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  • bY admin March 30, 2022

​​While you could easily find statistics showing the negative effects video gaming can have on young people, it is important to balance that information with the positive effects. Recently, the scientific community has begun to explore the numerous positive benefits that playing video games can provide for kids. In part, due to the tearing down of stigmas related to gaming (e.g., “games make you lazy” or “games make you violent”) and a deeper understanding of what addiction actually means, psychologists and researchers have identified a trove of beneficial features associated with healthy gaming that many in the gaming community have experienced firsthand for decades. If you are worried about the amount of time your child spends playing video games, these positive benefits should help assuage some of your concerns. 

Positive Effects of Video Gaming

Improved Cognitive Abilities

Video games can improve some of your cognitive abilities – especially your visuospatial skills and concentration. Visuospatial ability is your ability to recognize and remember objects and the relations between those objects. This skill can be essential for everyday tasks such as driving, finding your way in a city, or making sense of a map or objects around you. Spatial ability is also important in several fields of study, including mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, meteorology, and architecture. This is one of the key positive effects of video games that might be beneficial for students and professionals, but will also serve gamers well in everyday life.

Enhanced Problem Solving and Logic

Gaming improves problem-solving skills and logic. Researchers have performed fMRI scans on 27 professional gamers and found they had more grey matter and “heightened connectivity between certain subregions in the insular cortex”. In practice, this translates to enhanced cognitive abilities, which include improved problem-solving skills and logic. Many gamers play games that require a great deal of planning, strategic thinking and using logic to achieve goals within the game, so it makes sense that they will have enhanced development in areas of the brain dedicated to problem-solving and logic.


Increased Hand-to-Eye Coordination

Another positive effect of gaming is increased hand-to-eye coordination. People who play games regularly have better sensorimotor skills than those who don’t play video games. These skills are key for faster learning and adoption of tasks that require hand-to-eye coordination, such as bike riding, typing, or other tasks that require you to coordinate the movement of your hands with the movement of your eyes. Games allow you to develop an ability to learn sensorimotor patterns and movements faster and more efficiently, which may help you with tasks in the physical world.

Greater Multi-Tasking Ability

Gaming has been shown to improve your multitasking ability. This is one of the most notable benefits of gaming because it provides you with the ability to perform your daily tasks better and more efficiently, and also complete many tasks at the same time. Many games force players to perform several tasks at the same time – especially action games. For example, you have to look at the enemy on the screen, keep track of your health, ammo, and other stats, as well as move your character. You might also be speaking on a microphone with your teammates and friends. With all of the fast-paced action and hyper-stimulation that modern games provide, gamers may drastically improve their multi-tasking ability.

Faster and More Accurate Decision-Making

Video games can help you make decisions faster and more accurately, which can translate into better decision-making ability in real life. Action games, in particular, are more likely to lead to gamers making faster and more accurate decisions over non-gamers, and even over players that play slow-paced games. This skill can be valuable in areas of work where fast decision-making is crucial such as on the battlefield, or in a hospital, and gamers are primed to make these decisions faster and more accurately than non-gamers.

Enhanced Prosocial Behaviors

Even though it is true that excessive gaming can make you antisocial, there are many games out there that promote the social aspect of gaming. Some games involve cooperating with other players and talking with them through text or voice chat, which can improve your ability to work with other people and have better social interactions, even when playing games. The social aspect of gaming has also grown beyond just playing prosocial games. For example, gaming may be a popular conversation topic amongst students at school. There are also scholastic esports teams and clubs being formed, along with a convergence between gaming and social media platforms such as Twitch and Discord. Although gaming is increasingly social, it is important to maintain a balance of face-to-face interactions and physical world friendships.

More Physical Activity

Playing games that promote you to stay active might improve physical health, especially when compared to games where you remain sedentary the whole time. Take VR games as an example. The vast majority of these games will have you moving around or at least standing up, which is already better for your health than playing games where you remain seated. Gamers also find VR gaming more immersive and satisfactory than traditional gaming, so it’s only a matter of time before VR games become the norm in the next few years.

Some Additional Benefits

In addition to all the positive effects of video gaming listed above, there are also some other effects that many gamers report, including:

  • Non-native English speakers are able to learn English faster using video games
  • Games require you to persevere with your task to complete the goal of the game, which means they build up your perseverance
  • Video game players are also able to concentrate better and for longer periods than non-gamers
  • Other benefits include better pattern recognition, strategic thinking, risk-taking abilities, and management

The Bottom Line

Gaming can be a positive and beneficial experience when played in moderation. To experience the positive effects of video games, it can be helpful to identify your motivation to play. If you play games in moderation, for fun and recreation, you may experience many benefits. However, if you play games excessively to escape real-life problems, then you may begin to experience problems from your play, and in extreme cases, develop a gaming disorder. Playing games can have both negative and positive implications on your quality of life so it’s important to be aware of your play and keep it in balance.

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  • bY admin February 22, 2022

If you are registered in our 2022 CBSD Winter Fortnite League, you have a chance to start winning before the league even begins! If you know someone else who loves Fortnite, ask them to register for our Fortnite League. Both you and your friend will be entered in our Logitech Pro Gear Giveaway! On February 28th, we will draw 2 winners. One winner will receive a Logitech G PRO Keyboard, and the other winner will receive the Logitech G PRO Gaming Mouse!

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  • bY admin February 22, 2022

Doylestown, PA, February 22, 2022 –(– Metro Esports, an esports lounge and technology-based education center located on Street Road, in Warminster, Bucks County, has forged a partnership with YMCA of Bucks County to open an Esports gaming lounge at the YMCA’s Doylestown branch. The partnership will provide YMCA members, county residents and the surrounding community with a welcoming and inclusive outlet to explore gaming, camps and technology geared toward all ages and abilities and all skill levels.

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The state-of-the-art gaming lounge is scheduled to open in May and will be Metro’s second Bucks County location. YMCA members and non-members will be able to take part in casual gaming tournaments and league play for major esports titles, while using powerful industry leading gaming PCs, virtual reality units and simulated racing consoles. Young people will also have a chance to participate in programs including esports bootcamps and “Train with the Pros” programs, featuring members of the Metro Esports professional Valorant team.

In addition, YMCA of Bucks County’s Metro Gaming Lounge facility will be a center for STEM and esports education for young gamers interested in building, programming and designing the games that they like to play. There will be opportunities for students to acquire hands-on industry experience in Metro’s college internship program. Metro Esports and the Y will also offer summer “Metro Madness” camps and weekend gaming camps for kids and teens. The YMCA also plans to make its Metro Esports gaming lounge available to rent for special events. “It’s an honor to be able to serve our local community as an extension of the YMCA’s programs. In our modern era, kids are provided tools at a much younger age to set them on the path to a career,” said Zach Archer, Director of Events, Metro Esports.” Archer continued, “Today, we leverage the viral popularity of gaming to strengthen our pipeline of young minds into the ever-expanding tech workforce. In addition to helping matriculate kids into promising technology driven career opportunities, Metro Esports aims to continue cultivating a safe and inclusive gaming space.” Archer concluded, “I’m confident that our new facility at the YMCA will promote health, wellness, socialization, and growth across a multitude of programs and experiences, the likes of which no one has ever seen or experienced before.”

In addition to providing esports programs, Metro Esports plans to work with YMCA of Bucks County to implement the use of virtual reality for physical health training. The YMCA plans to incorporate gaming elements into some of their existing health training programs, with the goal of educating the community about the health benefits of certain types of gaming experiences.

“We are thrilled to partner with Metro Esports to provide a state-of-the-art gaming and technology learning experience through year-round programs and summer camps,” commented Trish Feinthel, chief operations officer, YMCA of Bucks County. “As one of the largest organizations serving youth in Bucks County, we strive to offer a variety of activities that engage children and teens with diverse interests and abilities. At the heart of our youth sports leagues, swim and gymnastics teams, skateboarding programs and youth leadership opportunities, is a commitment to build-up each individual by fostering camaraderie and teamwork in a safe environment that encourages skill development and healthy competition where the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are honored. Together, with Metro Esports, we are broadening our impact and meeting youth on their playing field and providing the positive elements and experience of team sports to kids who may not be interested in traditional sports.”

The partnership between Metro Esports and YMCA of Bucks County is a part of Metro’s broader mission to bring tech and STEM education to the youth of Bucks County. Shaon Berry, CEO of Metro Esports, has been a champion of youth education throughout his career. Berry, a former Division 1 college athlete, spent the last ten years creating high-profile, high-volume sporting events, many of which were televised and watched on the NFL, CBS, and ESPN television networks. Berry stated, “I am excited by the opportunity to serve area residents on an event greater scale. I can think of no better partner than YMCA of Bucks County to co-produce community safe-spaces designed to attract, engage and unite gaming and technology enthusiasts from across the County and beyond.” Berry and Metro Esports recently launched a partnership with Central Bucks School District, the third largest district in Pennsylvania, to facilitate esports leagues for the district’s 18,000+ students at all age levels.

About Metro Esports

Established in 2017, Metro Esports & Technology Center is a gaming, virtual reality and learning facility located in Warminster, PA. The 7,000 square-foot facility features 20 gaming computers, 10 flat screen televisions and two virtual reality rooms, including a VR escape room and a VR driving experience, complete with NASCAR Racing & Virtual Reality stations. Metro Esports also hosts content creators in its state-of-the-art studio, available for podcasts, live streams, broadcast engineering and music engineering. For aspiring technologists, there are classes in coding, game design and robotics. Once a student completes a class, he or she can apply for industry internships with Metro Esports’ tech company partners. For more information about Metro Esports, visit and follow @metroesportsus on Instagram.

About YMCA of Bucks County

YMCA of Bucks County is a charitable, nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through membership and programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. Annually, the Y serves nearly 60,600 members and participants at its five member branches, five child care centers, and six camp locations across Bucks County. YMCA of Bucks County provides $5 million of community impact annually in the form of financial assistance to individuals and families in need and free programming for veterans, cancer survivors, older adults and more. To learn more visit

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