Published on May 5th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

Gaming for Good: Can video games help your child gain valuable life skills?

Here are 8 reasons why your child should get into gaming

Gaming sometimes gets a bad rap, but there are more than a handful of benefits to playing video games and reasons why parents should get behind these activities:

  1. Improved cognitive skills: Playing video games can enhance various cognitive skills such as attention, perception, memory, and spatial reasoning.
  2. Better problem-solving skills: Gamers are often required to solve problems and overcome obstacles in games, which can improve their problem-solving skills in real life.
  3. Enhanced creativity: Video games can inspire creativity and imagination, as they often take players to unique and fantastical worlds.
  4. Improved social skills: Many video games involve teamwork and communication, which can help players develop better social skills.
  5. Increased hand-eye coordination: Many games require quick reflexes and precision movements, which can improve hand-eye coordination.
  6. Educational value: A lot of video games can be educational, teaching players about history, science, and other subjects. Gamification is a popular teaching technique that helps students retain information better through engagement.
  7. Develops determination: Many games require persistence and determination to complete, which can instill these qualities in players.
  8. Esports can pave the way to other careers in the video games industry for those interested in games design, coding, development, publishing, and more. Beyond succeeding as a professional player, gamers can also explore their interests in commentary, referee admin, events, coaching, journalism, video, business, marketing, and many other skills.

Ready to take gaming to the next level? The Australian Esports League (AEL) and Game on Cancer have joined forces to bring the ultimate esports showdown to schools. Now, there’s even more reason for your teen to play for a good cause – by raising vital funds for life-changing cancer research.

For every student who signs up to join the High School League, the AEL will be donating $2 to Cure Cancer. That’s right, just by playing games and having fun, students can make a real impact in the fight against cancer.

Gaming for a charity can give gamers a sense of purpose and meaning beyond the game itself, helping young individuals to feel like they are making a difference in the world. It can also inspire others to get involved and make a difference, spreading awareness and creating a ripple effect of positive change.

Register now and let your kids play their way to a cancer-free future!

Want to know more about Cure Cancer?

For the past 56 years, Cure Cancer has been dedicated to funding cutting-edge research across all cancer types, giving talented young scientists the opportunity to make an impact with their innovative and ground-breaking ideas.

Our seed funding has kick-started over 550 cancer researcher careers and led to numerous global breakthroughs in cancers including brain cancer, breast cancer, immunotherapy, pancreatic cancer, and childhood leukaemia. Without our funding, these discoveries may never have been made.

By investing in research today, we can safeguard the generations of tomorrow. 

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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