6 video games that could improve your problem-solving skills
World-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal believes video games can improve our problem-solving skills.
Jane McGonigal is a world-renowned designer of alternate-reality games. She also has a Ph.D. in performance studies. McGonigal is convinced games can improve our problem-solving skills. She tells Business Insider she wants people to realize that games can be “powerful tools to improve our attention, our mood, our cognitive strengths, and our relationships.”
To stimulate your mind, McGonigal recommends playing one of these games for 20 minutes three times a week:
- Call of Duty. A first-person shooter game, can help improve visual attention and spatial-intelligence skills, which can lead to better performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Forza. A car-racing game, may help improve your ability to make accurate decisions under pressure.
- Grand Theft Auto. Taking on the role of a criminal in a big city may help train you to process information faster and keep track of more information — up to three times the amount as nongamers, some studies suggest — in high-stress situations.
- StarCraft. A strategic, military-science-fiction game, can also improve the ability to solve imaginary and real-life problems, possibly because they teach users to both formulate and execute strategic plans.
- Mass Effect. A science-fiction third-person-shooter game, require strategic thinking, but also test and refine your information-gathering skills.
- Final Fantasy, a fantasy-role-playing ”thinking game”, can help train you to evaluate your options faster and more accurately.