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14 Responses to The Hidden Benefit of Video Games

  1. Jenn Collins @ Monkey Butt Junction  

    I was born in 1976, and when the Atari 2600 came out, I had one. I have no doubt that it was instrumental in my early development of hand-eye coordination, it facilitated turn-taking and patience, it helped me understand the value of a dollar at an early age because I was required to save my money if I wanted a new game, and it helped me discover problem-solving skills.
    Game have come so far since back then, I have no doubt that, in moderation, video games can be wonderful education devices.

  2. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    Thanks for sharing! This is such an interesting perspective that I would not have thought of. I know my husband will also be more than willing to introduce our baby to video games and TV when he is older, so this makes me feel a lot better about it 😉

  3. Jessica Lang @ Cloth Diapering Mama  

    thanks for writing this! We got a video game this Christmas that is connected to a bike. My son really likes it and has to pedal and count in order to progress in the game. I was against it at first, but the combo between exercise and learning numbers/words was a bonus for us because we don’t have a yard for him to play in. Now when I see that he is going a little stir-crazy in the house I have him jump on the bike and count how many peddles he can do in one minute. Glad I’m not the only mom allowing video games! 😉

  4. Michelle  

    I admit I will never understand the obsession my boys seem to have with their video games. I guess it can’t hurt them too much to play here & there, but just hate when they spend too much time playing them. We have such a busy schedule that I mostly don’t have to worry about it though.

  5. Amy  

    I clicked quickly to read this one 🙂

    I’m working through Nintendo DSi “stuff” right now with my two older kids. It is an interesting journey to live life within limits for health and well being while also allowing children to recognize and utilize the choices they have…

    Thank you for writing this article – it opens the mind to the potential available in the vast array of electronic gadgetry our kids enjoy interacting with.

  6. Kaila

    Learning comes from within, from a genuine desire to be curious and explore things until they make sense. For my daughter, she used the video game as a tool to expand her knowledge, another day it will be another tool. A book, a friend, a youtube acount, Legos, a vacation, a rainy day, an instrument, the library, anything can and is a learning experience!!! Giving my children the freedom to use the tools isn’t always easy, but always so worth it!

  7. Darcel @ The Mahogany Way  

    I love this post. I have fond memories of playing video games as a child with my family. It’s so much fun to watch my girls enjoy playing video games.

    I always love reading about the positives of video games. They really aren’t evil like people would like to believe.

  8. Heather  

    You know, it’s interesting how many people have a misconception of video games as mind-numbing or a waste of time. In fact, studies have shown that gamers perform better on tests, have more highly tuned decision making skills and superior hand-eye coordination. They most definitely have a tangible benefit. Achieving goals is a big one 😉

    Awesome story and good for you for giving her that chance!

  9. April

    I have accused my husband of playing mental gymnastics to convince me that video/computer games have any value or merit whatsoever. Although I can’t say that I am truly swayed in my opinion, I do think that a little balance is called for in this – for me. I still worry that too much gaming can be detrimental to social and other skills developing, but I think I might see a bit of daylight shining on the possibility of there being some good in a little bit. I=

  10. Kristin  

    Thanks for this! I also think that in moderation gaming can be a fun and come with learning benefits, too! I know as my girls get older I will have to work with them on moderation (and model it myself, ha ha) but for now they accept the limits I set.

    Can I ask what game/system your daughter liked so much? My oldest is really into storytelling and story games, so I am curious! I also want to check out the bike one mentioned in a comment upthread!

    • Kaila

      She plays Little Big Planet on the PlayStation3. Her favorite feature of the game right now is the My Moon. It gives her an opportunity to create her own levels, she absolutely amazes me with what she comes up with! Although it is not advertised as an “educational” game. Oh and it is multi player, our whole family can play together (bonus!)

  11. Momma Jorje

    Video games can certainly be good in ways. It sounds like it was a good bonding moment with Daddy there, too. (Sometimes those opportunities can be hard to find.)

    I’m glad someone else asked what game, I couldn’t believe you didn’t name it in your article! I love the Katamari series of games, especially for their non-violent aspect, though you can pick up humans and the king talks down to your character. We see humor in it.

    But then my 1yo isn’t old enough to even want to play yet. She has her own (broken) controller and likes to pretend sometimes.

  12. cassondra law  

    sounds like me! i am not a gamer. my husband is. i never wanted our son to get into it. but, my husband secretly ordered a toy story game for our son. they played together. and just as your daughter, my son started to learn new things! shapes, matching, colors, reading, etc. now, i’m okay with it. just as long as its toy story or something similar.