Sunday, June 04, 2006

Video gamers make better surgeons

A study was conducted by Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City in conjunction with the National Institute on Media and the Family found out that surgeons who play video games performed the "cobra rope" drill faster than surgeons who do not play video games.

The "cobra rope" drill is a training exercise teaching surgeons how to sew up an internal wound.

Friday, June 02, 2006

In Praise of Video Games

Brian C. Anderson has written an excellent article on positive aspects of video games.

He talks about the moral lessons in the majority of video games and compares them to the moral lessons in many books teenagers regularly read. He gives examples of how video games can teach kids budgeting and problem solving skills.

He also corrects many of the most frequently published misinformation about video games. He states that the ESRB ratings are very informative and that the most reliable studies on the impact of video game violence clearly state there is no link between playing violent video games and violent behavior in the "real world".