10 Reasons Architects Should Play More Video Games

Michael LaValley is an n.y.-state registered architect, career strategist and blogging entrepreneur. His blog, Evolving Architect, helps creative professionals to channel their passions for architecture and design into successful careers. “Video games foster the mind-set that allows creativity to grow.” — Nolan Bushnell As Architects, we often consider several creative pursuits, such as sketching, painting and sculpting, as ways to develop our creative processes and hone our craft. But, have you ever considered that playing video games could hold the same benefits? Probably not, but here are 10 reasons why you should start to. “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations”; via Ubisoft 1. Improve your hand-eye coordination When you’re playing console video games (PlayStation® 4, Xbox One), you’ll almost always be using a standard controller, held with two hands. The game will show you prompts on the TV screen, and you will have to interact with this controller in order to complete a task. This back and forth leads to heightened hand-to-eye coordination because you build a stronger relationship with your visual cues. In order to actually win some of the games you’ll play, your reaction time needs to be close to nothing, your fingers moving extremely quickly as ...
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