This one deserves to be shouted from the rooftops:
Far from turning teenagers into anti-social loners, video games help them engage with friends and community, says a report.
The Pew Internet study of US teenagers found that few play alone and most join up with friends when gaming.
It found that many used educational games to learn about world issues and to begin to engage with politics.
The report also found that gaming had become an almost universal pastime among young Americans.
Well, I and the people I know have usually played in groups instead of cooped up in our respective basements, alone and unloved. But there you go. Nice to see the research catching up with reality. Read the original article, or go read the report itself.
It goes on to give some illuminating statistics:
The study found that 52% of the teenagers played games that involved thinking about moral and ethical issues, 43% played games in which they made decisions about how a community, city or nation should be run, and 40% played games where they learned about a social issue.
No way! Games can, like, teach you stuff? Really?