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Are Video Games Really That Bad?

Episode 19 of 19

Horizon explores the differing opinions on video games. They frequently stand accused of causing violence and addiction in young people - but is there truth in the claim?

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand accused of corrupting the young - of causing violence and addiction. But is this true?

Horizon reveals a scientific community deeply divided. Some are convinced that video games incite aggression. Others insist they have no effect whatsoever on real-world violence. But away from the controversy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests video games may help keep the brain sharp, and could soon revolutionise how we combat mental decline as we age.

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Sat 17 Oct 2015 01:10

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Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Graham Russell
Director Graham Russell
Series Editor Steve Crabtree

Broadcasts

  • Wed 16 Sep 2015 20:00
  • Thu 17 Sep 2015 23:15
  • Thu 17 Sep 2015 23:45
  • Fri 18 Sep 2015 00:15
  • Fri 16 Oct 2015 00:45
  • Sat 17 Oct 2015 01:10

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