Video games have become more and more social in recent times with over 80% of gamers reporting playing with a friend either cooperatively or competitively. The chance for social interaction while playing video games is also supported by the fact that many games are played online and can have millions of monthly subscribers, such as League of Legends which has over 115 million monthly players.
Cooperation with team mates is also very fun and important for several games such as Fortnite, therefore requiring gamers to develop social skills and master prosocial behaviour that may generalise beyond the gaming environment. A recent study found that children who played more prosocial games at the start of the school year were more likely to display helpful and cooperative behaviours throughout and later that year.
Video gaming is also one of the solely environment where avid amateur gamers can directly play as well as engage with their favourite professional gamers through streaming channels such as YouTube, Twitch. In fact, the success of gaming streaming services has made them more famous than Netflix, HBO, ESPN and Hulu combined. The streaming platform enables professional gamers from all over the world to easily engage with fans in chat sections that are safely monitor by moderators.
It is also worth mentioning that several recent studies have dispelled the misconception that violent behaviour are consequences of violent games. Despite years of research and a large amount of studies, there is no concrete evidence to suggest that video game violence lead to real-life violence, something which may be a relief to many parents.
How video games are good for your brain
Recent work has shown video gaming can develop a wide range of cognitive skills (the core skills the brain uses to think, learn, remember and concentrate). This is particularly true for a specific genre of video games such as action (Call of Duty, League of Legends and Fortnite). In comparison to those who don’t play video games regularly, habitual action video game players show higher level of attention, memory, information processing and task-switching cognitive abilities.