Experts from around the world continue to argue amongst one another about whether or not video games are actually good or bad for the kids that play them

There are a lot of critics that claim that video games are detrimental to the mental health of adolescents that play "excessive" amounts of console or PC games.  Recent research is trying to prove the theory wrong.  A study to be published in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology claims games can actually be beneficial to the gamers.  Researchers from York University studied 100 undergraduate university students and found that playing video games may help protect their brains from aging, among other things.  Students were also better at multi-tasking and were able to outperform other non-gaming students in a battery of mental tests.  From the study:

The people who were video game players were better and faster performers.  Those who were bilingual and video game addicts scored best -- particularly at the most difficult tasks.

Regardless of whether or not video games help your brains from aging, you're still never going to get those 43 days worth of playtime back from World of Warcraft. 

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