CBS News, reporting on a study from Oxford University, states that good indoor games for kids include playing video games. Kids who play at least one hour of video games a day are more social, happier and less hyperactive indoors than kids who don't.
The Oxford University study tested 5,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 15. The study noted that it didn't matter what video-game console kids were using because the findings were the same for the Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and computer-based games.
Another study from the University of Padua found that video games can help dyslexic children improve their reading. The Italian researchers also noted that fast-paced video games improve kids' reading levels. The study examined kids between the ages of 7 and 13. The children were split into two groups: one group played the up-tempo game “Rayman Raving Rabbids,” and the other group played slower-paced games. The results showed the kids who played the fast-paced game developed longer attention spans, an important trait for reading.
A study from the University of Rochester found that playing fast-paced action games, such as “Unreal Tournament 2004” or “Call of Duty,” saw a boost in players' contrast-sensitivity function. This is one of the first visual abilities to diminish as people age.