…..A new study has found that it’s good for you!

Our little sibs over in East Lansing conducted a study of nearly 500 12-year olds where they found that video games, both violent and nonviolent, caused these kids to be more creative in tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories. Creativity was gauged using the Torrance Test of Creativity-Figural.

This is the point where you’re supposed to hoop&hollar out of sheer excitement “Yay I don’t have to be worried that playing video games is a waste of time!”

Now, what do you think is the cause of that? My initial thinking is that it is due to the relatively open-ended problem solving opportunities that video games provide. That, and the fact that video games rarely frame a problem solving scenario as such, get kids excited about completing a task.

Linda Jackson, the lead researcher on the project, said that “a new generation of video games will blur the distinction between education and entertainment.” Are there games out there today that you believe blur this distinction?