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Research shows that video games can be good for your brain

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Baby, it's cold outside.

“I play a lot more during the winter months,” said Drew Houston, an Army soldier and gamer.

Which leaves lots of room for indoor activities like gaming.

“I play all kinds of video games,” said Houston.

Carpe Diem focuses on activities that are good for you, and research strongly suggests gaming is good for your brain, especially in terms of spatial awareness, motor skills, memory and long-term planning.

“Even in a video game you still have to be somewhat aware of what going on around you, so I think there are certain benefits to it. Some games can even teach you things you didn't know about,” said Houston.

We found a couple dozen Fort Bliss soldiers at a Madden tournament taking place every Saturday on the eastside this winter.

“Well you're inside for one. It's warm, and number two you get to hang out with fellow soldiers, comrades, friends, and just have a good time,” said James Elder, another Army soldier and gamer.

Healthstatus.com says gaming can also benefit those who have been through traumatic events, as studies have shown that playing video games can reduce the symptoms of trauma and chronic pain.

“Like Battlefield Five is a World War II game and things like that, so I think just learning about things I didn't know about through games is a lot of fun for me,” said Houston.

“Well in the Army we're always competitive. You're always trying to outdo the other person next to you and when you get to sit and play one on one with one of your buddies it gets pretty competitive,” said Elder.

Some of the soldiers at Super Star Motors say it's their first time playing football this way.

“A lot of people like to play football, so when you can have it your fingertips it can get pretty competitive,” said Elder.

But whether you're down to pass -- block -- spin -- or spectate, there are benefits to coordinating your brain, your fingers and your friends.

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