A report published the European Union supports the principle that video games are generally good for children's development, allowing them to learn essential life skills.
The document produced by Dutch liberal MP Toine Manders says that "Video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society"
The report suggests that schools should explore the possibility of adopting gaming as an educational concept for the benefit of the children.
Parents should also be familiarised with games as well, with a suggestion to implement a "red button" feature to disable a machine or a game, probably through the existing PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) age ratings system.
Manders also added that not all video games are dangerous; and although there are clear examples where this doesn't apply (DOOM 3 for example), there's no doubt that video games are not as bad as some lead us to believe.
The conclusion of the document will be scrutinised carefully by various players of the industry which was worth 7 billion Euros across Europe last year. It reached £4 billion in UK alone when hardware and software were accounted for.
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One of the precious pieces of data in the report relates to the average age of the European gamer that stands at 33. Which in a sense makes sens. The NES is 23 this year and many of the great gaming systems have been played for more than one decade now. Nintendo, more than anyone else, has been working hard to make games for the whole family.