Feeds

Videogames aid 'life skill' development

Claim... er... gamers

Business security measures using SSL

Looking to develop your life skills? Then forget lowly work experience or charity endeavours - just get back on your games console. Playing games helps develop a whole range of life skills... according to gamers

A massive 84 per cent of “tech enthusiasts” think playing videogames has enhanced skills that help them in their everyday lives, according to research carried out by 2D and 3D graphics software developer Autodesk.

Hand-eye co-ordination, and faster reaction times and reflexes were just some of the skills that respondents thought playing videogames had helped them improve.

Other, more general areas of improvement yielded by playing videogames included the development of patience, understanding, creativity and precision skills.

Playing videogames can also help develop skills useful in education, according to 25 per cent of respondents, while 37 per cent thought that skills learned through gaming have been useful in their careers. Another 22 per cent thought gaming aids social skills.

“Games can have a real impact,” said Mary-Beth Haggerty, senior games industry manager at Autodesk. “I remember never looking at a city the same way after playing Sim City.

Autodesk’s study builds on growing evidence that videogames can have a positive impact on players.

Last month, a North American university concluded that playing action titles, such as Call of Duty 2, can help to improve adult eyesight. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears
RIP 2001 – 2014. MP3 player beloved of millions. Killed by cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.