Video game firm Skillprint has released the result of an extensive study in its latest report, Games Can Be Good For the Mind: An Empirical Report by Skillprint. The study focuses on why people play games and how gaming helps mental health. Skillprint specialises in creating games that adapt to player personalities, mindsets and cognitive skills. The company surveyed more than 500 players of 28 games as part of the study.
The report shows that some games can positively impact the player’s mood and mental well-being. Additionally, it offers helpful insights for mental health professionals, developers and gamers. Study findings indicate that game developers should consider what motivates players to choose their games. The study suggests that devs incorporate elements that appeal to various personality traits. Likewise, Skillprint encourages players to be mindful of the emotional impact they seek when playing games. The company suggests they use this knowledge to choose gaming genres.
Analysing player personalities
As part of Skillprint’s study, each participant’s gaming habits, favourite genres and motivations and frequency of game sessions were recorded. Likewise, participant personality traits, including Openness, Extraversion, Conscientiousness and Emotionality were assessed.
Through the study, the company found that games can positively affect mental health. Specifically, games have the most positive impact on focus, determination and creativity. The study also found that a player’s personality greatly influences how games affect them. In addition, the study notes that different game genres provide different positive effects. For example, puzzle games boost creativity, while timed games positively impact focus.
Skillprint CEO Chethan Ramachandran said, “As gaming has become an integral part of our lives, our research reaffirms that games are more than just an escape; they’re a valuable tool for nurturing the mind and uplifting the spirit.
“Our report underscores the cognitive and psychological benefits of gaming, emphasising the influence of personality and motivations. Skillprint is committed to personalised gaming for broader well-being.
“We’ve also launched the beta of our AdaptivePlay AI platform, providing game developers with real-time and automated ways to enhance the player’s experience. We’re dedicated to empowering players and developers and invite all stakeholders to join us in shaping the future of gaming for the better.”