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Daily Mail writes positive video games story; Porcine aviation a reality?

Paper runs survey on bonding families. Straight-up.

UK newspaper The Daily Mail comes with something of an anti-games reputation on these pages - most recently for spinning up the findings of Simon 'Hero' Goodson for its own ends.

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That's not forgetting its attempt to scaremonger over the Tube-based sections of Modern Warfare 3, when it erroneously reported that the scenes contained a "bomb-style attack".

But today the publication has gone some way to making up for its crimes. You probably want to inhale rather deeply here: The Daily Mail has run a straight-up, nay glowing, story on the positive effects of video games.

"Playing video games together considered 'quality time' for children to bond with older generations," it reports this morning, referencing a new study from Goldsmiths University and PopCap which polled around 3,250 parents and grandparents.

According to The Mail "a third of parents play computer and video games with their children in a daily basis - with 80 per cent of those questioned considering it to be 'quality time' and a further one in three saying that it has strengthened the bond between them and their children".

Okay, so it's not exactly condoning the findings, but its not exactly snarky either - and, perhaps even more astonishingly, not a single member of a 'things ain't what they used to be' pressure group gets a look in.

The Mail adds: "And despite concerns that computer-game playing youngsters shun the great outdoors, three-quarters of parents said their children also exercised regularly and ate healthily. A further third revealed that taking part in computer games had helped their childrens' concentration skills."

"These findings are important because they highlight the social benefits of playing video games," said Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Reader in Psychology at Goldsmiths.

"Previous research has tended to look only at the individual effects of video games, but in the era of social networking games appear to play a vital role in enhancing social relationships.

"The fact that both parents and grandparents are using games to connect with their children and grandchildren, and quite successfully, suggests that video games can improve social skills and make a key contribution to both effective parenting and child development."

Thanks, GamingRumours on Twitter

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