Conventional thinking would suggest that students playing video games ought to fare worse in their exams than those who don’t spend hours in front of their screens in the middle of the night. According to a University of Glasgow study, the opposite could be true: video games have a positive role to play at university. During an eight week trial, adaptability, resourcefulness and communication skills all improved in those students who spent hours playing video games compared to those that don’t. The University’s Matthew Barr believes he knows why this may be the case “Modern video games often require players to be adaptable and resourceful, and finding multiple ways of accomplishing a task. The way games are designed often encourages critical thinking and reflective learning, commonly cited as desirable attributes in graduates. My research is perhaps what every parent may or, in the case of some, may not like to hear”. True but presumably it is music to the ears of hordes of students across the country.