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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Saarim 7 August, 2015 - 12:57

I LOVE PLAYING THE GAME (GROWTOPIA) VERY LESS PEOPLE MUST HAVE HEARED BUT YOU CAN PLAY WITH ANY PLAYER FROM THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD AND YOU CAN CHAT WITH THEM TOO.

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Elsa007 11 July, 2015 - 09:45

Mine Craft is very popular among boys in my classroom! It seems really exciting and makes us feel a sense of accomplishment!

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AgentVillageFinger 26 June, 2015 - 05:04

I like playing games on X-box my favorite game is Call Of Duty-Ghosts.I think if I show this to my parents they will allow me to play.

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frsd96 21 June, 2015 - 09:13

i don like playin games.coz i don find them interesting.besides i don wanna waste my time or maybe i just can't choose good games.can u suggest me some?i wanna try

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Mickaly13X 10 July, 2015 - 15:13

"Waste time"? Wasting time is when you are doing something and you're not happy with it and want to do something alse. As long as you're having fun or improving on something, you're not wasting your time ;)

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senthil 15 June, 2015 - 06:05

i play ghost recon phanthoms.....it makes me to think and act in a short time........so that it makes me attentive

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Ryanism 23 April, 2015 - 02:18

I agree that the vedio games have a lot of merits like helping relive our stress, develop our brain and concentration. However, there is a big problem, addictiveness. No matter how the game has many merits, it could be very dangerous for people, especially for children because they are more lack of self-control compared to adults. So, it is more hard to get out of the addictiveness for them. As a result, We need institutional strategy and related education for people who like video game.

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sona 31 January, 2015 - 14:13

I love playing adventure games,puzzle games and football games like RF2012. I know that computer games have many negative effects,but i like to play for hours,even my eyes are so tired.

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barbarian3 27 January, 2015 - 15:33

i love CoC,too because it has got many types of warriors and i will not stop because iam high level.I think that it is very entertaining and makes me happy!!!

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oloman455 26 January, 2015 - 02:41

i like far cry 3 crisis 3 minecraft CoC dead space 3 watch dog Gta and online multiplayer games (violence gmaes are included)

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compitalia 3 December, 2014 - 14:08

I don't play computer games at all, because It starts to annoy me after some days of active playing.

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RY4NDY 20 November, 2014 - 10:14

My favorite game is roblox, because its creative and you can do whatever you want. i also play simulator games alot

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wreathywriter 18 November, 2014 - 04:54

I like MMORPG like Tanki Online etc. I particularly like Tanki because it is so much...fun and you have to use real-time strategies to get to the top of the leaderboard in a battle. I'm going to show this article to my parents....Perhaps they will allow me more time on Tanki after reading this...lolx

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Adrianna 7 November, 2014 - 10:47

I love stradegy games coz i think i can decide faster and also improve my talents or discover them.

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minecraftgamer 3 November, 2014 - 01:17

I like to play minecraft and pixel gun both are 3D games but in minecraft you must find thing to survive from zombies and other monsters and built houses and pixel gun is an armor game where you can buy guns and other things, they help me to manipulate 3D objects and I always play it in weekends and sometimes when I do not have homeworks.

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minecraftgamer 3 November, 2014 - 01:11

I think its not neccesarry what is my favourite game :-D........ minecraft is a survival game in 3D, It helps me to be concentrated and helps me to be able to mentally manipulate 3D objects, my mon always said that I can not play to much, Take that parents!

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Lif 25 September, 2014 - 20:23

I like to play all the Mario games and Papa Louie ones. You may say that these games are for the little ones, but they just remind me of my childhood and I still find them very funny and catchy. When I play them (and this happens like 4 times per month), I feel relaxed. I find it a good thing, because I am not in that category of freaks that play video games all day long.

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Synteck 3 September, 2014 - 05:40

I love the RPG, as they are including puzzles and quests, this is some particular that attract me when I'm playing, in others words you have some purpose in playing. I guess that video games RPG are good for you, but everything in excess is bad. In consequence if you play a lot, you will find problems in your social life, family or school. Just take your risk and enjoy them, this is some reason why they exist, if you abuse of them you only will find problems instead fun and diverse skills mentioned above.

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olybos 13 July, 2014 - 13:01

I love computer games and especially strategy games such as LOL.I think that these games can improve your skills.I believe these games are good for me because you can play with other people from all over the world and see if you are good.Also in these games you can play with your friends and have a lot of fun with them.

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AnaB 9 June, 2014 - 16:40

I don't have a lot of computer games, I only have The Sims, and some strategy games. I like those strategy games like Solitaire, Chess... I think they are good, at least I learned how to play chess. It's good because you think better and fester. :)

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Niluh 1 June, 2014 - 03:06

I love playing games such time management game, Dairy Dash, Hotel Dash are one of my favourite. Every time when i am bored i always start playing games in my computer or cellphone, however i often devote much time into it and i can't even control myself to stop playing for awhile even i have felt my eyes are so tired.

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