I’m not a gamer myself, unless you count my Nintendo days (and the entire summer I spent trying to win Contra with my friends), so the subject of gaming never really crossed my mind until I hit graduate school. A colleague of mine was completing her master’s thesis on the learning benefits of gaming, setting out to prove all of the ways action video games can boost learning and inspire creativity.
In fact, I’ve had several friends bond with special needs students over video games, chatting about them, not playing them together, and I found this a brilliant way to reach a student, who was difficult to break through to otherwise. Even if you’re of the mindset that video games have a negative impact on children’s brains, I encourage you to continue reading, as there are many wonderful benefits from casual action video game play.
A 2013 study by the American Psychological