Does Gaming Reduce Productivity? Depends on how it's managed. I've worked in a situation where there was a playstation set up with a choice of multiplayer games. The short sharp games throughout the working day keep you from getting bored; provide fun time with workmates; and definitely allow you to release stress when your blood pressure is creeping up. The trick is to use a game with short rounds; where you get a quick blast and then it's all over after a few minutes. Many games provide a "quick game" option which is perfect - four people can pick up controllers, be playing in less than a minute and back at their desk five or ten minutes later. Compare that with smokers, who take breaks similar length to go have a cigarette.
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