There will be many people who preach the evils of video games. To say that all video games are bad would be an ignorant statement to the most ultimate degree. While it is true that there are times where children(and even adults) can be obsessed with video games. Where they can play video games in an excess as well, to say that video games are some demonic plague that should be avoided one hundred percent of the time is the height of ignorance. There is a certain way where video games can be useful in sharpening the mind of youngsters.
Just think back of some of the best games on the market. There have been good games, and bad games, but the best games offer one thing. It gets the gamer out there and thinking of a way to beat it. If a video game can be defeated by mindlessly mashing the buttons, then in some way it has failed. It is a relic of another time, where button mashers ruled the world and the only skill was to mash buttons in any order.
The 1980s and 1990s had that area where games could be completed without thought if your reflections were fast enough.
In the modern day and age, if a video game can be defeated that easily, it just is not a good game for any reason whatsoever. There requires some element of strategy to win the game, to defeat the enemies, the bosses as they are called by gamers. It is amazing how video games can get people to think and to find patterns in the attack strategy. It helps with recall and helps them understand certain patterns.
The best video games out there, on any video game console offer a balance. They will be fun and enjoyable to play. But at the same time, they will require some engagement and some thought. Where the game player will actually use their brain to complete the objective. Without making them think that playing the game is too much work, because that would defeat the purpose.
Obviously it is unhealthy to play a video game for too often and for too long. Yet it is not because it will rot your brain and turn you into a mindless demon, but rather eye strain and carpal tunnel can be a problem. Plus your muscles will size up. So do play, do sharpen your mind, but do so in distinct moderation.
Video games are not completely the worst thing out there, in fact, they can be a tool in sharpening one's mind. Providing you find the right game to play.