Zap! Splat! Smarts?

Why video games may actually help your children learn

It was late October, and the lights had been dimmed in the Beckman conference center at the University of California at Irvine. The chief technology officer of Total Entertainment Network (TEN), which runs a popular game site on the Web, was demonstrating how a group of players in cyberspace could match wits in an animated shoot-'em-up called Quake.

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