It’s been an interesting day on the “video games are good/bad for kids” front. In fact, there are three links to look at.

First, we have an article on Discover’s site about how gaming sharpens thinking, social skills, and perception.

Then, over at Game Politics, there’s one about a researcher who says that violent games can be good for kids.

And finally, the other side of the coin (and the one I consider most dangerous) is from the National Institute on Media and the Family, which just released their 2006 summit report.

I just skimmed over some of the report, but it seems to me these folks are not exactly “friends of gaming”. For instance, the only person on the panel from the games industry was the president of the ESRB.

In any case, they all make for interesting reading. Do check them out, and see what you think.

This is Your Brain on Video Games on Discover

Violent Games Can Be Goof For Kids on Game Politics

National Institute on Media and the Family 2006 Summit Report