Video Gamers Are Better Business Thinkers?

from the so-they-say... dept

While the popular sentiment may be to blame video games for all sorts of problems, it appears that there’s an increasing amount of evidence that video games have the potential to be quite beneficial in a variety of areas. This isn’t all that new, but there’s now more data suggesting video games have widespread benefits. The latest area studied is in business thinking. Apparently, video gamers “are better risk-takers, show particular confidence in their abilities, place a high value on relationships and employee input and think in terms of “winning” when pursuing objectives.” Of course, you can certainly point to potential problems with the study, but there are other studies that seem to support the beneficial aspect of video games. In the past, for example, there have been reports suggesting that video games can improve your health and your visual skills. Other studies have shown that video games are good for kids by challenging them to think, often in ways more mentally stimulating than kids get at school. On top of that, certain video games can help kids get some exercise and save on their health insurance. At the professional level, not only have some suggested that playing video games at work is beneficial in helping employees to recharge, while building up teamwork skills, others have found that video gaming can be excellent training for the military or for doctors. Another study found that good gaming skills meant a person was a good stock trader. Had enough yet? It certainly seems like a lot of people are looking into the idea that video games can have some benefit in many different situations. Of course, it probably depends on the game, the person, and the situation — but it certainly seems to counter the concept that there are no redeeming qualities to video games.

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Graham Mosley says:

Correlation versus Causality

While I have no doubt that gaming can be beneficial, whether it?s improving reflexes with FPS gaming or learning to work at maximum efficiency within a certain rule set with strategy games, I think it?s important to determine if the game is developing these skills or if people like to play these games only because they already have the necessary innate skill.


waltz4moon says:

Re: Life is like a video game...

Suikoden II teaches you the power of networking and the business concept of quid pro quo. By doing people favors in the game, the main character gains their allegiance and skills which aids in his personal quests. But yeah… I have to agree with Graham, I already had that skill even before I played the game.

jason lankford says:

Re: Re: your butchering of the English language

Is English your first language? If not then I apologize ahead of time, but one of the first skills you will need to acquire to become a video game tester is a basic use of the English language. Interpersonal communication skills are relevant to any job but in such a technical field one of the areas you will need to improve is your grammar.

Eric Mausler says:

Re: Correlation versus Causality

I agree 100% . Observation cannot determine Causation.
I would speculate that studying the games a person plays and how good they are at those games can only gauge their abilities in those areas. It does not mean if someone lacks priority organization and time management that playing an RTS is going to better them. It may just mean they will suck at RTS.

ME says:

in response to Wayne...

First of all, learn to speak proper English. It’s difficult to translate what you said into something understandablem but here’s what i got out of it:

“I have no problem with what you said, but here’s a question for you: How does one become a video game tester? I’d love to sit around all day playing video games and get paid for it! If you could help out, I’d appreciate it.”

There, that’s better.

Now, then, in response to your comment, I’d like to first state that being a video game tester isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. (I’m not a video game tester myself, but here’s what I know:)

Video game testers aren’t paid to sit around and play games and say “tihs iz da sh!et dood!!!1!” They’re paid to test out every part of an unfinished game. They play each and every level on all settings again and again, looking for any possible bugs in the system. Testers essentially search the game from top to bottom to find any and all bugs in it before it’s released into stores. They don’t just play for fun.
And I can well imagine you’d have to play more boring games and less fun ones, like a random poker game from some game company you don’t know about, not so often will you be testing the new Zelda or Mario.
And after you’re done testing the game, you need to tell the company what bugs, glitches, or other problems you found. This means you need some good writing skills, because you’ll be doing a lot of it.

I’m not trying to say that being a video game tester would be boring, I’m just saying that it’s not all about sitting around and playing video games. I’d love to do that just as much as the next guy, but why would someone pay you to play video games if they don’t get anything out of it themselves?

Stallion Brother (user link) says:

I strongly agree

I am doing a presuassive essay and this is some valuable information. I strongly agree that enhanced reflexes and better teamwork skills would work in any work place. But some people agrue many games that may be benificial may also cause violence in todays youth, though I dont think thats true, what can I counter argue?

Stallion Brother

Blah says:

to the person killing the english language...

it’s shocking to find someone that can only defend himself with cursing… that just basically says that people that agree with this article and go against the wayne person has won this argument…

As for the article… I also must agree… amazingly, you can learn alot from video games and from what I recently found… it can actually be a pain reliever… shocking, no? Hahaha…

Try proving us wrong, Wayne… logically, ethically, or emotionally… if you can… however, people are merely moved by logic… ~Mithos from the game Tales of Symphonia…

Eric Mausler says:

Not quite so beneficial

Video Games are not reflex builders or job trainers. The absolute most a video game can benefit someone is by refining certain skills that person already has. It does not grant new abilities. I have plenty of not-so-quick (reflexes) friends spend hours upon hours on FPS games but they still have slow reflexes and thus suck at the games.
On the opposite side, my brother (who has naturally quick reflexes) will play some FPS before a soccer games because it activates the reflexes he already has.

Video Games are a strong stimulus. If there is nothing in your brain for them to stimulate they will not give you new abilities.

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