Some say that gamers around the world look at things from a different perspective. Like artists view the world around them, always dreaming of brand new creations. Gamers are the same, but instead of dreaming of new creations, they dream of new worlds and objects, and new ways to approach situations. This is the affect that games have on people, as they demand a great amount of imagination from players, both in-game and out of a game.
But what is actually happening inside the head of a gamer when they visualise the world around them? Frequent gameplay affects multiple areas of the brain, and this causes an increase in the different senses. Spatial awareness – the ability to be aware oneself in a space – heightens and strategic planning as well as sensory movement are all increased beyond the level of non-gamers. Decision-making improves as gamers need to make quick decisions on the go in every game.
All this, taken from gaming experiences into the real world, increases the way gamers navigate through real-life events. Every aspect of life changes as gamers find new ways to handle different situations. This is just the beginning, as billions of people play games everyday they are actually training themselves without even knowing it.
As gaming evolves, so do gamer’s brains. The ever-changing environments in video games help gamers find new ways to expand their imagination. The faster and more intense a video game is, the quicker gamers learn to process commands and requests, being able to make decisions faster than ever. But this is more than just being able to see the world differently, it is about how gaming teaches people how to approach the world around them. Gamers learn to adapt to different circumstances, and plan accordingly.