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China's Video-Game Crackdown Gives America an Edge

Gaming can have many positive effects on children’s development and beyond, making the Asian country's decision to restrict playing time self-defeating.

In defense of video games.

In defense of video games.

Photographer: picture alliance

China is not a fan of video games. Earlier this week, a government agency announced new rules that would restrict the time that minors’ can play online games to about three hours a week — down drastically from a prior limit of roughly 10 hours. Beijing has said the constraints were imposed to protect its youth from becoming addicted to gaming and getting distracted from their studies. But are games really so dangerous to young minds?

I don’t think so.