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Games Good For You? What About MMOs?

Posted by Dana Wednesday October 28 2009 at 2:14PM
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CNN has a little slide-show that shows a few ways video games have been proven to have positive health benefits for those using them.

It's a fascinating list. Obviously, the benefits of hand-eye coordination have always been something people pointed at, but actually using it to "warm up" surgeons who make less mistakes as a result is a wonderful fact to know. They also studied to show that video games can do more good for "lazy eye" than traditional medical treatments and can be used to treat Parkinson's.

The trick here is that most of these games are of a specific kind. It takes Wii-Fit to help Parkinson's, FPSs to help "lazy eye," etc.

So, today, I got to wondering what benefits there are to MMOs? They've become a kind of target for a lot of media outlets and obviously have their negative sides.

For me, MMOs have done a lot of great things. For one, they in part taught me how to write. Sometimes we forget that when we talk about "socialization" and the like, we're really talking about a very basic skill: typing.

Through MMOs, I learned that very basic skill. It taught me to type quickly, and properly. Later, it also inspired me to learn how to write and eventually led to a career writing about them. My parents might in some ways be secretly happy I ignored so many earnest pleas to go outside and stop playing on the Internet.

What other benefits do you think MMOs bring in general to people who play them? We spend so much time focused on the bad, it's easy to overlook the good.