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8 Health Benefits of Gaming


The health benefits of playing video games: too good to be true?

Aside from the sheer fun of it – and the nostalgia that takes over when you come face to face with an arcade you haven’t played since the days of fanny packs, jelly shoes and scrunchies – some studies indicate that indulging in your favorite games may be of benefit to your health! It’s true – there’s research out there which suggests there are real health benefits of playing video games – from promoting healthy brain function to slowing the aging process and beyond. Here are just few of the reasons we encourage you to put away the books, take a break from work and come join us for some good, ‘ol fashioned arcade gaming…

Grow your brain.

One study, by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, had participants play Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes per day for a period of two months. The results showed a clear increase in gray matter in the part of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, memory, strategic planning and fine motor skills.

Improve your decision-making skills.

Since video games often force players to make quick decisions, it’s suggested that gaming can help improve decision making capabilities.

Strengthen your cognitive flexibility.

Another study, conducted by Queen Mary and University College London researchers, suggests that strategy-based video games improve your brain’s cognitive flexibility (the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts, and to think about multiple concepts simultaneously). Researchers found that participants experienced improved performance on psychological tests following this study.

Climb the ladder.

Another of the many suggested benefits of playing video games is the enhancement of leadership skills, as many games encourage and reward leadership behavior – leading to a potential increase in professional success. This makes gaming a great idea for your next team-building event. Not only is gaming a great way to blow off some steam and get to know your co-workers, but your entire company can reap the benefits of increased leadership.

Alleviate pain.

Immersing yourself in video games can act as a natural pain reliever following medical procedures, according to this article by

Slow the aging process.

A study done by the University of Iowa found that elderly people who played brain-teasing video games for just 10 hours were able to delay the aging process by up to seven years.


Stressful day at work? This article suggests that playing video games can not only help you unwind following a stressful day at the office, but can help you to maintain lower levels of stress the following day.

Lower your risk of Dementia and Alzheimers.

Video games aren’t the only one of their kind. Some research suggests that board games (which are available for play on specified weekdays at our Raleigh and Greensboro locations) can improve logical thinking and learning and lower your risks of developing dementia and Alzheimers.

Never again feel guilty for gaming!

The moral of story: there’s plenty of reason to frequent your favorite, local arcade bar. Video games aside, we’ve got plenty of mood-boosting beverages on the menu and free weekly tournaments at both our Raleigh and Greensboro locations to help you fulfill your need for friendly competition. So next time you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends, family or coworkers – come on in to experience the benefits of playing video games for yourself. Happy gaming!

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