Tuesday, December 9, 2008

UK Study Shows Gaming Leads to Music Making

New research from across the big pond shows that up to 2.5 million children have picked up guitars and drums after playing music-themed video games.

Video games have led some parents to fear that their children could turn into addicted, uncultured sloths (not that there's anything wrong with that). But the UK Times reports that research by one of Britain's largest music charities suggests that the popularity of active music titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band have prompted up to 2.5 million children to learn the instruments for real.

The report conducted by Youth Music found that of 12 million young people from age 3 to 18, more than half played music games. A fifth of those gamers said that they now played an instrument after catching the musical bug from the games.

"We have long known that young people are encouraged to take an interest in music if it is presented to them in a compelling way," said Andrew Missingham, the music industry expert who wrote the report. "This research for the first time shows conclusively that young people are being inspired to make their own music by games that first piqued their interest."

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