So maybe video games aren't as bad as they say?

Shooting silly-looking rabbits with a plunger gun in a video game called Rayman Raving Rabbids can improve the reading ability of dyslexic children, according to a new study publishing in the March 18 issue of [I]Current Biology…[/I]

Interesting stuff. While the connection is not yet fully understood, apparently the attention training that video games accomplish with aplomb seems to cross over into an ability to sharpen letter recognition skills.

“I’m working on my reading, Mom!”

You’d get absolutely pilloried for suggesting this line of study right now, but I wonder how a video game compares to, say , spending an equivalent amount of time at a shooting range with real guns or archery. Or, say, if a stationary target isn’t as effective, vs. something like skeet shooting.

Although often, the appeal of video games in this kind of context are the ease of implementation and the willingness of children to keep playing unbidden.