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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Gaming Report Card

· Video games aren't all bad.

That might be a conclusion that you and your friends would reach, but you might be surprised that it's also the conclusion of the National Institute on Media and the Family, which this week released its annual report card on video games.

The report found that 92 percent of kids ages 2 to 17 play video games regularly. But it also found that most kids do their homework, get plenty of sleep, play sports and keep up with their family responsibilities.

The key to avoiding video-game addiction is making sure that kids and parents communicate about gaming, the report said. It called for parents to know what and how much their kids are playing. Too much gaming or too much video-game violence can lead to problems in school, the study found.

Playing video games also can be a family affair. Some of the best kid-friendly games out now, according to the group, include:

· Animal Crossing: City Folk for Wii. Life in a virtual town.

· Hasbro Family Game Night for Wii and PlayStation 2. Updated versions of Connect Four, Battleship and Yahtzee.

· Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy for PC. Help Nancy solve a mystery in Ireland.

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