MasonicGamer.com - “Video games are a waste of time”. If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard this sentence many times throughout your life, often from a partner who’s upset they’re not getting enough attention. Of course, this isn’t the only instance where one might hear the phrase. Parents, teachers, and just non-gamers in general are fond of belittling our favorite pastime. I’ve never really let it get to me, as I feel that the same could be said about any form of entertainment, but also because I just don’t believe it to be true.
Although most people play games for fun only, there are valuable lessons to be learned that can be carried over into real life. I’m not just talking about self-improvement games, such as Brain Age or Wii Fit, but rather games in general, from first-person shooters to simple puzzle titles. There are many skills that can be acquired from video games, so I’m going to list a few that I feel are most common.