1. Absolutely it is. I blame my weight gain and bad back lately on not having enough time for gaming.

    Seriously, though, (tip your waiters; I’ll be here ’til Thursday) of all the indoor recreational activities (other than, perhaps, sexy funtimes) I can think of, gaming has to be the most stimulating for the brain. And gaming while drinking beer? There’s nothing finer.

  2. The boy down the street in mid 80s — finally vindicated by science! In retrospect, I’m not sure why he thought mothers would be so convinced by the games-totally-help-stimulate-better-hand-eye-coordination argument. Plus, his mom had already bought him a Gameboy. Maybe he was trying to convince mine?

  3. This is actually a pretty good summary of current research, albeit lacking in citations.

    For the curious, here are some links to publication lists by some of the authors named in the WSJ piece (in case anyone wants to read the actual research):
    http://www.sfu.ca/psyc/faculty/blair/Dr._Blairs_Site/Publications.html
    http://vision.psych.umn.edu/users/csgreen/Publications/publications.html
    http://www.bcs.rochester.edu/people/daphne/publications.html

  4. Not exactly on topic with the article, but another way that games can be good for you is in the case of games that get you exercising, like Dance Dance Revolution or WiiFit. DDR did a great job of getting me hooked on an activity that actually had health benefits. So, that’s a pretty good accomplishment for a game.

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