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Damsel in distress or sexy sidekick? The representation of women in video games has changed

The representation of women in video games has been under debate, and this may have caused more nuanced female characters.

Computer game addiction is now a diagnosis

OPINION: Who’s decision to classify game addiction as a mental disorder could negatively impact the most vulnerable in society.

Gaming doesn’t prevent Swedish teens from having friends

Young Swedish gamers seem to do just fine with friendships, researchers have found.

Why seniors should try gaming

Game technology can prevent seniors from falling and improve their balance, strength and coordination. But the games must be designed completely differently than those for young people, a new study shows.

Videogame addiction linked to ADHD

Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder.

Gamers gain points in English

It might seem like a lot of bang-bang nonsense to parents, but Swedish and Norwegian teens drawn to action and role-play computer games have been found to progress in English.

Female gamers risk weight gains

Young women who play computer games an hour or more per day have a higher chance of getting fat than ones who don’t. The Swedish study oddly found no comparable results among male gamers.

Online computer games force women into the closet

Women conceal their gender in order to avoid harassment in the gaming community and in the outside world.

Gaming leads to better English

Youngsters who spend much time on certain computer games expand their English vocabularies.

Play a computer game and help solve big physics mystery

The human brain can recognise patterns and make irrational choices much better than any computer can. Now you can help researchers develop a quantum computer by playing an online game.

Crosswords, knitting and gardening lower the risk of Alzheimer's

Physical activity can prevent dementia in the elderly. But activities that stimulate the brain, such as reading, going to concerts or weeding the garden, also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease regardless of how much physical activity the person does, a Swedish study says.