computer gamesComputer Games, according to statistics, are found in the homes of 92% of schoolboys aged between 9-11 years of age, and 75% of girls in the same age group. Some 32% of households own a Playstation 2, a staggeringly high figure, second in the world only to Japan. However, the U.S. computer games market is diversifying, with significant expansion of digital games into the 25-40 age group.

Nintendo, Wii, Evo, and Sony’s PlayStation are among the most popular items, with riots and even shootings accompanying their commercial releases as shoppers fought for these high-demand games. Using advanced visual effects, music, and storyline, computer games offer interactivity and randomness that allow the games’ scenarios to play out a slightly different way every time. Video games are based upon the player navigating and mastering a highly complex system with many variables. This requires strong analytical ability, as well as flexibility and adaptability.

Computer games usually require a degree of hand-eye co-ordination and strategic thinking – in fact, these games can be very challenging in both respects, as well as demanding a speed of response that other games do not require. Multi-player computer games take advantage of the internet, providing players with the opportunity to compete with other players from across the globe, something that is unique to PC games.

Computer games have a bad reputation for eating away at time better served by homework or outdoor play. However, the right sort of computer games can help develop a range of creativity, decision making and problem solving skills especially for children who lack interest in or confidence in learning.

Computer games can be useful learning tools, particularly for subjects such as numeracy and literacy, foreign languages, sciences and business administration. Computer games are also useful for teaching scientific or mathematical concepts that may otherwise be hard to visualise or manipulate. Action and adventure games, in particular, can be used for industrial training as they help to develop proactive thinking and spatial awareness.

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