Games can help people of all ages to develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving, turn taking and nurture strategic thinking. They are a great way of encouraging creativity and imagination by engaging in imaginative worlds and creating games requires 21st century blend of STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art and maths).
Below is some sample research which shows the positive effect of playing video games:
- Oxford university study Playing video games for up to an hour a day is good for children
- University of Rochester Video games can make you learn faster
- Being bad in video games can make us morally sensitive
- Playing Tetris reduces the strength, frequency and vividness of naturally occurring cravings
- Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults
- Rey Juan Carlos University Kinect Xbox 360 as a therapeutic modality for children with cerebral palsy