Video games play a critical role in the development of the brain and in a variety of other important areas of human development. It is very easy to dismiss them as a childish thing and a waste of time, but more and more research continues to show that in fact these games do have merit.
The Huffington Post compiled a list of reasons why video games are a great idea for anyone to play, at least from time to time. It all starts with the cognitive development that they bring about in the brain.
The modern video game is designed to help the player both have a fun time and think through some critical problems. You have to use your brain pretty heavily to be able to overcome some of the challenges that the game throws at you. Given this, you have to be ready to adapt and your brain must always be on red alert to solve a new problem. That constant usage of your brain power in the games means that it is getting a workout even if it may not seem so to some people.
Anxiety can be managed to some extent with certain types of video games as well. This is because some games are very easy to win and therefore help to boast self-esteem and ease anxiety. It is something that actually works for real people. That is a benefit that is often not discussed but is very real nonetheless.
Some think that video games are isolating, but that is not true with modern games. The games that people play now often involve a social element that those who do not play games simply do not see. The social element comes in the form of players competing with others all around the planet. This is why some use video games as a means of social interaction, and there is nothing wrong with that. As long as they are gaining something from the game, it is certainly well worth playing.