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National Video Games Day

National Video Games Day and The Awesome Benefits of Playing Video Games

There is a very special day of the year that we think more people should take the time to celebrate: That day is September 12th, National Video Games Day.

Not to be confused with the singular National Video *Game* Day, which is celebrated on July 8, National Video GAMES Day is a day to get together with your fellow gamers and appreciate all those wonderful levels, bosses, worlds, challenges and noobs you’ve beaten in so many different games.

Video games can sometimes get a bad rep in the media for being overly violent or a waste of time, so we’d like to use this day to share some very positive things about playing video games. Let’s begin now.

Video Games Can Keep You Youthful

Sure, video and arcade games can remind you of a simpler time when you were a kid, but they may also help you actually slow the aging process! A study done by researchers at the University of Iowa found that challenging yourself with brain-teasing games for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process.

They’re A Potential Treatment for Mental Disorders such as Alzheimer’s

Studies have also shown that playing video games can increase developments in certain brain regions. In one such study, participants who played Super Mario 64 for two months had increases in the brain regions that involved functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills of the hands, while participants in the control group who didn’t play Super Mario 64 did not show brain increases in these areas.

Researchers concluded that video games could potentially be used as therapy for patients with mental disorders such as PTSD, Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia.

They Help Surgeons Make Fewer Mistakes

It comes as no surprise that excellent hand-eye coordination is an extremely important skill for surgeons to possess. A non-life threatening way they can hone those skills? You guessed it, video games. Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37% fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery, and performed the task 27% faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.

Video Games Can Increase Social Skills and Communication

Video gaming has developed into quite a community, especially with the help of the Internet. You can play together with people from around the world, working in real-time to strategize, communicate and complete your mission, whatever that may be. Being able to effectively communicate and work together with your peers is a valuable skill set to develop and is beneficial in many areas of your life.

How to Celebrate National Video Games Day

Of course the quickest way to celebrate National Video Games Day this year would be to simply sit down and play video games at home. But did you just read all the cool things videogames can help with? Let’s show them a little more love than that this holiday!

Round up your gaming friends and head to one of our three Boxcar Bar + Arcade locations so you can play all of your favorite arcade games of the past and video games of today! We always have great drink specials and we’re ready to celebrate National Video Games Day with you in style. ^_^

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