In Defence of Gaming

Jeff the Trojan

If video games make children violent, where is all this violence? I’ve never met anyone who was scared of a gamer, or heard of drinkers slipping out of the pub because a bunch of gamers walked in.

– Mark Dapin, from Violent video games: fun hobby or mass murder training tool?

There are indications that playing computer games and even watching TV might make kids smarter. According to Cornell University psychology professor Ulric Neisser, there has been a well-documented rise in children’s IQ scores over the past few decades, most markedly in the areas of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. In a January 2001 interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail, Neisser said that many researchers attribute this rise to an increase in kids’ “visual literacy” fostered by their familiarity with TV and computers.

– from Honey, We Lost The Kids: rethinking childhood in the multimedia age by Kathleen McDonnell

Related Links:

1. Gamers Today Are More Social Than You’d Think

2. Why Games Are Effective Educational Tools

3. The Games Programmers Play

4. How to Use Games to Excel at Life and Work from Aaron Dignan

5. The Benefits Of Video Games from Technology Review

6. Technology Is A Game-Changer In The Lives Of Today’s Boys from The Columbian

7. No Limits To Computer Play, Says Psychologist Peter Gray from Wired.

8. Is Angry Birds Keeping Your Brain Healthy [STUDY] from Mashable

9. Gamers Outdo Computers At Matching Up Disease Genes, from Nature. Wouldn’t it be good if hours of enjoyment could somehow be harnessed for the benefit of scientific advancement?

10. Are Games Better Than Life? A TED talk by David Perry

11. Are Games The Future Of Education? from Scientific American