Here is a guide that can help you discover the benefits that are hidden in the gameplay of your video game. Please select the genre that your video game resides in. Each genre has the skills and benefits that are obtained from gameplay.

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Types: Platform Games, Shooter Games, Fighting games and beat ‘em ups

Make Faster Decisions: Gamers that play Action Games made decisions 25% faster in a task unrelated to playing video games, without sacrificing accuracy.  Important skill for interacting with the real world in fast-paced situations.

Read Better: Action Video Games also help Dyslexic Children Read Better, as proven by studies.

Develop Math Skills: Platform games, such as Super Mario, have the ability to challenge your mind in different way. Computer scientists have demonstrated that solving a level in Super Mario Brothers is tantamount to solving some of the hardest problems in computational science. A classic example of an similar hard problem is the Traveling Salesman problem: the salesman must find the shortest route to visit 100 cities.

Make Correct Decisions: 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." study researcher Daphne Bavelier said in a statement.

Improved Vision: People who played action-based video games — particularly first-person-shooter games — were 58% better at perceiving fine differences in contrast

Increased Cognitive Level: Action games are able to stimulate the player at the cognitive level as they move through the level, mission, or game as a whole.

Learn Strategy: They also teach strategy, as players need to come up with ways to penetrate enemy lines, stealthily avoid the enemy, minimize casualties, and so on. Players can test their usage of these skills using the multiplayer aspect of these games.

Improved Peripheral Vision: These games also allow players to enhance their peripheral vision, because they need to watch for movement on the screen and make quick decisions about whether it is a threat, to avoid wasting ammunition or harming allied players.

Improved Relaxation: Whilst the actual fighting in fighting games is very exciting and serves to get the blood boiling, fighting games can very quickly be turned into a tool for relaxation by heading to the training room.Any fighting game player will instantly know what this is about, but for those readers who do not play fighting games themselves, the training room can best be thought of as a sandbox where players can try out new moves, tricks and combos on a dummy-opponent. Here, two key relaxation tools can be found. Firstly, there is the relaxation found in exploration as the player sets about trying out new moves and set-ups. Perhaps better than this however, is the ability to perform combos over and over again. Learning combos in fighting games is rather like learning basic piano tunes, and, as with piano playing, the rhythm and repetition of combos naturally serves to calm the mind.

Improved Memory: Perhaps better than this however, is the ability to perform combos over and over again. Learning combos in fighting games is rather like learning basic piano tunes, and, as with piano playing, the rhythm and repetition of combos naturally serves to calm the mind.

Improved Hand Eye Coordination: First-person shooters, platformers, and driving games are particularly useful for improving hand-eye coordination.
Sources: Gizmodo, Business Insider, ARoleModel

Types:  Stealth Game, Survival, Metroidvania

Learn To Avoid Conflict: Stealth games require you to avoid conflict as much as possible. A lot of games, such as Metal Gear Solid, provided gamers many avenues to do so such as crawling, hiding under surveillance cameras, hiding in cardboard boxes, distracting guards by knocking on walls, and other elements which have become staples of the series and the stealth genre as a whole.

Develop Detail And Timing: The game requires you to be tactical and make intelligent decisions. Thus a stealth game can help develop your level of detail and your timing, as you have to be precise.

Improve Decision Making Skills: The player is forced to think ahead and contemplate how their actions will affect the future of the game and, more importantly, how they are able to play the game. An ability upgrade enhances the character's skills and therefore makes it a better option to use that enhanced skill in the future.

Map Reading Ability: Also, games with built-in mini-maps will inherently teach people how to read a map. Players are taught how to get from point A to point B as fast as possible and how to avoid obstacles like blockages, bodies of water, and enemies.

Problem Solving: Survival is the main goal of these games.  start the player with minimal resources in a hostile, open-world environment, and require them to collect resources, craft tools, weapons, and shelter, and survive as long as possible. These games as well require you to problem solve and to be tactical. 

Improved Reactions: Video games also enhance reaction-based skills by providing the element of the unknown, which makes the player react naturally.
Sources: GameCrate

Types: Text Adventures, Graphic Adventures, Visual Adventures, Interactive Adventures, Real-time 3D adventures

Read Better: Playing some adventure games forces you to read and to read carefully. It's important to read carefully enough to get information that will help you solve the problems that are presented. You can improve your reading by practice.

Improved Logical Thinking: Adventure Games help with Logical Thinking.  Logically, what methods or steps would you use to fulfill your objective (getting inside the building)? Another example of a thinking skill is the ability to think in sequential order. 

Observation Skills: The LOOK AT command in simulations allow you to observe.

Map Making and Map Reading Skills: Students also find it helpful to create a map when using most simulation or role-playing games. This obviously helps their map reading skills and practical thinking.

Vocabulary Development: Using simulations can improve your vocabulary. Players will encounter words they don't know, but words you need to know to be successful in the simulation the game is providing.

Familiar Knowledge: Familiar knowledge is knowledge of common things. In simulation games, experiences are expanded. You get to go places and have experiences which you couldn't really have in real life. You visit places that you wouldn't normally visit, like the River Nile in Egypt, or interact with animals it would be too dangerous to be close to in real life, for example computer scientists, snakes, tigers etc.

Spelling: Sometimes, but not always, it's important to spell things correctly in order to succeed in a simulation game. When you spell a word correctly, you help yourself to remember the correct spelling of that word.

Note Taking: The simple acts of taking notes, organizing them, and later retrieving them is good study skills practice. And successful role-playing gamers often develop these skills.

Problem Solving: Problem solving ability can be learned and practiced. At almost every step in a simulation game you will be expected to solve a problem. This skill is an important skill in school, college, and in almost every career.

Developing Strategies: What methods should be used over the long haul to solve a problem? What steps need to be taken? Developing strategies is one part of problem solving.
Source: Creative Teaching Site

Types: Rhythm Based

Physical Exercise: Rhythm Based Games force people to get up and move for 20 minutes at a time is a legitimate and potentially more interesting alternative to traditional aerobic exercise.They challenge a player's sense of rhythm. Games in the genre typically focus on dance or the simulated performance of musical instruments, and require players to press buttons in a sequence dictated on the screen.

Learn Through Actions: Other games such as the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises have been used to provide insight to the basic nature of education in video games. Success at these games requires the player to first fail multiple times – this is the only way to learn the proper actions.

Real Time Feedback: These games also provide real-time feedback on how well the player is doing, an area in which traditional educational systems are lacking.

Learn Without Worrying About Failing: The main advantage with video games is that there is nothing to lose from failing, unlike with real-life where failing usually means a bad grade or worse.

Moderate and Fun Exercise: Another study in the journal Pediatrics found that playing games like Dance Dance Revolution was equivalent to moderate intensity exercise for kids, making it a "a safe, fun, and valuable means of promoting energy expenditure," according to the study.
Sources: AAP Publications

Types: Action RPG, MMORPG, Roguelikes, Tactical RPG, Sandbox RPG, Cultural Differences, Choices, Fantasy

United People: Role Playing Games have the potential to fulfill genuine human needs, engage learners, and unite people in unprecedented ways (McGonigal, 2011).

Learn Self Concept and Anxiety Management: Play-therapy games have been shown to teach children the self-concept, behavioral changes, cognitive abilities, social skills, and anxiety management (Bratton & Ray, 2000).

Improved Reading And  Spelling: Fantasy games have been used to improve comprehension, spelling, and critical thinking for students with learning-disabilities (Mather, 1986).

Less Depression: Research on digital games has shown that they contribute to higher levels of well-being, less depression, and less negative affect amongst older adults (Allaire et al., 2013).

Personal Control And Improved Social Skills: Some of the cognitive benefits of RPGs include the ability to experience other perspectives, practice visualization, escape social pressure, increase personal control, improve social skills (Hughes, 1998), and release unconscious fantasies (Blackmon, 1994).When individuals distract themselves with a video game, this can help reduce the strength of their urges and cravings. Instead of thinking, “I really want to smoke a cigarette right now” or “I really want to eat a piece of cake,” you become so involved in playing the game and achieving those goals.

Virtual Meeting Ground: Many types of RPGS have been adapted to suit a variety of demographics and play-styles. For example, Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) RPGs (e.g., World of Warcraft), allow players to meet in virtual spaces via internet channels.

Fulfill Real World Needs: Conversely, table-top RPGs (e.g., D&D, Pathfinder, Vampire: The Masquerade) typically require in-person group play. Regardless of the type, RPGs function as imaginary play-spaces that have the power to fulfill real-world needs
Sources: Southern Illinois University

Types:Construction and management simulation, life simulation, Vehicle simulation

Rare Learning Opportunity: Simulation games enable engagement in learning activities otherwise too costly to resource or too dangerous, difficult or impractical to implement in the classroom (Berson 1996) as well as those that are hard to accomplish by other means (Thomas R, Cahill J, Santilli L. 1997).

Learn From Mistakes Without Consequence:A good simulation game will allow the student to make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes in a realistic environment yet at the same time the player does not have to suffer the consequences of those mistakes as he would in real-life.

Cater to Learning Style: Furthermore, simulation games are flexible and complex enough to cater to different learning styles (Sedigihian 1994; Kirriemuir 2002), for example via the graphics (Berson 1996).

Exposure to Different Perspectives: They broaden learners' exposure to different people and perspectives (Berson 1996), encourage collaboration and support meaningful post-game discussion (Kirriemuir 2002).

Learn Through Trail and Error: They put the learner in the role of decision-maker and push players through ever harder challengers - you learn through trial and error.

Instant Feedback: The instant feedback and risk-free environment invite exploration and experimentation, stimulating curiosity, discovery learning and perserverance (Kirriemuir 2002).

Self Learning and Motivation to Win: Competitive simulation games encourage self-learning - players have more incentive to learn because of the motivation to win.

Improvement in a Bevy of Useful Skills and Models: Other significant learning benefits of computer simulation games have been found to include use of metacognition and mental models, improved strategic thinking and insight, better psychomotor skills, and development of analytical and spatial skill, iconic skills, visual selective attention, computer skills etc (Pillay et al. 1999; Kirriemuir 2002; Ko 2002; Green and Bavelier 2003).
Sources:  DecisionWare

Types: 4X game, Artillery Game, Real-time Strategy(RTS), Real-time tactics (RTT), MMORTS, Multiplayer-online battle arena (MOBA), Tower Defense, Turn-based strategy (TBS), Turn-Based tactics (TBT), Wargame, Grand Strategy War-game

Great For Brain: Strategy-based video games are proven to be good for your brain health.

Increased Brain Agility: Research published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that gamers may benefit from Strategy based games because it seems to improve brain agility.

Improved Cognitive Flexibility: “Our paper shows that cognitive flexibility, a cornerstone of human intelligence, is not a static trait but can be trained and improved using fun learning tools like gaming,” study researcher Dr. Brian Glass, of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, said in a release.

Problem Solving: Strategy and puzzle-based games are especially good types of games for improving problem-solving, but almost every video game requires some type of planning and innovative thinking to move on to the next level.Video games can be a great way to test your brain and learn to overcome different problems and obstacles. Try to find video games that match your level of difficulty – games that you are relatively good at, but still challenge you too.

Motor skills and Spatial awareness: In a study done using Super Mario 64, individuals who played the game 30 minutes a day for 2 months showed changes in parts of their brain associated with spatial navigation, strategic planning, working memory and motor performance.This is one big reason why the military uses video games to train pilots and soldiers, and many professional racers use video games to improve their driving skills.
Sources: Huffington Post, The Motion Machine

Types: Racing, Sports game, Competitive, Sports-based fighting

Learn Rules and Basics: It can be hard for kids to learn the ins and outs of a sport, but playing a virtual version of soccer, football, or hockey helps them learn the rules and basic skills before they get onto the field or rink.

Gain Confidence: Additionally, the researchers said that there is a confidence connection — playing those specific types of games was associated with higher self-esteem, perhaps because of the increased knowledge provided by the game. That, in turn, made it more likely for them to go try the real thing.

Management Skills: Moreover, there are games, such as football (or any sport game such as FIFA, MLB THE SHOW, ETC) management games, which introduce children to managing finances and general project management.

Improved Hand Eye Coordination: First-person shooters, platformers, and driving games are particularly useful for improving hand-eye coordination.

Improved Social Skills: Sport video games provide a common point with a group of friends and a conversation starter.
Sources: Business Insider

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