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Are Video Games Really That Bad?

Horizon, 2014-2015 Episode 19 of 19

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.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 17 Oct 2015 01:10
BBC Two Scotland

Credits

Role Contributor
ProducerGraham Russell
DirectorGraham Russell
Series EditorSteve Crabtree

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