Video Games and Learning

Throughout my life, playing video games has come natural to me. The thought of going on a digital adventure and seeing a story unfold before me was exciting. As engaging as it was, I had no idea that what I was doing also helped me understand things on different levels with my thought process. This page is going to be about that. This page is going to tell you how video games were good for me and how they help us with living life, so to say.

Most recently this year I bought another PS3 because I missed playing video games so much. You’re probably asking ‘Why not get a PS4?’, well to simply put it, it was because of the game titles that I’ve missed out on and wanted to get. Now that I have one again, I’ve been playing a game I’ve anticipated playing for a few years now. That game is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

– Bethesda Game Studios –

While considering the game as a video game on its own, aside from the fact that it is a sequel to the other Elder Scrolls games, it as an example of a way that positively affects your life. It is definitively sound towards other games similar with the same structure that is full of information. As dynamic as the Elder Scrolls series can be, it is apparent that there is so much we can learn from the franchise.

by Dr. Mark Griffiths

With these examples of how video games affects the brain, I followed the different variations graphed above that work in different sections of our brains.

First we look at repetitive action that is involved with Skyrim. Your character must trudge through combat to survive the land of Skyrim and battle gigantic creatures that we face. The repetitive actions we take in the game is to know which style of combat works for us. Be it swinging your sword or casting powerful spells, we need this to know how we handle situations that might occur often through various tasks. While we follow these patterns and build memory, our experience grows as well.

The regions such as Premotor, Frontal Lobe, Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex, and Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex in the example above all work together through out the world of Skyrim as we play. Live action occurs when we are traveling and encounter scenarios as fighting a dragon that is flying towards you or even being surrounded by a group of cave bears. This works in the nature of our senses that we must prepare for the unexpected and plays off our fight or flight mechanisms. You have the choice of knowing you must fight or flee because you are still sluggish and injured for your last battle. These are ultimate tactics we use in daily life to know how we handle the most difficult of situations that may occur at any given time.

As well as we know that fight or flight is common in our being, we have the means of solving the tasks we are faced with as well. The Prefrontal Cortex is stimulated in this game as we try to figure our way through dungeons to find the secrets of the undead, or even solving the works of ancient dwarven artifacts that unlock your next path that you must travel.

Lastly we are rewarded. The more we battle and the more experience we gain, we grow in confidence knowing that we can be a true Dragonborn in the realm of Skyrim through our trails. Growing stronger in the game takes lots of time and patience, it is the Dopamine that we feel as we reach the end of our successful quests. It is the same as we feel knowing we have achieved the goals of our greatest tasks of the days, be it at finishing the last parts of our art we have been making, building various objects, or even helping others that we work with.