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Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that video game preferences differ across professions. As reported in an article in Simulation & Gaming, this can contribute to the development of certain professional skills.
For example, video games can improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and determination.
Scientists conducted a study in which they analyzed the gaming habits of 16,000 video game lovers. They looked at the 800 games they played the most and also included only those participants who had information about their occupation. It turned out, that IT professionals and engineers were more likely to play puzzles and strategies that may have improved their spatial skills. People in leadership positions preferred role-playing games that involved organizational and planning skills.
There were also significant gender differences: women preferred to play solo games, while men preferred to play shooters (“shooters”).
According to scientists, employers could search for suitable candidates for a vacancy by evaluating their gaming skills. And developers can do more thorough work on developing interpersonal skills in a video game.
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