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Video Games Aren't a Waste of Time

Brandeis agrees with studies suggesting gamers are social, strategic thinkers, and is using a "serious game" to teach business and tech skills

This holiday season, parents who bought Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3, Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii, Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360, or the latest online game need not feel guilty. It turns out young people—and adults—aren't always just wasting time when they're playing video games.

Whether they're tapping away on video game controllers or the keys of their computers in popular online games, today's game players are acquiring skills that companies increasingly value as the gaming generation enters the workforce.