Ah, that old “violent video games make for violent kids” canard—between cable news who won’t quite bringing it up and gamers who won’t quite whining about it, it’ll never die. In the mean time, scientists have found that a better way to make a gamer violent isn’t to give them a violent video game—instead, give them one with terrible controls.
Everything in moderation; though video gaming has some downsides and can be addicting, there are some good aspects too, and said good aspects are measurable with a brain scan. A study published in Molecular Psychiatry found that video gaming can promote fine motor skills, memory formation, spatial navigation, and strategic planning. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute had a group
Did you spend and unhealthy amount of your adolescence slaying orcs in Azeroth? Us too, and even though it’s left us fat and doughy, we’re pretty good at speaking English. According to a study published in ReCall, youths who spent time on video games received a boost to their English vocabulary. 76 young people, ages 10-11, logged a bunch of
We love video games as much as the next guy—or maybe more than the next guy—but if there’s one thing they won’t do, it’s reduce stress. Neither do movies, TV, or other media. According to a study published in the Journal of Communication, high stressed people who play video games or watch TV don’t have lower stress as a result,