A hotel in Taiwan has opened to cater to gamers. Those who want to indulge in their favourite games while travelling can now do so at the iHotel, near Taiwan's capital Taipei. The hotel rooms are equipped with two high-tech computers with 32-inch screens, plush gaming chairs, and soft lighting to create the perfect mood for playing online. The computers are side-by-side to give the gaming a more competitive edge. The rooms also have a 46-inch TV for guests to relax after gaming. And there's more. The hotel's lobby has a large gaming area for larger groups.
Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may have positive benefits, besides relaxing. One study analysed data from 12,000 high school students. The students who played online games almost every day scored above average grades in maths, reading and science tests. A Columbia University study showed that 6-to-11-year-old gamers greatly increased their intellectual capability and school grades. However, gaming critics warn of the harmful effects of gaming because of the violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and profanity in games.