Can playing games be good for you? A number of scientific studies suggest that board games like chess may positively influence the development of critical thinking, memory, and reasoning skills in young children. Could video games have a similarly beneficial effect on developing minds? We dug up some interesting research suggesting that there may be more to playing games than meets the eye--but don't use these intriguing scientific studies as an excuse to slack off and play games all day.
This isn't the first time we've encountered gaming-positive news in an unexpected setting, by the way. A few years ago we reported that some companies were answering yes to the question "Does Gaming at Work Improve Productivity?" And just a month ago, we urged you, "Tell Your Boss: Play Video Games, Work Smarter."