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Game changer: the 6 surprising benefits of amusement arcade games

While some people may view amusement arcade games as mere sources of entertainment, they actually offer numerous benefits that are often overlooked. The team at the Highlands Entertainment Centre list the six surprising benefits of playing arcade games.

1. Arcade games can benefit hand-eye coordination and motor skills

Arcade games require players to react quickly to visual and auditory stimuli which improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. These skills are essential for everyday tasks such as writing, typing and driving. Playing arcade games can be a fun way to develop these skills without even realising it.

2. Arcade games can reduce stress and anxiety
Playing arcade games can be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Research has shown that video games, including arcade games, can decrease cortisol levels which is a hormone that is associated with stress. In addition, the immersive nature of arcade games can help players to forget about their worries and focus on the game, providing a much-needed break from the stresses of everyday life.

3. Arcade games can boost brain function

Arcade games can have a positive effect on brain function. The fast-paced, action-packed nature of arcade games at the Highlands Entertainment Centre can help to improve cognitive function, memory and reaction time.

4. Arcade games foster social connections

Arcade games can be a great way to connect with others and foster social connections. Many arcade games are designed to be played with others, either in a competitive or cooperative manner. Playing arcade games with friends or family can be a fun way to bond and spend quality time together.

5. Arcade games teach perseverance and resilience

Arcade games can be challenging, and it can take several attempts to successfully complete a level or beat a high score. However, this can teach players the importance of perseverance and resilience. By continuing to try despite setbacks and failures, players can develop a growth mindset and learn to view challenges as opportunities for growth.

6. Arcade games encourages physical activity

Some arcade games, such as the popular basketball game at Highlands Entertainment Centre, require players to be physically active. This can be a fun way to incorporate physical activity into a daily routine and can be particularly beneficial for those who have a hard time sticking to traditional exercise regimens. So the next time you visit an arcade, remember that you’re not just playing a game – you’re also improving your health and well-being.

How much is too much?

Many parents worry about how much screen time their childhood have. Across Australia, tens of thousands of parents are experiencing the same frustrations when trying to regulate their teenage children’s gaming time, according to Macquarie University psychologist associate professor Dr Wayne Warburton, who specialises in problem gaming. According to his research, as many as 10 per cent of kids who game meet the criteria for “hazardous gaming” while 3 per cent of that group could be diagnosed with a more serious “gaming disorder”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added gaming disorder to their list of diagnoses. The good news, however, is that video games are a healthy outlet for the majority of children.

Highlands Entertainment Centre – family fun in the Southern Highlands

Are you planning to go tenpin bowling or play arcade games in the Southern Highlands? Contact Highlands Entertainment Centre. We’re located in the Highlands Hub at 2/205 Old Hume Highway in Mittagong. Call us on (02) 4871 1600 today. Are you planning a tenpin bowling party?, mini golf party, amusement arcade party or all three? Book your event and take advantage of our fantastic party package options by checking out our party planner. Parties at Highlands Entertainment are not just for the little ones. We now have a range of teen parties. Alternatively, check out our latest news and promotions on Facebook

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