‘Shoot-em-up’ video games are appealing to some people and appalling to others. But are they good for the brain? Well, yes, and no.
Research on the effects of action-oriented video game playing finds a mixture of seemingly positive and potentially negative effects on the brains of players.
How much do you see and how fast can your brain make use of that visual information? It turns out that the video-game-trained brain apparently makes more sense of visual stimuli and is able to act upon visual information faster.