The Entertainment Software Association estimated in 2018 that over 166 million adults in the United States play video games. The popularity of gaming is so vast that eSports, competitive, organized video gaming, reached $906 million in revenue worldwide in 2018, according to a global market report by Newzoo.
In 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!