Playing video games satisfies psychological needs

Playing video games satisfies deep psychological needs and improve people's well-being in the short term. Researchers from the New York found that the more a game fulfilled a player's sense of independence, achievement and connectedness to others, the more likely he or she was to keep playing. And the more fully a player's needs were satisfied, the better he felt after playing, BBC radio reported.

Previous research on video games has focused on their potentially harmful effects, such as promoting social isolation, addiction, and violence.

While the findings don't prove that video games are always good for you, they do help to provide a more balanced understanding of people's motivations for playing them.

The researchers tried to normalise how people look at video games, rather than seeing them as having some mystical power to addict.

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techwizz3747d ago

Finally good to see games cast in a fond light. I definitely agree though. I'm not as hardcore a gamer as some, but I do get a lot of enjoyment and sense of accomplishment from playing and being successful in a challenging game. Games are just so much more engaging than other forms of entertainment.

WINZLOW3747d ago

i get a satisfaction when i own me some newbies in a free for all.

i also get another satisfaction when i put it inside my wife.

theres nothing like picking up the controller after a hard day of studying or working.

crematory3747d ago

is the cheapest entertainment these days

bunbun7773747d ago (Edited 3747d ago )

reading the dictionary?

but seriously- Last good time I had was yesterday playing Rock vs Rock on SC4 with one of my roomies- we played about 10 fights.

And I remember plugging in Oblivion a few days ago (gotta play while I wait for teh Fallout3) and having a great old time getting attacked by a bandit with bow and arrows. Strafing between pillars, we exchanged shots at each other, I love the arrows sticking out of the target and the satisfying "oomph" when that last arrow finds its spot(it was in his stomach). Good times.