Sony Online Entertainment has released a brochure entitled "Let the Kids Game " that attempts to demonstrate to parents that video games, such as the family friendly Free Realms, can be beneficial for children. The booklet uses third-party research, surveys and expert testimony to show games can actually be used a social tool and have the capability to bring families closer together.
According to the brochure, video games are related to improvements in vision, social interaction and visuospatial cognition; playing games together can forge stronger family ties between parent and child, and between siblings; and people who play online games often emerge as leaders.
You can download the booklet from the SOE Web site or What They Play, a site that acts a family guide to video games. While downloading the brochure, you can also enter a giveaway at What They Play to win an Alienware notebook and a one-year membership to Free Realms. The giveaway ends May 15.