The disadvantages of playing video games are stated often and exaggerated almost just as much. All games have some potential disadvantages, but there’s a plethora of benefits and advantages as well. It’s essential to have balance in our lives, including gaming. Let’s look at several benefits and advantages of playing Counter-Strike.
Counter-Strike is a high-adrenalin, fast-paced game that requires quick thinking, exceptional visuomotor coordination, mental flexibility, and instant decision-making. These are mental skills that are routinely exercised in Counter-Strike. But that’s just the beginning; let’s go into more detail.
Mental Advantages Of Playing Counter-Strike
We’ve all heard that games make people aggressive or lazy. There are several pieces of evidence that show that games do not cause aggression and laziness and that games like Counter-Strike offer tremendous mental benefits.
1. Counter-Strike Improves Visuomotor Coordination
Counter-Strike requires fast responses while switching or combining actions like running, crouching, jumping, aiming, and shooting. One millisecond means the difference between winning or losing. Counter-Strike improves your brain’s ability to communicate information between your eyes and muscles.
This deals with communicating this information quickly and knowing exactly which fine movements to make to aim accurately. Counter-Strike exercises and improves this visuomotor coordination.
2. Counter-Strike Improves The Brain’s Ability To Learn
Harvard Medical School in Boston found that playing video games, like Counter-Strike, for two hours per day makes parts of the brain thicker, especially areas dealing with senses and perception. This increased thickness improves the brain’s ability to absorb data that it picks up through the senses, assisting with learning new skills.
The effects last for three months or more after playing. Games are now incorporated into training programs to facilitate faster learning.
3. Counter-Strike Improves Quick Thinking
Since Counter-Strike is such a fast-paced game, players must think on their feet (figuratively speaking). A member of the opposing team could pop up at any minute, or you could hear a grenade dropping, and you need to react instantly and in the right way to properly deal with the situation. You can’t go through a pros and cons list to determine the best course of action.
4. Counter-Strike Improves Strategic Thinking
Counter-Strike is a game of strategy at its core. Knowing your opponents’ goals and finding ways to counter their actions is more important than killing the opposition. Forming a strategy with your teammates and working out that strategy one step at a time is often what wins the game.
5. Counter-Strike Teaches Fast Decision-Making
No matter how well you strategize, the opposing team could change your plans instantly. When this happens, you must think quickly to respond effectively. You don’t have time to weigh up your options. Rounds last only a few minutes, and your choices in a split second could considerably change the game’s odds.
6. Counter-Strike Improves Visual-Spatial Skills
The ability to perceive your environment, and make accurate decisions based on that, was found to improve surgeons’ performance in simulated surgery. Games like Counter-Strike and Half-Life make extensive use of visual-spatial skills and are commonly used by medical students to improve their visual-spatial abilities.
7. Counter-Strike Stimulates Player Creativity
Counter-Strike, and video games in general, stimulate players’ creativity in the sense that players can create their character’s persona and worldview in a fantasy setting. This persona and worldview do not necessarily have to match the player’s, causing them to think more creatively and come up with new thoughts and ideas.
Physical Benefits Of Playing Counter-Strike
People may say that video games have no physical advantages, but this is not entirely true. It’s true that most video games may not improve your fitness directly. Still, some physical benefits surface, especially when games like Counter-Strike are combined with other physical activities.
8. Counter-Strike Improves Finger Flexibility And Strength
Since Counter-Strike is such a fast-paced game, players must move their fingers rapidly and sometimes at strange angles. Fast responses require faster movements between keys and buttons. More delicate actions, like aiming with a mouse, require excellent muscle control. These finger skills are helpful for players who also play musical instruments like guitar or piano.
9. Counter-Strike Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
Since your brain’s ability to communicate information between your eyes and muscles improves while playing Counter-Strike, it actually improves your hand-eye coordination in the process. Counter-Strike players who participate in any other sports that involve hand-eye coordination, like most ball sports, will soon see a notable improvement in their sports performance.
10. Quick Decision Making On The Sports Field
The quick decision-making skills that you learn while playing Counter-Strike will be of tremendous benefit when you participate in other sports. Your brain will automatically interpret scenarios on the sports field and apply your newly-developed mental skills within that context.
Ever since video games have evolved from the realm of “only nerds play video games” to where even sports stars are known to play, college and university sports performance has improved noticeably.
Social And External Advantages Of Playing Counter-Strike
Apart from the many physical and mental advantages, playing Counter-Strike can benefit you on many other levels as well.
11. Becoming A Team Player
Counter-Strike is about being a team player. Those who play Counter-Strike and simply do their own thing quickly find that they are on the losing side and will eventually be shunned by other players. Your ability to be a team player and do everything as one part of this team will improve as you play Counter-Strike, which will benefit you in everything you do in your life outside the game.
12. Leadership Development
Most Counter-Strike teams that play together for an extended period of time will eventually see one person emerging as the official or unofficial leader. This will be the person that the others take their orders from. Counter-Strike is an excellent platform to practice your leadership abilities and hone your skills before implementing them in the real world.
13. Social Interaction
Many gamers are loners and introverts that get little to no exposure to social interaction outside of the game. Counter-Strike and other multiplayer games allow these players to interact with others and improve their social skills. There have even been cases of players dating and getting married in real life after playing online games together.
14. Excellent Stress Relief
This is not unique to Counter-Strike, but it definitely applies to Counter-Strike as well as other games. Sometimes we just need to escape the realities of life and blow off some steam. Counter-Strike allows us this opportunity since we can be another person in another world, doing things we wouldn’t normally do. A good escape is an excellent way to relieve stress and improve mental health.
Advantages of Counter-Strike Over Other Games
There are also some benefits to choosing to play Counter-Strike over other games.
15. Counter-Strike Is Cross-Platform
Whether you like playing on a PC, Mac, or a console, Counter-Strike has you covered. You can play Counter-Strike on Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation, or Xbox. You can even play with or against players on some of the other platforms as well. PC, Mac, and Linux players can play actual cross-platform games, while consoles are limited to players on their own platform.
16. Counter-Strike Is Free To Play
Since December 2018, playing Counter-Strike does not have to cost you any money, whereas most other games require an upfront payment. Counter-Strike is free to play, without limits, with no penalties if you don’t pay. But there is a store platform where you can buy add-ons like player skins, gun skins, etc., to make your player a bit more unique.
17. Counter-Strike Isn’t Too Power-Hungry
Players on a budget won’t have to fork out thousands of dollars to buy the latest and most powerful consoles or PC hardware. Counter-Strike will run adequately on most PC hardware that’s a few years old, and it runs on consoles as old as the PlayStation and XBOX. There are always benefits to getting better hardware, but it isn’t a definite requirement.
To Sum Up
Counter-Strike is often frowned upon by people who oppose violent video games, and it has an age restriction for a reason. But it is a proven fact that playing Counter-Strike has many benefits and advantages. If you enjoy playing Counter-Strike (in balance with real life), go on and have fun, knowing that you are not wasting your time, despite what others might say.