Many people would say that video games were a large part of their childhood; some would even say they teach you life skills. Young players can learn to read, to solve problems, and to take failure as a learning experience rather than a punishment. One graduate student from University of Tokyo went as far as to say that if it weren’t for video games, he wouldn’t have the skills to have been accepted into the prestigious school. In particular, he cited Pokémon as the source of his academic success.

“Because of playing this game, I developed my logical thinking skills and, perhaps, that was beneficial for even getting into this university,” he explained on a broadcast of Viking!.

Have you noticed similar benefits to gaming in your own life, or has gaming done more harm than good for you on an intellectual scale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Viking! (via Kotaku)

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Kendra Robinson
My first introduction to video games was through my parents, both were avid fans of JRPGs. When I was a toddler, I'd watch my father play Final Fantasy VII on our PlayStation for hours and hours. I was enamored by all the sights and the music that the game had to offer. Shortly thereafter, I got the first video game I could call my very own: Pokémon Blue Version. It was through Blue-- with the help of my older siblings, who each had a copy of Red Version-- that I started to learn how to read... as well as come to learn just how much I'd love video games. Since then, games have become a very large staple in my life. I began to learn Japanese so that someday I could play games that weren't available in North America. I started playing piano and clarinet in sixth grade so that I could learn to play the video game music that I'd come to love so much--with particular fondness towards Koji Kondo's work in the Zelda franchise. Now I'm a college student with an instrument repertoire made up of 16 different instruments, and I sometimes write my own compositions in my spare time. Outside of Koji Kondo-san, my musical influences (in no particular order of preference) are composers Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura, Hiroyuki Sawano, Keiichi Okabe, Motoi Sakuraba, and Hideyuki Fukusawa. Based in the Greater Vancouver area of Canada, I plan to do my best to bring the latest news in the video game world so that people like me can be brought together by a common interest-- or rather, passion. Hope to see you around!

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