Posted by: Gregory Linton | 02/22/2012

Tom Chivers of THE TELEGRAPH promotes positive effects of video games

Tom Chivers, “Are video games carnivals of savagery, or works of art?”

In this blog post in the “Science” category on the website of The Telegraph, Tom Chivers responds to criticisms of video games by highlighting their positive effects. First, he argues that video games are more of a social event these days rather than the isolated activity of a lonely boy in a darkened bedroom. Second, they can promote creativity and moral reasoning. Third, studies show a link between playing games and better cognitive function (although he does not cite any of these). Fourth, cooperative games increase understanding toward others. These are arguments worth considering, but we still need more research into the effects of video games on learning and motivation. The problem is, Who would subject their children to such research?

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