Video games are good for you

No, they are. Honest. And here’s why.

Do you know what I didn't do this morning? I didn't run down the street, throw an old woman out of her car, take it for a joy ride then smash in windows with a baseball bat.

And yet, I've played Grand Theft Auto V.

Am I a miracle of modern science? Should I be tested in a lab, drained of bodily fluids to create an antidote to distribute to the masses? Of course not. The stigma associated with video games really is... well, it's just bloody annoying.

Just because people slay zombies, shoot bad guys, punch monsters and drive irresponsibly in the virtual world, doesn't mean it's going to turn us into real world hooligans.

In fact, I'm going to be bold and say that I think video games are good for us.

Yeah, you heard.

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Science, yo I'm going to start of with some science if that's OK.

Last year, a group of German researches published results of an experiment in which 23 adults with an average age of 25 played Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day for two months, while another group didn't play any games at all.

Using an MRI machine, the gaming group were found to have a rise in grey matter in the right prefrontal cortex, cerebellum and hippocampus. These are the areas of the brain responsible for memory creation, fine motor skills and strategic planning.