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(August 03, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Gaming gets a bad rap at times. Supposedly sitting at the computer or on the couch playing games of wit and strategy means weíre going to be fat, unhealthy and lazy. While this may be true for some, for the gamers in my life, almost the opposite is true. But if your parents complain about the time you spend playing games, you can respond quite diplomatically with some truths about the gaming world.

Strategic Play Stimulates the Brain

When youíre playing something with strategy, your brain is truly reaping the rewards. Just like solving a mystery in a novel, your brain is puzzling away at the twists and turns of your character as your choose the right bride or try to defeat the alliance single-handedly.

If your parents are threatening to ban the Xbox, encourage them to try out some of the more academic games in your mix. Skip the killing machines, but let them experience the kinds of games where you must memorize maps, learn directions and take on quests. Riddles, plans and forming out plans of attack all use parts of the brain that your parent might actually think are lying dormant.

Rapid Play Builds Coordination

Take on one of the Wii sports games and your parents canít say much about your lack of physical activity or the wasted time in front of the television. Even with a traditional remote, playing something rapidly on screen will help build your hand-eye coordination. Finite movements and tiny adjustments on the screen using remote devices are actually the same techniques heart and brain surgeons are now using, although they work slowly of course.

Catching and throwing items onscreen or flipping and fitting puzzle pieces together helps to build coordination and endurance. Tuning down your gross motor skills into the fine motor skills you need to master most of these games is a physical training of a whole new kind.

Active Games Keep You Active

Not surprisingly, if you like to play active games such as the Wii sports games, Dance, Dance Revolution or any of the other myriad of games that make you get up and go, youíre obviously not sitting around anymore. In fact, just five minute of intense electronic dancing is enough to work up a healthy sweat for most people. If Mom and Dad are criticizing your lack of activity, load up the PS3 and let them experience just how lazy you really are with a few rounds of combative dance steps.

Educational Games Can Really Help You Learn

Of course, what is defined as educational can vary, but some games can help you learn things without you actually realizing whatís happening. For example, if you play a game based on famous artwork or set in a historical environment, youíll learn about those things simply by having a character in that arena. Some game companies are even coming out with trivia and other quiz and learn style programs designed to bring us up to speed on all kinds of topics. Pretty soon your parents might be asking to join you at the controls for a bit of stimulating fun.

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Posted On: April 25, 2009
I love playing games to challenge my mind its so much fun.
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Hong Kong S.A.R.
Posted On: August 15, 2008
I might think about showing this too my parents...but they probably won't believe me. My computer and gaming time is all limited. They say I will get addicted. But I already am...I dont no why getting adicted too computer and gaming is such a bad thing anyways!
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Posted On: August 12, 2008
I've always liked video games since I can remember, and my parents hate me playing hours straight. But if I show them this, maybe they will change their minds.

Games like The Legend of Zelda are really good with puzzles, and they always have. But I've beaten Orcarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Twilight princess. I'm exited to see what nintendo comes up with next for the series!
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United Kingdom
Posted On: August 8, 2008
I love my Nintendo DS but I don't sit around with it. I'm not such an addict but I an IN love with my computer. I m on 24/7. And there's nothing anyone can do about it.


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Grangerland, TX
Posted On: August 7, 2008
*Hugs article* I must show this to my family! Except they might just say 'don't believe everything you see online'. They jsut don't understand the wonderful...ness of gaming! Except my brother, he understands.

Never_More, could you give me the name of that? I really am trying to learn a second language but the stuff I use lack of a better word, really annoying. Especially since the only computer I have is a laptop that is very fragile. Please and thank you!

Awesome article by the way!
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Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 7, 2008
I have a French Coach game for my DS. My French teacher last year found out about it, tried it out, and now recommends it for all her students! It's fun, too, because it's not just the words. There's games you get to play, crosswords too! And with the built in microphone on any DS, you can say it, and then compare it to the correct pronunciation! It's very helpful. It also comes in Spanish and English.
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Hialeah, FL
Posted On: August 7, 2008
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