Go ahead and pick up the controller -- video games might not be as bad for you as you think. According to a new Australian research, video games offer a range of creative, social and emotional benefits for gamers -- even those who play violent first-person shooters.

Dr Daniel Johnson, director of the Games Research and Interaction Design Lab at QUT, who will detail his findings to a Sydney University audience next Tuesday, told Crikey that academic research had only recently looked into the positive impacts of video games rather than their more controversial influences.