In the past, extended time devoted to playing video games has been associated
with laziness. New research has shown that, in reality, playing video
games can improve cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, memory
and perception, and general reasoning. Some studies have looked
specifically at first-person shooter video games. Often embroiled in
debates about video game violence, these games are now known to improve a
player’s ability to perceive objects in three dimensions at the same
rate as educational classes designed to achieve the same goal.