Peter Fischilla – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Everyone and their mother knows about video games since it began becoming popular in the late 90s. Why have video games seen such a boom since then, and what can video games do for you?

More than 150 million Americans play video games, and 75% of households have a consoles in some form. The reason for its popularity is arguable, but research suggests a few key reasons.

Video games were originally seen as “geeky” and “uncool,” but in recent times it’s become quite opposite as teens have accepted it as a normal things. There are even benefits, as recorded by the a blog called Video games have been known to increase focus, enhance memory, improve problem-solving abilities, improve coordination, and overall make the brain quicker.

It’s not a coincidence as kids who commonly play video games also have higher Grade Point Averages (GPAs) than those who don’t. A study done by The Guardian, sees drastic academic performance contrasted from those who don’t play video games. The article concluded that high school students who played video games online   “scored 15 points above average in math and reading tests and 17 points above average in science.”

Not only does it have some benefits, but it can also connect kids around the world. Paul Fisichella just recently moved from Las Vegas to Bradenton, Florida, and he said, “I love playing video games because it connects me to my friends from home. It’s like I’m always with them even though we are far apart.”

Video games have also transformed out of the male societal landscape as even more and more women everyday are playing video games including LRHS senior Sienna Rodriguez, who recalls that she’s played games like Mortal Kombat and Call of duty, an a-typical high school student that doesn’t even own a personal device capable of video games.

The realm of video games also stretches to older generations with the introduction of mobile games that allows for a more entertaining bus ride with games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds. Mobile gaming is a mostly free service that is made available to anyone with a cell phone or any other mobile device.

Video games have become bigger than the film and music industry. The Huffington Post writes, “Amazingly, this year, the money spent on video games is expected to reach $92-billion, which is more than consumers spend on movies and music.”

Video games are a staple in society, and are very popular because of the online aspects. It will also potentially positively affect a person’s education, making it seen as a generally positive thing. This acceptance allows more and more people to play, making gaming so popular.