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News "Games are good for children," says new report

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  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    Any game that tests your puzzle solving skills, or hand-eye co-ordination or observational skills is going to be useful for something. I would be leery about saying that games could aid social development (get out there and talk to people - it's a lot better) but hey, it's good to see a report saying something other than "games are teh evil."
     
  3. yuusou

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    Definitely about time someone said something decent about games, tho this is the second report someone says something good. Remember that FPS games increase contrast visibility.
     
  4. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    I've been saying gaming does wonders for your hand-eye-coordination, reaction times, vision, observation skills and problem solving skills for ages!
     
  5. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Accidentally Funny

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    I agree, my 3yr old is loving Portal!
     
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    SMIFFYDUDE Supermodders on my D

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    Playing online games has improved my typing skills. I can now type "noob", "FFS", and "cheater" without looking at the keyboard.
     
  7. CSMR

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    "Games are good for children" != "computer games can be... good for children"
     
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    zimbloggy Genius Extraordinaire

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    Any article is great that can use that picture.
     
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    sim city teaches quite a lot about human geography as well as money management. i always liked building strategy games as a kid.
     
  10. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Sim City was a great way to build patience..
     
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    The effect of most games on cognitive abilities, and things like hand-eye co-ordination etc can not be denied. But the actual act of sitting at a computer is usual quite detrimental to people. Things like upper cross syndrome become far more common, as does laziness, obesity etc.

    The key is getting the balance correct. Regular exercise as well as video games (mainly things like FPS for hand-eye co-ordination, deductive reasoning and logical puzzles for mental growth etc) is a great way to improve the abilities of young people, in both the physical and mental regards.
     
  12. Yemerich

    Yemerich I can has PERSUADETRON?

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    Manhunt. Very educational
     
  13. sub routine

    sub routine Archie Gemel

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    duh, kids like playing games some ground breaking research there.

    Make them a positive role in the class room attention spans will go through the roof. More groundbreaking commentry :£
     
  14. keen2learn

    keen2learn keen2learn

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    Educational games versus text books

    Can you imagine the dilemma for a teacher wishing to set homework. "I want you to read a text book; do a homework exercise or complete a video action game." As teaching resources go you can't beat educational games. We just need more of them that tie with lessons in class.

    keen2learn
     
  15. mi1ez

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    How about Crayon Physics? I checked out the demo on Steam and it seems fun. Not sure I'd pay £15 for it, but the demo was a laugh.
     
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