Computer Games &... Brain Damage?

Computer games linked to brain damage (ZDnet) is a report offering an ominous message (thanks 9bears). Are these researchers on the ball or brain damaged themselves? Only time will tell. Here's a clip:
Scientists working at Tohoku University in Japan have discovered that computer games only stimulate those parts of the brain that are devoted to vision and movement, and do not aid the development of other important areas of the brain. The researchers are particularly concerned that by spending many hours playing games some children will not develop their frontal lobes--which play a crucial role in controlling behaviour, and developing memory, emotion and learning.

In contract (sic), tasks such as arithmetic will stimulate brain activity in the frontal lobe, which is thought to continue developing until adulthood.
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I think anyone who does only one thing all day is going to neglect certain areas of their brain. I love playing computer games, but I also love coaching my son in baseball, listening to live music, reading, playing with the dogs, doing car repair, having sex with my wife, etc. We all need to make our experience well-rounded. I don't think Doom caused the Columbine murders, or even contributed to it. Sick, maladjusted losers who had no alternative, in their twisted tiny minds, but to use violence to get notoriety.

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