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4 Reasons to Start Gaming
It's not what you think
When people think of "gamers", most people think of radically obsessed nerds who live on their x-box. While I'll admit, this is definitely a thing, I'm here to show you why you should change your mind on the stereotypical 'gamer', and why you should start gaming yourself.
1) Gaming is Fun!
The most typical reason why you should game, and the one that would be the most obvious, is that gaming is fun! Shouldn't that be reason enough?
Research at North Carolina State University found that "older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being." Regardless of the research, its almost common sense knowledge that video games are fun and can increase your well being. Just try it out, and you'll see!
2) Gaming Is For Everyone
It's true! Gaming is for everyone, including you. No matter what type of personality you have, I guarantee you there is a game to suit your needs. Are you active? There are games where you can practice your tennis swing or dance until you're sweating. Are you into architecture or design? There are games to help you increase your creativity towards this niche. Are you into beauty? There are games to teach you tips and tricks that you couldn't practice on your own. If you've got a lot of interests and don't know what kind of game to start with, try taking a quiz which can help you decide where to start.
Bottom Line: Gaming is not just for 'nerds'. Gaming is for everybody, and no matter your personality type, there will be a game to suit your needs.
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3) Gaming Makes You Smarter
Remember when your parents used to limit your video game time because it was "making you brain dead"? Well, hate to break it to you Pops, but you're wrong.
Yes, it's true. Gaming makes you smarter. In fact, there have been studies on 'gamer' brains to see what exactly gaming does. What these studies have found, is that gaming can increase cognitive functioning as well as with certain tasks such as multi-tasking, perception, attention, task-switching and decision making.
Another study was done which proved that gamer 'experts' were found to have more grey matter in their brain which helps with information processing.
Good news for those of you who are already gaming addicts! And great news to those of you who will start gaming after reading this article.
4) Gaming Connects You
Although there's lots of controversy about gaming causing one to be "introverted" or "disconnected", I am here to persuade you that the opposite is in fact true. In the last ten years, there have been many technological advances which now allow us to connect to people all over the world. Instead of being 'disconnected', gamers are actually more connected, and have a social network that is global.
People gaming online could be talking to their friend down the street, or a fellow gamer friend across the globe in China. There are gamer social networking sites available to be apart of as well such as Raptr, OMGPop, and Playfish which makes it easy to meet fellow gamer friends.
Bottom Line: Gaming is a great way to not only meet friends, but meet friends with your same interests.
How To Get Started?
So now you know why you should game, but here is the how!:
1. You'll need something to game on. I suggest using either a tablet/ipad or a laptop. PC's are usually more compatible to game on, but any laptop will do.
2. You'll need fast internet to avoid latency.
3. Games of your choice! Last but not least, decide on what types of games suit your personality. I would recommend joining a gaming social network like the ones listed above so as to make friends in your gaming community.