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Scientists have always speculated that games could improve certain levels of the brain that help the players improve their lifestyle. In the past few decades, studies have been conducted on this issue, and the consensus was in favor of games.
Most studies found a positive correlation between games and cognitive skills. Some games improve the cognitive process, while others affect overall performance. Almost all studies conducted in the domain concluded that games do improve decision-making skills.
After running more tests, scientists and researchers were able to tell about the genre of games that improved the decision making of players. The games include MMPORGs, role-playing, action and adventure, and strategy games.
Why Games Make You Smarter?
The field of gaming has become very advanced. Games nowadays are designed in a way to improve the behavior and actions of players. Most scientists have concluded that 50 hours of game-play is enough to kick-in the spontaneous decision-making process.
With that said, let’s say you are playing a racing game, and you see a huge boulder in front of you. You have to take quick action or you are out. These types of spontaneous decisions can improve the inference process, something we need in our lives to make regular decisions when we don’t know the results.
List of Action Games to Improve Decision Making
We decided to create a list of all those games that were found to increase the decision-making level of their players.
Grand Theft Auto
The first game on our list is Grand Theft Auto (GTA). It is an open-world game series. The player starts as someone living in a slum, and the goal is to become the mafia boss of the city. He has to pass various levels. The game is self-explanatory, with 50 main missions.
However, players can choose to select their missions based on the type of game they want to play and how they want it to end. This game has been proven to enhance cognitive skills.
Unreal Tournament is an action game in which the player starts as a rookie soldier who wants to become the champion of the Unreal Tournament league. It also offers many gaming series, just like GTA.
However, it isn’t an open-world game, and you will have to select a mission before starting the game. The unreal tournament is a hit among action and role-playing game fans.
Unreal Tournament support ended in 2007, and the team decided to develop Fortnite. It is an online multiplayer game. Fortnite is available on smartphones as well.
Call of Duty
Call of Duty is another series of role-playing action games. The game series is based on real-world scenarios. Its first four games were based on World War I, World War II, and the Cold war.
The rest of the games were against non-state actors such as the Taliban, ISIS, and many others. Its latest version, Modern Warfare, is based on criminal syndicates of Russia, Uzbekistan, and the Middle East. Players start as CIA operatives and infiltrate the syndicate bases to sabotage their missions.
Defense of the Ancient Arts (DOTA) is a strategy game based on the Warcraft series maps. In War Crafts, players follow a storyline to save the world from the clenches of an evil witch. The game is based on the novel World of Warcraft.
However, the Dota multiplayer game has a straight storyline. Two teams play to destroy the base of the other one. Both teams start with one (or if multiplayer) multiple heroes. Each hero has 1 level. They get to upgrade the players and weapons by destroying enemy soldiers and collecting more manpower.
Dota is played around the world as a league game. Top players of Dota are considered a star among the gaming community. ESPN Esports organize all event matches of Dota.
Red Alert is a strategy game series by Command and Conquer strategy game developers. The story of Red Alert revolves around World War 2. The game starts when Albert Einstein kills Adolf Hitler by traveling back in time to avoid World War 2.
However, the plan fails when Joseph Stalin leads an invasion of Europe instead. The game includes missions from both the Allied and Soviet sides. You can also play skirmishes to hone your skills further.
Since it is a strategy game, it takes hours to complete a mission. However, you can increase the game-play speed to conclude the game faster. Red Alert is all about making the decisions and then bearing their consequences.
Age of Empire
Age of Empire is a strategy game series based on real-world events in the world occurring in different timelines. The game starts with the Stone Age, where the people used to live in tribes. It then upgrades the game to Iron Age, the Bronze Age, and then the start of civilizations.
The game then focuses on how various civilizations used to rule the world by enhancing their skills, improving technology, and focusing on education and cash flow. You can pick from 12 different civilizations and use the missions to move from each age while witnessing the technology that is used to advance that civilization.
In a way, the Age of Empire also enhances the knowledge of its players by providing short history lessons throughout the game-play.
Need for Speed
Need for Speed is a racing game in which you have to beat your opponent in racing. It consists of tournaments, drag races, drift battles, and many other similar games. The game is simple, and you get new cars and money after beating other players. You have your mechanic shop where you can upgrade your car by adding new parts to it.
Asphalt Series is a mix of multiple racing games. It was developed for mobile phone users and to provide them a stunning graphic experience. No other video game was focusing on mobile users at that time. Asphalt has a mix of Need for Speed, Shift, and Burn Out.
It offers races in all terrains. The game focuses on multiple racecourses, which are modeled after real-world scenarios.
Tactical squad by Unlimited Gamez Mo is a precision shooting game. The player in this game is equipped with a sniper and has to eliminate enemies from a distance without being sighted.
You will progress in the game by eliminating the enemies. However, there is a catch here. While killing your enemies, you have to be very accurate because you cannot afford to shoot civilians. If you kill an innocent person, you will lose points.
While games do improve the decision making and inference process, no guarantee playing a game alone will make you smarter. So, don’t rely too much on simply playing games and also focus on other activities such as reading, drawing, and other muscle memory exercises for a wholesome experience.