Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Another look at video games

I found this very interesting article on PoliceOne.com:

My initial thoughts were that realistic video games could instill useful tactical concepts in dedicated players. Most first-person shooter games encourage ammunition conservation. The spray and pray technique quickly depletes your ammo supply. Players are shown that it is best to reload when you can, not when you have to. Use of tactical cover is encouraged. Players soon discover that moving from cover to cover is a better option than standing in the open and spraying bullets.

Many on-screen enemies will not go down with only one hit; often multiple rounds are required to take an attacker out. Head and chest shots do more damage to attackers than peripheral arm or leg hits. All of these are useful tactical concepts.

It also seemed obvious to me that good hand/eye coordination was needed to excel at a video game. Those with moderate to poor hand/eye coordination should logically benefit from time spent playing such games.

The article goes on to talk about how video games can provide a valuable training aspect. They teach you to recognize multiple targets and increase your visual perception abilities. He talks about a friend of his who is a video game-playing cop who, during a Simunition exercise, was able to identify a bad guy with a gun in a split second, where others might not have done so well.

Whether this article's premise is correct or not, it is a refreshing way to look at a topic that is often the target of hysteria and stupidity.

The whole rest of the site is pretty cool too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From just this excerpt, I agree with the author's premise.

Of course, the downside is that bad guys play video games too...

Shrode from thinklings

12:15 PM  
Blogger Phil Aldridge said...

Shrode -

Sad but true.

Although, if you've seen how gangsters are holding their guns these days, you don't have to worry as much. Bad bad bad for accuracy.

We better pray they just keep playing video games and don't visit the range. ;)

12:24 PM  

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