Could there be benefits to playing "Halo" for hours on end… besides getting really good at "Halo"?
Over the past few years, research has shown that video games can give you an edge at some real-world skills. Actual, useful skills, stuff that will come in handy at times other than when you happen to come across an energy sword.
"When I was at Beth Israel Hospital, I noticed that surgeons who played video games were better at laparoscopic surgery," says Dr. Paul Lynch, an Arizona doctor who's been studying the effects of video games on physiology for over 20 years. Laparoscopic surgery involves inserting a camera into the patient. "In that type of procedure, surgeons have their hands on instruments while looking at a screen. It's almost like playing a video game."