Education minister Michael Gove has taken time off from destroying the UK's schools and colleges to proclaim that video games ain't all bad.
The Pob looky-likey told a gathering at the Royal Society last week that kids aren't all turned into introverted mass murderers by having a bit of a bash on a video game now and then, and that some of them might just learn something during their gaming sessions.
It's something most of us living on Planet Earth have known for years but Gove has been talking to some clever people and they have put him right, apparently.
"Computer games developed by Marcus du Sautoy are enabling children to engage with complex mathematical problems that would hitherto have been thought too advanced. When children need to solve equations in order to get more ammo to shoot the aliens, it is amazing how quickly they can learn," Gove burbled.
"I am sure that this field of educational games has huge potential for maths and science teaching and I know that Marcus himself has been thinking about how he might be able to create games to introduce advanced concepts, such as non-Euclidean geometry, to children at a much earlier stage than normal in schools."
Perhaps Gove should persuade some of his colleagues to sign up for a bit of World of Warcraft which has such a complex financial and trading systems it could teach most of the current cabinet a thing or two about global economics.
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