The games I'm refering to today are the ones which hold action, adventure and puzzle elements: they require the player to think and react fast, remembering important information and storing them in the player's memory for a long time, make split-second decisions.
They help you improve:
- spatial attention
- ability to track moving objects in a field of distractors
- upon reducing impulsiveness
- upon overcoming dyslexia
- improve balance
- ability to multitask
- mental flexibility
Needless to say > video games reduce stress significantly!
It is possible that people who choose to play video games are those who already have superior perceptual and cognitive abilities, so that makes them more attracted to them in the first place... Nonetheless, video games help everyone improve upon these elements mentioned above, not just the already gifted. xD