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Video games relieve stress, study says

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Kid-friendly video games for sale at Video Cavern in Taylors. (Mar. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina) Kid-friendly video games for sale at Video Cavern in Taylors. (Mar. 21, 2013/FOX Carolina)
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When Richard Kellet and his girls go shopping, they often stop in at Video Cavern in Taylors.

He said his girls love video games.

"You know they can blow off steam because let's face it, stuff at school gets stressful," Kellet said.

Customers can swap, buy and pick up controllers, game pads and even joysticks for vintage video games.

A study conducted at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, shows certain video games may be able to relieve stress for young gamers.

"And a lot of things help kids out in school like Brain Age - the ability to critically think," Kellet said.

His 11-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Bowen, said she not only uses her brain, but other skills too.

"They've been helping me mostly with hand-eye coordination," Kaitlyn said.

The study listed games like Art Academy, Brain Age, Plants vs. Zombies, Just Dance 4 and Zen Pinball.

"You can design whatever you want on there (Art Academy), so it's really fun to play that," Kaitlyn said.

The study also monitors heart rates and brain waves.

"They give kids a chance to use their imagination, but have it be an interactive experience and also give them a challenge," Brad Wooten said.

Wooten is a gamer and frequent customer at the store. He said some games also keep kids moving.

"This new generation of consoles also has more of a get up off the couch experience to it with Kinect and Wii," Wooten said.

Video game lovers said it's about time their world is seen for what it can be.

"Games always get a bad rap, but it's definitely a stress reliever," Kellet said.

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