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Some Reasons Why You Should Play Puzzle Games More

g3Games are generally entertaining, but you can get so much more than just entertainment when you choose puzzle games. The puzzles do entertain, but at the same time they exercise the brain, thus increasing intelligent growth and learning ability. They are not good only for children, but also adults because they improve the brain function. The problems are stimulating and they help you test ingenuity. There are so many reasons you should consider playing puzzle games more and they include the following.

1. Puzzles help improve intelligence quotient

As a player, your IQ level will be raised because the puzzles force you to reason and think beyond what is usual. You end up using memory, general knowledge, problem solving skills, logic and spatial imagery and they all work together in sharpening your intellect because you learn challenge overcoming.

2. The puzzles are educative

This can be said for puzzles because they employ research skills and you end up learning new words and proper spellings of the same hence you improve language and spelling skills. Creativity, concentration and reasoning are some of the other areas that puzzles work on making you a better leaner. Whether you are playing word find, letter games, jigsaw puzzles and others, you will reap educational benefits and have some fun while at it.

3. They play a role in enhancing motor skills

This is especially beneficial for children because they are at a stage where they are learning to hold a pencil. The puzzles can help speed up this learning process because they need to hold objects; other than pencil they would need to hold jigsaw puzzle pieces and move them from place to place till they find their rightful places. Peg-hole puzzles are just as helpful in improving motor skills and they all together develop and enhance eye-hand coordination.

4. Puzzles help in improving cognitive ability

They help in enhancing visualizing and understanding of whole part relationship in children. Kids get to learn lots when dealing with numbers, shapes and colors because they need to figure out where the objects belong. Advanced level puzzles on the other hand help adults in enhancing language skills. Puzzles like scrabble, Sudoku and mathematical puzzles as well as crosswords are all beneficial.

5. They help in improving social skills

Even though puzzles can be handled and enjoyed by an individual, they become even more fun when there is more than one player because they introduce some sense of competition hence every player gives best attempts. The players need to share, coordinate, follow and lead and this helps in improving social skills that are very important. They also offer a great platform to learn how to best deal with frustrations that are common with puzzles that prove to be difficult.

6. The puzzles help in increasing and improving productivity

This is because they offer a fun way of memorizing, grasping and learning content in a given subject area. Students have easy time learning because they do not feel too pressured to understand and they instead learn the concepts subconsciously while playing and enjoying the game.

Best Five Real Life Lessons I Learned From Childhood Video Games

1.) Resource Allocation

Video Game Example: Resident Evil

Resident Evil, especially the first three of the series, taught me that sometimes it’s best to avoid a situation where it could cost you everything in order to reserve what little ammunition you have. I remember getting close to the end of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis with absolutely zero ammunition and already injured. As soon as I would try to run for it, I’d die. Being the derpy 12-year-old I was, I of course didn’t have multiple save points so had to restart… the entire game. I learned quickly to only use what I desperately needed and to save the rest.

Being an, ahem, financially strapped college student, I use this same principle when it comes to money. If I only have a limited cash flow, I know to only use that money in times of urgent need and in order of importance. The priority, especially as an upperclassman, went a little something like: Beer, Coffee, Bills, School-related purchases, and lastly food.

Okay, so maybe that lesson wasn’t quite as well-learned.

2.) Problem Solving

Video Game Example: Lemmings

I vividly recall playing this game on my Sega Genesis and when those little guys with green hair would start falling into the pits I would yell at my television screen. “I put a bridge there! What’s going on! Oh, it’s not far enough.” I learned quickly to notice the problem areas and, using the crude resources given to me, race to devise a strategy. Drop too far? Give them an umbrella! Can’t dig? Blow one of the lemmings up!

Nowadays I don’t have to worry about falling into any pits or getting stuck in a patch of dirt, but I do have the ability to notice problems and, using what is available to me, sort out a solution. If I only have ten minutes to get to class, but the building is on the opposite side of campus, what should I do? The answer, people, is RUN.

3.) Persistence

Video Game Example: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Now, this may have been the first video game I ever played on the computer that wasn’t in a two-dimensional world, so it may have been my fault that the controls were absolutely atrocious for the beginning gamer. Regardless, that stupid obstacle course on Lara’s grounds kept me angry and bitter for a long time before I was able to complete it without error. You’d have to stand on the very last pixelated edge of a pillar to jump and dive and, hopefully, catch the edge of the next pillar.

Persistence is the key to learning any new skill. If I didn’t learn this, I would not be writing this article. I probably would have quit after my first horrid attempt at writing. I wouldn’t dare to keep at it and work towards bettering my grasp of the English language if I didn’t learn that persistence was the key to improvement.

4.) Responsibility

Video Game Example: The Sims

If I remember correctly, The Sims came out at roughly the same time that Tomagotchi and Neopets became fads. All three of these things were what I like to think of as Step 1 to Responsibility. Sure there were no real effects of being a lackluster overseer, but to this 12 year old the thought of seeing one of my virtual pets (and yes, I am calling my Sims my pets) die was a horrifying one. If I forgot to feed it, they died. If I forgot to clean up after them, they smelled. Perhaps it was all just a large social experiment to teach my generation that we all were lacking in the hygiene skills department? We are, after all, the last generation to play in dirt after the age of five.

If The Sims taught me anything, it’s that I am not responsible enough for a real living object to depend on me. I killed so many of my Sims due to negligence that I’m sure I’m on a Most Wanted poster in SimCity’s Police Department.

5.) The Importance of Thinking Outside of the Box and 5a.) The Importance of Typing Quickly

Video Game Example: King’s Quest

Oh, King’s Quest. In my mind, it is probably the most random mashup of folklore, pop culture, and random puzzles that ever graced the PC Gaming world. Where else could you be on a screen with a gingerbread house and witch, then suddenly get swooped up by a giant condor? Nothing beats spending a lot of time in the screens “LOOK”ing at something in the hopes that it would be useful later on. You needed a pretty good imagination in order to even think to climb that giant oak tree or to climb down the well in the bucket.

As for typing quickly, let’s go back to that condor. You had to type in the word “JUMP” in order to make Sir Graham jump into the condor’s talons. It must be timed perfectly. If you miss, you have to hope he shows up in another screen soon. After fifty or so attempts, you realize that you must type “JUMP” and hit enter (Two steps!) in such a short amount of time that the letters on the keyboard were probably rubbed off.

Know About Importance of Educational Video Games In A Child’s Life

The little kids enjoy long vacations from their schools at different times of the year, according to the adverse climactic conditions in the various continents. But the parents are always fretting over how to utilize this long break from the strict school curriculum in the most effective way for their little ones. The best way to make your toddler’s summer vacation worthwhile is by gifting him/her a series of educational video games as they will provide your child a platform to experiment, to explore, to make mistakes and to learn, while having fun.

An educational video game intentionally merges gaming with an educational software in the most entertaining fashion. Gamification of education has garnered huge interest among the educators and is also capturing a permanent position in the school curriculum, as it serves as an effective teaching-aid in making students understand the nitty-gritty of Math, English vocabulary, Geography, History, Political Science, General Knowledge, along with Computer programming, a recent addition to the school syllabi.

If educational video games are well executed, they can provide a strong framework for inquiry and project-based learning, says Alan Gershenfeld, co-founder and president of E-Line Media, a publisher of computer and video games and a Founding Industry Fellow at Arizona State University’s Center for Games and Impact.

Games are also uniquely suited to fostering the skills necessary for navigating a complex, interconnected, rapidly changing 21st century,” he adds. Similarly, Histrionix is a leading learning company with a vision of spreading “EduPLAYtion“, that is, a seamless blend of play and education, among the younger generations. A brain-child of two history teachersRick Brennan and Jason Darnell, this game’s aim is to provide the educators and the learners an interactive, game-based curriculum on various subjects, that will help in enhancing the critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities of their players.

Some video games that can enlighten as well as entertain your child in this summer vacation are:

1) Fish School HD: It is a great game for preschoolers. It teaches numbers, letters, shapes, and colours with the help of animated fish and tries to cover basic skills taught before or during preschool curriculum. After kids work out their brains, they can have play time by tapping and dragging the fish and watching them react.

2) MinecraftEdu: A version of the famous game, Minecraft, it teaches students mathematical concepts including perimeter, area and probabilities as well as foreign languages.

3) Dinosaur Park Math: The game takes you through a dinosaur park and presents math and trivia challenges to unlock different parts of the park. The kid’s job is to unlock pieces of each dinosaur by solving math problems. Once the fossils are uncovered, the guide will give facts about that specific dinosaur and the world it lived in. This app has the perfect combination of addition, subtraction, and dinosaur facts.

4) ChemBlaster: It is a web-based game designed to help players learn core Chemistry concepts, including elemental symbols and 52 common ions and polyatomic compound,by blowing them to bits.

5) Games like GlobeTrotter2 and GeoGuessr help the video game lovers to learn about the states and their capitals from various countries. GeoGuessr is a game which places its player on different geographical locations and provides clues, with the help of which you have to recognize the location, whereas GlobeTrotter2 is a game which presents questions related to geography to its players in order to progress through the game.

6) There are a wide variety of video games that enhance the English vocabulary skills such as the Word Games generated by Merriam-Webster, BBC schools, Pogo. com, to name just a few. The ABC’s Zoo Learning Game is the most suitable game for tiny language learners to learn the basic building blocks of English.

Just a few games have been listed here out of a plethora of more such innovative educational video games available online and in leading gaming stores all across the world. Parents can also play along with their kids- nothing brings families closer than competition.

So, parents no longer need to spend sleepless nights thinking over their child’s whereabouts during the long school vacations – just a few interesting video games in your little one’s game parlour will keep them away from all nuisances. Your kid will think you are a cool parent for letting them spend so much time in front of the computer, and parents will have peace of mind knowing their kids are actually furthering themselves.

When you bring a little child to this amazing world, it becomes the sole responsibility of the parents to give them the best of education and upbringing according to their abilities. Each and every brick plays a significant role in making the building strong- a child is one such high upright building of which the parents have laid the foundation stone.

All work and no play will definitely make your kid a dull boy/girl. So,let us mix learning with playing and gift them an educational video game to garner their fleeting concentration.

This article can serve as a guide to the new parents who are searching for ways to engage their little ones during the long school vacations in a constructive and fruitful manner.

Learn More About Educational Video Games Useful for Academic Achievement

Time and again in scientific quantitative research gamers have shown to outperform non-gamer control groups. According to social science scholars games are not a new phenomenon of the 21st century to be used in learning. They have been around for a long time and were used by the Department of Defense to inspire or stimulate military and political crises situations. For instance, in the Polish nationalistic uprising, the pro-Castro movement and in the Cold War. But the way games are used have come a long way and are much more than conniving military strategy tools. They are now ingrained in our culture and form a significant component of our contemporary culture.

But video games since their inception have been an object of both fascination as well as fear among the masses. Today the gaming fear has subsided and as per reports, 75 percent of corporate managers in IT giants like Apple, Google and HP under the age of 35 play video games on a regular basis. Also employees above the age of 35 play or have substantial gaming experience. In fact these days’ games are so popular that they are purchased in numbers greater movies.

There has been a shift towards educational video games along with other educational toys like the Rubik’s cube. Educational video games have very many positive effects on kids like, give them a sense of achievement when they begin to solve a problem and progressively get good at it, they learn real world problem solving strategies, there is optimism from persevering to solve the game as they understand that they are fairly smart and regular play of such educational games for kids work to keep their brains active and stay sharp. Their mental reflexes to a problem at hand changes for the better and also gives them a wider perception to solving problems. There are also other benefits to such game play, like, it improves hand-eye coordination, improves children’s concentration levels and helps them to process thoughts faster and also improves short-term memory skills.

The most interesting form of intellectual development associated with video games is the level of foremost intelligence in humans of spatial or visual understanding. Humans have the unique ability to imagine realistic worldly spaces in their minds, and video games help to develop and work on kids’ spatial intelligence; as these games work as a 3 dimensional puzzle much like an open-ended puzzle like a treasure hunt.

Moreover, certain educational video games are also known to help children with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) so that they can avoid unhealthy thoughts and keep their minds off from them with games that keep them busy.

So, what are you waiting for?! Pick up your gaming consoles and start learning like the contemporary gen next child should!