Did you know that playing video games is actually good for your mental health. Recently I went to a mental health conference and there was a whole discussion about how there needs to be a change in the mental health field around video games. They aren't triggers for things traumatic. They're generally releases for traumatic events. They help people to deal with things that have happened to them. Definitely made me feel better.
I think that idea makes a lot of sense! In video games, you get a chance to experience a different environment or live another life where you're in control of what you experience. I think that there's definitely a way for video games to be therapeutic for people. Of course, I guess some games could be triggering for some people depending on what kind of life circumstances they've had. I play a lot of visual novels and those tend to come with content warnings in case someone is sensitive to a certain topic. While I've never had any issues with specific topics, I think the idea of having a content warning is helpful for people so they can decide if they're OK with seeing/reading something or not.
There is this that they call hand-to-eye coordination in which in terms of gaming, the way use our hands to simultaneously interact with what we see. As a competitive gamer in fps games, this is a huge health benefit as it always keeps my mind in locomotion and it improves our awareness and mental cognition.