You know all those people that told you that video games are bad for you? They were wrong. Read this to find out more.

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Video games are good for you!

For years video games have been criticised for making people more antisocial, overweight or depressed. But now researchers are finding that games can actually change us for the better and improve both our body and mind.

Games can help to develop physical skills. Pre-school children who played interactive games such as the ones available on Wii have been shown to have improved motor skills, for example they can kick, catch and throw a ball better than children who don’t play video games. A study of surgeons who do microsurgery in Boston found that those who played video games were 27 per cent faster and made 37 per cent fewer errors than those who didn't. Vision is also improved, particularly telling the difference between shades of grey. This is useful for driving at night, piloting a plane or reading X-rays.

Games also benefit a variety of brain functions, including decision-making. People who play action-based games make decisions 25 per cent faster than others and are no less accurate, according to one study. It was also found that the best gamers can make choices and act on them up to six times a second, four times faster than most people. In another study by researchers from the University of Rochester in New York, experienced gamers were shown to be able to pay attention to more than six things at once without getting confused, compared with the four that most people can normally keep in mind. Additionally, video games can also reduce gender differences. Scientists have found that women who play games are better able to mentally manipulate 3D objects.

There is also evidence that gaming can help with psychological problems. At the University of Auckland in New Zealand, researchers asked 94 young people diagnosed with depression to play a 3D fantasy game called SPARX and in many cases, the game reduced symptoms of depression more than conventional treatment. Another research team at Oxford University found that playing Tetris shortly after exposure to something very upsetting – in the experiment, a film of traumatic scenes of injury and death was used – can actually prevent people having disturbing flashbacks.

The effects are not always so positive, however. Indiana University researchers carried out brain scans on young men and found evidence that violent games can alter brain function after as little as a week of play, affecting regions in the brain associated with emotional control and causing more aggressive behaviour in the player. But Daphne Bavelier, one of the most experienced researchers in the field, says that the violent action games that often worry parents most may actually have the strongest beneficial effect on the brain. In the future, we may see many treatments for physical and neurological problems which incorporate the playing of video games.

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What kind of computer games do you like? Do you think they are good for you? Why or why not?

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dantex103 31 August, 2018 - 00:30

undertale is my favorite game, because it takes my out of my problems, and the music, it makes me take a irreplaceable smile, and the history, it ALWAYS makes me regret for doing the genocide run :v

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CherryBlossomEnglish 28 February, 2018 - 16:39

I play Dream House Days and The Ramen Sensei (by Kairosoft). They are very addictive. By the way, I played many games, such as: Minecraft, Clash Royale, Rolling Sky...and maaaaaanyyy more. I prefer strategy games more than action games.

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MyStudyCoachJonas 24 October, 2017 - 00:16

I think that games are good for some people.
Children can't play all games all the time.
I bought my first console at 10 years.

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QueenPinkBluebel 3 August, 2017 - 14:03

I like playing online games because there are more competition when there are many people. I also like playing Wii games because they are really original. I think that video games can be funny and can develop several skills such as the attention and the reflex, but they can also be very dangerous for the health and can affect the eyesight but only if you stay for hours in front of a screen, especially if it's a small one.

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Vicking 11 May, 2017 - 11:23

I play so much games. every day i play games.
On our holiday with my family we were going to ride a quad. I DID IT PERFECTLY!!1!!!!!11!! So i sad that's because i play racing games every day.

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justinrhodes 26 April, 2017 - 13:35

Hi everyone, I love to play video games with my friends and my favorite is battlefield 1. Next week is my friend's birthday and we are planning to gift him a good game. If you have any suggestions please tell me.

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ToropyginMaxim 14 November, 2016 - 15:12

I always didn't have enough time for games. I thought that it only can do harm to the brain. But now I know that it can help me in several ways. Now I can play games and get satisfaction without been captured by anxious thoughts.

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nicolwht 24 September, 2016 - 14:56

Nice news. I play online games - perhaps they're not so exciting as PC games, but they're also interesting

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Rami34 5 May, 2016 - 01:25

I love videogames where you can cutomize your main character and you take different paths in the videogame depending on your decisions, those videogames are the most realistic.

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SC902_ 17 July, 2017 - 16:26

Or Left 4 Dead, Half Life, Team Fortress 2- oh wait, Team Fortress 2 is not that mature

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Elsa007 4 July, 2016 - 08:48

Hi One double five four two one!
What is GTA V? I have no idea.......
Good Telly And Video??

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CherryBlossomEnglish 28 February, 2018 - 16:34

Hi Elsa, GTA is a video game which is very popular among many boys. In this game you can manipulate your character, which comes differently in all parts. There are five parts. You play it with Xbox. You can live your own version of world in this game. However, you can't change the world, for example: texture, colour, architecture... You can be a robber, an average man or a boy (in GTA 5 you can be a boy who escaped from home.) So, I have explained the whole game.

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Jonathan - Coor... 14 January, 2016 - 04:37

Hi Naturax. I don't play games much apart from some casual mobile phone games.
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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ceren123 3 January, 2016 - 18:55

I like all games. Especilly I like racing cars.
I think they are good for me. Because when I play I forget all my troubles

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Ken 5 January, 2016 - 13:15

Hi ceren123,
Oh, you play the game to forget your troubles??
Well, I feel in the same way when I swim in the pool.
BTW, I'll give you a helping hand if you have any troubles….
I'd like to hear about it, if I can be of any service!
╭( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑

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Djolox 26 December, 2015 - 09:08

I learned a lot about space, science and orbital mechanics with an awesome game called Kerbal Space Program. It is based around launching little green men into space. The game is very creative, too because it lets you to build build the rockets on your own In an in-game editor. Example rockets do exist, but the player is encouraged to build their own. The game has very realistic physics and it is open-world, with a whole solar system to explore!

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PloKoon12 21 October, 2015 - 19:02

I'm into different kind's of games, strategies, action etc. Right now I'm playing "The wolf among us" by Telltale Games. This game is about making fast decisions, that will have influence on future. So, my attitude to gaming is really good. I'm sure that they have great effect on me. But, on the other hand, there is a spell, in my language: "Що занадто - то нездраво", wich means that when you do something way to much, it's bad in all ways.
If someone is interested, I'm seeking to have a chat friend, so we both could improve English skills in live conversation.

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TrueGleek 16 December, 2015 - 03:46

Crazy Hahaha Im currently writing an essay on why video games are good and in my essay im writing about the walking dead a telltale's game

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Jonathan - Coor... 22 October, 2015 - 05:55

Hi PloKoon12. Thanks for your nice comment and explanation. I'm afraid though it's not allowed to search for a live chat partner on here. One of our house rules is:

  • Do not share your email address, phone number, home address, school name, messenger ID or passwords with anyone.

This is because we need to make sure that all our users stay 100% safe, and it could be dangerous to talk to strangers on the internet. But one thing you can do is keep on writing and replying to comments on here. There are many friendly users to talk to here. Best wishes :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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gianggiang 21 October, 2015 - 15:36

I play no computer games, but if you consider that "Typing Master Pro" is a computer game, I admit playing it four or five years ago. In my opinion, they are really bad for us. Evidence? Of course I have. My younger brother is addicted to computer games. He spends so much time playing them that he even doesn't care about having dinner or helping my mother with housework. Consequently, he often feels drowsy,tired and gets angry easily. Yesterday, I gave my younger brother a test to check his level, No surprise, the result was so bad. I had to shout and threaten to break the computer immediately.
Well, benefits we have when playing computer games? I don't see...Anyway, I am not interested in them and my brother's bad situation always reminds me " Video games are not good, not good"
However, I have no idea if you like playing them and find out lots of benefits

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Djolox 26 December, 2015 - 09:19

Well, I'm sorry for your brother. But, video games are not always bad. It depends on the type of the video game you play. If your brother is playing shooter games, like Call Of Duty, or Battlefield, he can get very aggressive because of semi-traumatizing experience in those games. I will take myself as an example: I play constructive games, which require thinking and which are mildly, or not violent at all. I can call myself a very active gamer, but I still have time to go out with my friends. Is your brother depressed? When I was depressed, I was spending almost all of my time playing computer games, just trying to escape the cruel and painful reality (Check my post in "Have you ever been bullied").

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NatsuYAishere 10 November, 2015 - 04:42

IF you agree with me that you can get addicted to other stuff than video games. Tell us in the comments. Thank you for the time of reading this

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