they use a combination of mouse, keyboard, and a joypad. This way while they can play with the mouse to get precision while aiming down the site as a soldier, and the freedom of movement while controlling the vehicle with a joypad.
If there would be one device that will have attributes of joypad and a mouse, gaming industry would irreversibly change. Evolution of both console and PC has happened before our very eyes, and the progression was amazing. The first Sony PlayStation console was released in 1994, and only 20 years later we have PS4 a gaming console so advanced that you can almost play next gen PC games on it.
Whether you are a console gamer or a PC gamer matters a lot to game developing companies, where they strive to bring better games on their platform than on platforms that their competition has. Console games always had a quality in their storyline and adventure games were in abundance. PC games are different that matter, where playing on a keyboard and mouse allows better control for RPG and FPS’s. Knowing this it is only natural that most PC games work better in multiplayer because playing on a joystick has its flaws.
Multiplayer VS Singleplayer
Usually, games with 3rd person mode set as a default camera view work better on consoles, while first-person shooters require more precision from players, so they are released on Microsoft Windows. Whether we like it or not adventure games work better on consoles, but this is with multiplayer. Singleplayer games for consoles have a fixed auto-aim that allows players to achieve precision in games where that is important. The auto-aim mode doesn’t work in multiplayer, and that is the main problem with multiplayer in console games. PC games, on the other hand, allow players to control their aim much better than playing with a joystick. This is why they have so much success in multiplayer. You don’t see many competition in FPS games on consoles; this is because aiming with a mouse is far more superior that aiming with the analog stick on a joystick.
PC games VS Console games
If you like singleplayer games with a good storyline and excitement, you should buy a console instead of a PC. Nothing better than sitting back and enjoying a game on a joypad. If the game has a good storyline, it is basically like watching a movie where the protagonist is controlled by you. You are the one who makes the decisions and choose in which direction game is going to go. On the other hand, if you like games that support a multiplayer mode where you can test your skills that you’ve acquired playing his singleplayer mode of the game, buying a PC is the choice you should make. Not only that you can play games online with other players, but you can also enter competitions and win prizes. There is one particular game title that holds a contest where players prove theirs skills battling each other, and this competition is becoming a tradition of a sort. Quake is known for having such competition that first started 15 years ago, and people are still playing that game challenging each other online.
If you are planning to buy a new console or a new Desktop/Laptop you should choose to keep in mind what games you want to play. So being a singleplayer gamer that appreciates a good storyline and all the excitement that it brings you should buy a PS or Xbox console. If you are more of a multiplayer gamer who want to test his skills playing online than PC is definitely for you.