First person shooters (FPS) are a type of action video games played from the perspective of the protagonist. What you see on your monitor is what you would see if you were the character yourself.
The most popular FPS games include Team Fortress, Call of Duty, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike. A lot of gamers have been hooked on these games up to this very day.
To make the gaming experience better and more exciting, developers have been working hard to make the game as realistic as possible. They incorporated sharp sound effects, creative graphics, true-to-life movements, and a wide variety of destructive weapons. Gamers found this to be very exciting, but it has been the center of negative criticism from parents and elders.
However, recent studies revealed that, contrary to popular belief, immersing for hours in these action-packed video games have positive effects on the players. It’s hard to believe, but it is definitely true, given the fact that professors and graduates from well-reputed universities were the ones who conducted these studies.
If you’re wondering what these benefits could be, here is a short guide that could help you.
1. Increased brain power
While playing FPS games, you have to keep track of several things at once. That includes your own movement, your enemy’s movement, your ammo, weapons available, and health. You have to figure out ways to make the most out of your resources while trying to dodge bullets and hide from your opponents. According to a study by Shawn Green from the University of Wisconsin, doing these things for several hours will train your brain to do the same in real-life situations.
2. Better hand-eye coordination
The only way for you to move around in an FPS game is to use your controller, mouse, or keyboard. All three entails using your hands. Hence, gamers are better at learning new sensorimotor patterns. They can give a reaction quickly to the things that they see, even if they haven’t seen or experienced it before. A study from the University of Toronto can support this claim.
3. Improved eyesight
Keeping track of all the events happening on-screen will also improve a player’s depth perception skills. In fact, a study by Douglas Gentile from the Iowa State University revealed that surgeons who have experience playing video games are more accurate when performing their procedures.
Gamers enjoy these benefits as they continue to play their favorite games, even if it is only limited to a few hours per day. When you stop playing, you will still be able to enjoy the same benefits for up to 2 or 3 years before they wear out.
Now that we know the positive effects of first person shooter games, we can justify the hours that we spend in front of the screen as more than just for mere entertainment. But, gamers still need to be careful and make sure that they do not fall into addiction. Know your limitations and don’t strain your eyes so you can keep on doing what you love!