During the pandemic, many Americans were cooped up indoors, but the game industry did not suffer. Three out of four households have a gamer. Sixty percent of these households own a gaming device. Despite the high costs, seventy percent of parents say that video games are educational and play with their children at least once a week.
Chinese gamers are spending a lot less on video games
The Chinese have many advantages in gaming, especially if they’re not forced to pay to win games. The country has the largest population of internet users in the world and affordable computer devices. China’s network construction is at the forefront of the world and its connection is stable. The Chinese government has attributed great importance to e-sports and is pumping in a lot of capital. The country’s e-sports masters have become super stars and inspired many young people to get involved.
The Chinese government has taken significant steps to address the problem of video game addiction among teenagers. After lifting the console game ban in 2015, China introduced new rules on the time of day in which young people can play games. Players under the age of 18 can only play games online after 8 p.m. on weekends and during public holidays. The restrictions are an improvement over the previous one imposed by the government, but Beijing hopes to break the bond between youth and video games.
Effects of video games on cognition
Recent studies have demonstrated that playing video games can improve cognitive performance. However, they do not prove that video games improve memory. The research is limited to US gamers. In one study, four hundred and seventy-one people played “Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville” and two thousand seven hundred and fifty-two people played “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” These players were tested ten days after playing the game and followed up with surveys.
The researchers studied the short-term effects of video-game play in healthy adults. Specifically, they compared the cognitive, sensorimotor, and perceptual skills of both groups. Both games were made in three-dimensional (spherical) environments. They also examined whether playing games could affect cognitive performance over time. This study challenged previous findings and looked at the effects of gaming on healthy adults.
Effects of video games on social life
The negative effects of video games are well known. However, there are also positive effects of video games, such as improved social skills. According to research, video games improve visual attention skills, as well as social skills. And despite some skepticism, video games are helping US citizens live healthier lives. In addition to that, these games can help them overcome loneliness and other social problems. But can they also help US gamers get better sleep?
According to the American Psychological Association, violent video games can contribute to anti-social behavior and aggression among children. The report stated that the association between violent video games and criminal violence was not strong enough. The findings were rejected by a group of psychologists and media scholars in an open letter. Another study by Henry Jenkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that teens who play popular video games did not commit as many violent crimes as those who did not play such games.