The mutualism of video games and dentistry: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start

video gamesIn 1994, I arrived home one day to my father setting up a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). I stood motionless, elated. He switched on the power and the Super Mario World splash screen appeared on our 12-inch MAGNAVOX CRT. An empty backdrop yielded pixelated white letters, “Nintendo presents.” Koji Kondo’s Mario theme began to loop as the mustached protagonist jumped across the screen.

I’ve personally noticed, a disproportionate amount of dental students feel the same way. It caused me to wonder about a connection between video games and people who will rely on psychomotor skills throughout their careers. Is the connection real?  Read on to find out!