It sometimes may seem like the rest of the world hates videogames. They’re always trying to ban them or limit their sale or blame them for murders, and that’s what we’re always hearing about. So I’m glad we have the Entertainment Software Association around to dig up those stories that don’t grab headlines as often and remind us that videogames do good in this world, and that deserves recognition.
Most recently, they’ve found that the games industry has been responsible for creating jobs in Texas and stimulating their economy enormously, thanks in large part to a tax incentive program introduced in 2007.
“Texas was one of the first states with an incentive for the video game industry, and it has proven successful,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “In 2009, the video game industry spent $234 million in Texas and employed 3,400 permanent workers with a positive economic impact on the state and on their local communities.”
But there’s more! There are also new studies showing that videogames reduce physical and mental pain, one that even used Tetris to treat PTSD, further proving that Child’s Play is a more than worthwhile cause.
I know I’m kind of preaching to the choir here, but it’s nice to know that there are others out in the world that recognize the good that can come from games.