Playing traditional video games burns 85 calories per hour. More calories can be burned when playing interactive game consoles. Playing interactive games can burn about 207 calories per hour, which is more than twice the amount of calories burned when playing traditional games.
Studies on the popsugar.com website show that while playing action games, the user's heart rate becomes higher and more energy is used. If the brain is working more, it tends to burn more calories in the process. Other factors can also affect the rate of the calories that are being burned such as gender, age and current weight. Younger people tend to burn more calories than those who are older.