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Think video games and what comes to mind? Kids or teens with electronic devices locked into a screen. But guess what? The average age of gamers is 35. Twice as many adult females play as male gamers under 18. And people over 45 are the fastest-growing group of gamers. Who knew?
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Your grandchildren are probably too busy bugging you to preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts for them to notice, but this news will bring a tear to the eye of older gamers (and there are more of us out there than you might realize). Nintendo has just revealed that it's ending production of the original  Nintendo Wii in Japan, which means that seven-year-old gaming system's days in the United States might be numbered as well.
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Strange as it may seem, there was a time, back in the years just after World War II, when present-day video game giant Nintendo was a small family-owned company whose main product was a card game called hanafuda, a favorite pastime of Japanese gangsters.
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Brain Gamers Show Cognitive Gains: The box for Nintendo's Brain Age claims the game can 'keep your brain young and sharp' in just 'minutes a day!'  Skeptical? Yeah, me too. But a new study from Japan's Tohoku University shows it's more than just marketing hype: Playing Brain Age really can improve 'cognitive fitness' in older men and women.
A new study which found that after playing a strategy-based video game, older adults became better at certain mental abilities that tend to decline as people age
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