Video Games Good For Brain Development and Having Fun

Training your brain and its importance

Our brain and, subsequently, our memory and cognitive skills can be trained and improved as we age. This can be done by learning new skills or challenging ourselves with new or complicated tasks. One way to do this is by playing games that require thinking, concentration, attention to detail and more. Many games actually engage all these elements and could positively affect our cognitive skills. but this game or activity has to have features in order for it to actually work:

1) It has to be challenging. It has to be a new formidable activity that will require learning.

2) It has to be complex. Doing an activity that is easy for you and you can simply do the same thing over and over again without thinking has no real positive effect.

3) It has to require practice. If it is easy enough for that, you are able to finish the challenge on your first try; it just means that this is not challenging for you, and you have to find a more challenging and more complex activity in order to engage your brain and cognitive skills.

What are cognitive skills?

What do we mean by cognitive skills? Cognitive skills are a mixture of different qualities that will allow us to do the simplest tasks, such as remembering what to buy when we go shopping and more complicated tasks, such as solving scientific problems. Some of the most critical cognitive skills are:

Working memory: includes our short term memory and the part of the brain that we use to remember things, to talk and more

Response time: how long will it take for us to process a situation and react accordingly.

Processing speed: This is the amount of time before we respond to a situation.

Planning: Planning the future or organizing tasks to get the job done requires focus and brain activity

Focused attention: This is the ability to focus on the subject that is important and to be able to filter out all the other unimportant matters while concentrating.

Brain Training and effect on cognitive skills

Using your brain and thinking can strengthen your synaptic connections of various parts of the brain, which are responsible for different cognitive abilities. In the absence of simulation, these connections are weakened and will have a negative effect on your abilities such as attention, perception, memory and more.

Training your brain can have many positive effects, such as:

1) Improvement in academic performance

2) Slow down the age-related decline of the brain

3) A powerful cognitive ability to optimize everyday performance

Train your brain with games

So we've established that brain training activities are crucial, but what is the best way to do this? The answer for everyone might differ, but one thing is constant. If this task does not seem like tedious work and if you can have fun along with it, you might be more eager to spend some time of your day doing it. You can have fun along with doing something productive. There are plenty of video games good for brain development. so choosing a thinking game such as puzzles and word games are a good choice.

That is one of the reasons why we chose to create a word puzzle game, "Lingolish". This game is based on the classic board game Mastermind. The basics of the game are that we have to guess the secret word in each level, and we will be guided to the right answer through colors. The letters of the guessed word are colored either green, orange or gray. Each color has a meaning as follows:

Green: The letter exists in the secret word, and it is in the correct position

Orange: The letter exists in the secret word but is placed in the wrong position

Gray: The letter does not exist in the secret word at all.

Are all games effective?

But not just any word puzzle or crossword puzzle is enough. If the levels are too hard to find the answer or too easy, it has no practical results. So in Lingolish, one of the things that was focused on was how to spread the difficulty of the levels. It doesn't get too easy so that you will get bored, nor does it get too hard for you not to know the answer get stuck. It is a good mixture of easy, medium and difficult levels which will keep you on your toes.

Brain Train in Lingolish

A new feature has been added to our word game, called the Brain Train challenge. As players progress in the story mode, once every 20 levels, somewhere along the way, a hidden Brain Train challenge appears from under a stone, tree or ice. They are not mandatory to play for progressing in the story mode, but players will earn extra coins and win gems if they do play them. The mechanism of the game is that we have a square of tiles such as 4 in 4 dimensions. These tiles will start to blink in a specific color. So in each level, you are required to pay attention to certain details, such as the number of tiles, the order of the colored tiles and the color of the tiles.

This will require your focus and attention when the tiles start to blink and will use your memory while remembering the blinking tiles. Here you can see a bit of our Brain Train feature in Lingolish: Word Puzzle Game:

References

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  2. Brain fitness

  3. Training the mind