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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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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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!
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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 :)

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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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gianggiang 13 November, 2015 - 10:14

Hi, NatsuTa
Thank for reading my comment and spent time appreciate it !
Yes, I agree with you that I get addicted to other stuff such as reading and studying, but nobody in the world complains about this because it is utterly good !
However, Video games- it is not completely good ! They are good for you but they are bad for my younger brother. It's a bit harsh when you've said that I control my brother. Not at all :'( I have responsibilities to guide him the right way, I never let everything affect to his studying. I admit sometimes not being calm when teaching him. Anyway, I don't allow my brother to play video games. There are two choices : Stop playing or Failing exams.
As I've said in the comments above, I have no ideas when you are fond of playing video games. It's great when you can divide time between real and unreal life suitably.However, my opinion about something which has two opposite points is : " Good + Bad = Bad"

Best wishes- Giang

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myname 13 October, 2018 - 16:50

Hi giang,
I think it is not good if you spend much time studying and reading. It is not good for your eyes
Are you Vietnamese??

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Djolox 26 December, 2015 - 09:23

Hey, don't completely take away games from your brother. You will eventually make him even angrier at you. Let him play like, 1 hour a day, when he finished all of his studying and homework. He will probably feel less stressed then. I can divide my life in real and unreal, but I get many others can't.

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NatsuYAishere 10 November, 2015 - 04:40

Dont judge something youve never tried. SOMETHING that is GOOD or BAD HAS TO have somethintg BAD or GOOD with it. GOOD comes with BAD while BAD comes with GOOD.You can get addicted to anything and get the same effect. the video game is not causing it its because he really likes to play that game. If you really liked something like puzzles or reading and are addicted to reading or puzzles and you stay up all night get the same effects there isn't much of a difference. It's NOT like you can ONLY get ADDICTED to video games. and you don't control aother peopls lives even family if they made there OWN bad decision its there fault and they get what they served. but of course you need to guide peopl on the right path sometimes but its even better if they straighten up themselves. and VIDEO GAMES had saved LIVES that coulnt of been saved otherwise.

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Elsa007 12 November, 2015 - 16:52

Hello NatsuYAishere!
Well, I agree with your view that there are two faces of the same coin; it's not fair to see video game as a black hat; and we can't control someone's live and their bad decisions.
But I'm a bit puzzled by the reason why you can justify the addiction to video game because video games saves you that couldn't have been saved otherwise? I mean, that sounds a bit like an evasive maneuver. Is that what you meant??
Nine tenth, you're right, we can't control everything and everyone even if one says or writes or acts utterly incoherent things. Simply imagine if someone whom I care about became addicted to something BAD, I would get worried about it. There are lots in the world to make the most of it and staying in one's shell all the time seems to be nonsense, aside from having some mental troubles…
As you said, things have ups and downs, I wish I could support each other with my BF through good times and bad!☆

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cat05 6 October, 2015 - 15:26

My favorite kind of computer games is brain games especially escape games.I don't they are bad,I just think they are scary.

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Elsa007 17 August, 2015 - 04:47

I've heard from a teacher that video games are not always so harmful as the majority of adults think, but the point is the time matters. As is obvious, it can make a difference in school records between a user who spends much more time on video games and the one on reading and other practices.
Me?.. I'm a Galapagos…! ツ

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Equinox42 12 August, 2015 - 02:10

:D Video games are the best. It makes me smart, literate and prepared for anything. My top ten games are:
1. Skyrim TESV 2. Journey 3. NFSMW 4. The Sims 3 5. Spore 6. Lucius 7. Minecraft 8. Feralheart 9. Portal2 10. Uncharted 1,2,3

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