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BusinessWeek: Video Games Aren't a Waste of Time

Posted Wed, Feb 20, 2008 by Aelryn

Shock of shocks!

BusinessWeek finally got to thinking that maybe games are okay after all.

Whether they're tapping away on video game controllers or the keys of their computers in popular online games, today's game players are acquiring skills that companies increasingly value as the gaming generation enters the workforce.

In fact, the skills needed to succeed in gaming can often help young people to be more sociable, develop strategic thinking, and become better leaders in life, according to the book The Kids are Alright: How the Gamer Generation Is Changing the Workplace. The authors, John Beck and Mitchell Wade, say games require use of various mental and social skills, often simultaneously. In a survey to find out whether the experience of gaming, and growing up surrounded by games, changes attitudes, expectations, and abilities related to business, "the answer is a resounding yes," they say.

Read more right here.

[Via BusinessWeek]

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