Stop playing games and focus on more important things – I have heard this phrase one too many times. Of course, focusing on the task you have at hand is a most important thing. There is no need to remind me of this. But keeping my mind clear and relaxed is maybe even more important. Working with numbers, working with people, working a creative job – these all require your brain to be relaxed and tip top.

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I found that playing a certain types of games, online casino games at Royal Vegas casino, are the most effective at taking my mind off the issues of the day. Spinning the reels of one of the hundreds of video slot machines available at the Royal Vegas can give my mind some well deserved rest. Besides, playing the slots at the Royal Vegas also gives me a sense of success, a necessary treat for my mind after some inevitable failures. And the cash they put in my pocket – either through winnings, or through their specials and promotions – is just the icing on the cake.

Here is some science to back up my claims on games actually helping the brain stay fit – essential for achieving success:

  • a study conducted by the University of Iowa has concluded that playing video games for at least two hours a week helps slow down the age-related decay of mental capacity
  • a study published by the American Pain Society in 2013 sustains that video games, especially those with an emphasis on virtual reality, help relieve anxiety and pain caused by chronic illness

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  • a 2009 study conducted by the University of Rochester has shown that playing shooters – like Call of Duty or Unreal Tournament – can improve the players’ eyesight by boosting their “contrast sensitivity function”, the ability to discern subtle changes in contrast, shown to be the first visual aptitude to diminish with age
  • German researchers have found that playing video games like Super Mario can improve spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills by boosting the gray matter in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum
  • Science has proven that video games are far from being just a “waste of time”, as many consider. It turns out that they are useful, entertaining and relaxing ways to spend a few hours away from the stress of the day. They can even improve several functions of our bodies and minds, ultimately helping us become more successful and improve our performance day after day.