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New Study Reveals the Crazy Calorie Burn of Playing Video Games

Our collective view of video games has come a long way from the 8-bit 1980s and 64-bit 1990s, two eras in which parents and medical professionals assumed that parking it in front of Mario or Sonic for hours on end would rot your mind and make you gain weight. Fast forward today's e-sports era, and we now know that playing video games won't actually rot your mind at all—in fact, according to research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience last year, which examined the cognitive skills of 27 young adults between the ages of 18 and 40, playing video games earlier in life is strongly linked with better working memory later in the life. "People who were  avid gamers before adolescence, despite no longer playing, performed better with the working memory tasks, which require mentally holding and manipulating information to get a result," researcher Marc Palaus, Ph.D., noted in the official release. Now, while we know that leading e-sports competitors (aka: "p