Study shows playing RTS games keeps old brains healthy

Good news for older gamers: that secret desire to rush your enemies’ base can be healthy! A study published in the medical journal Psychology & Aging shows that playing games like Rise of Nations and other real-time strategy titles can actually help elderly gamers maintain or improve their ability to reason, and help them with short term memory.

To me, this seems like a great thing. Now you have a reason to buy grandpa a copy of Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Or buy grandma a DS and a copy of Age of Empires. Or just play Starcraft until you get old.