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Parents seem satisfied. Lesli Baker, the mother of an 11-yearold Quest to Learn student, says her son struggled in other public schools, mostly because the child suffers from attention deficit disorder, a learning disability that makes the boy hyperactive, impulsive, and unable at times to concentrate. According to Baker, the games seem to hold his attention better than his teachers have. “It’s a great match for him,” Baker says. ”68 58 Other schools are also finding ways to incorporate video game play into their curricula.

It makes sense to tap into that enthusiasm. ”67 57 Encouraging Employees to Play Games Some high-tech firms encourage their employees to take time out from work to play games at their office computers. At JotSpot, a software company near San Francisco, company owner Joe Kraus says the games give his employees opportunities to relax from their high-pressure jobs. Most employees, he says, prefer adventure-oriented games. “People are pretty amazed when I tell them I take my entire engineering staff offline for 30 to 40 minutes to do this,” says Kraus.

53 Dark and Troubling Ideas Some mental health experts point out that even though video “The problem with World of games have been a part of American life since the 1970s—and Warcraft is the social and psychological impacts of game playing have been the degree it studied for many years—so-called video game addiction is still can impact and not regarded as a legitimate physical or mental illness. In concreate a socially withdrawn trast, they point out, drug and alcohol addictions are considfigure who may ered true illnesses with established treatment programs availbe connecting able to patients.

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