How regularly playing StarCraft can make people better gamers
StarCraft is always seen as the complicated game out of the library. It makes gamers smarter with how challenging it is for every player who tries it out. It should not be a surprise that StarCraft players are smarter than the usual gamers who come from other titles.
The StarCraft series has been around for more than two decades now and it has remained a strong fixture in the gaming industry. It commands a strong legacy because it is referred to as the first esports game. It remains strong in countries like South Korea where it’s seen as part of the culture.
Players have shown many highlight plays over the years but it also has a lasting effect on others gamers who play it. StarCraft gets the brain working which has led SC players to become better gamers. It also challenges the player to brush up on their mechanical skills.
StarCraft helps gamers improve on multiple aspects
When you play StarCraft, you can see that the game helps players become better in both mechanical skills and mindset. Recent studies have also shown that StarCraft and other real-time strategy games can help improve brain power and multitasking. Dr. Brian Glass talked about how the RTS games can be useful learning tools in the study.
Pro StarCraft player Ryan ‘State’ Visbeck talked about how this study does not surprise him. He already knew that SC and other RTS games have always been strong enough to help people improve.
He said, ‘Anything that makes you think critically, adapt to different situations on the fly and invent new strategies is going to have a really positive impact on your everyday life. Strategy games—StarCraft II especially—are really good at rewarding problem-solving skills and improving your decision making’.
The study involved gamers playing StarCraft and The Sims for about 40 hours for over six to eight weeks. This study showed that SC is still a sublime game even a decade after the second title’s release.
MOBAs can also help gamers improve
MOBAs has become a famous genre of esports titles. Games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, and many more have become top esports in recent years. There is no clear-cut study like the one for SC but pro players attest to how MOBAs help them.
TSM Snapdragon player Alex ‘Xpecial’ Chu talked about how League helped him become a better player. He said, ‘Every move you do is calculated. It's like chess. It's not about what you're doing right now. That's important too, but it's about the next move and trying to account for the other team's next move’.
Hopefully, gamers can realize that playing SC is a solid brain exercise.
Words: Cholo Martin