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Wensea10
Wensea10

This question is easy to relate you, practically anything you do in a video game requires some intellectual bearing.

fedetaco
fedetaco

In better terms Zelda would boost my brain capacity (gray matter) I mean, it's more challenging than Mario.....right?

Zloth2
Zloth2

I was thinking the "other end of the spectrum" from StarCraft would be something like Europa Universalis or Civilization... you know, turn based!


Definitely an interesting issue.  The fact that video games will help with some aspects of real life is pretty easy to see coming but I was surprised how little it takes to get gains.  The dyslexia bit was a real surprise!

rkm0911
rkm0911

get paid for playing 40hrs of video games? hell yeah! sign me up

J-007
J-007

Without a doubt games test our consciousness overall. Speed...accuracy...eye-hand coordination and tactics

bigruss51
bigruss51

Ya, but what are the negative effects of gaming?

Don_Shadio
Don_Shadio

aah!! *rubs cheek*

no wonder i'm so smart :p

cratecruncher
cratecruncher

IQ test raw scores have been increasing steadily for about 100 years now.  When everyone takes a new test the average raw score is indexed to 100.  A generation later the averages are higher than 100 and must be recalibrated.  It's called the FLYNN EFFECT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect) and it implies that people are becoming smarter through the generations.  Several explanations have been proposed including everything from better nutrition to improved test-taking skills.  I tend to think it's the richer visual environment.  Think about it. First there were books, then movies, tv, video games, internet, etc.  Each technological advance has given us a broader access to the world around us - including learning about the Flynn effect in this paragraph.

natanmir
natanmir

Borderlands 2 YAY!!!!!!!!!! i was thinking about the game the whole video! o.o

Del Scoville
Del Scoville

"more smarterer" lol I think puzzle and strategy games definitely do. Not so convinced about first person shooters. But it is nice to run around and kill things sometimes, or maybe just gather loot all day long in a dungeon crawler.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I think I'm going to have to start bringing a dictionary to my viewings of Reality Check. There was some proper big words in there.

Afraid to say the only thing I've taken from this is that The Sims isn't much help.

I don't play The Sims but I guess I'm not playing the right games either.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I was going to make a comment about split infinitives, but then I realised that it was deliberate. *Slow clap.*

capey216
capey216

Is there any way to get the citations for those studies? I would love to read them.

imnofanboy96
imnofanboy96

1st of all he is joking....i think thats quite obvious to everyone..2nd of all of course games can benefit your brain and can teach you stuff like speaking and writing english...i personally im not from any english speaking country yet i got the Profficiency in cambrige tests faster than i was supposed to,i can honestly say that gaming helped me in that section and in many others that i probably haven't noticed

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

That last one was really exciting to see. The idea that something that can be such a challenge could possibly be helped by doing something as enjoyable as gaming is really exciting.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

Well, this video thinks it's hilarious to not play, so I have no comment

shreddyz
shreddyz

To this day, I have no idea what 'oscar mike' means.

o1kenobi
o1kenobi

'More Smarter?'  Obviously playing video games doesn't help with the correct use of language.  (unless he's trying to be funny, but there's no indication of that.)


kay2kid
kay2kid

The best thing I learned from gaming is the English language. I started gaming before school so by the time I started taking English classes I was way above everyone in the class, by the time I reached high school I started correcting my teachers mistakes...


2007 was the year I started playing World of Warcraft which was my very first game I play online with a community, by the year 2009 I became almost fluent in the language.


By the way I doubt if I would be able to type all that if I wasn't a gamer :)

vadagar1
vadagar1

I just like to picture Cam with his shirt off....


BUT on the subject, yes gaming did help me get smarter.... in all aspects, frankly I would like to think that games and PCs gave me a better education that the one I got at school.

Matt Davis
Matt Davis

Gamespot has video-series. They do write articles...but mostly about news. If you really want to get some good reads, I would go check out the forum and see what the members have to say. Honestly, it's better than IGN where their articles are about a paragraph and then include a video which includes a guy reading said paragraph...

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

So that is what came of all those stupid Luminosity ads? Meh... I thought this back in the late 80s... glad they proved me right 20+ years later...

faizanhd
faizanhd

Video games make you smarter ? Well then Metal Gear Solid probably won't help you out much................................. ZING !

carolino
carolino

i was a modest 12/20 student back in the days


my english is far from perfect but thanks to gaming i learned a good 50% more 


i won a few chess tournaments to at that time


i do think gaming helps in some brain tasks and i ll keep playing as long as i can

Zloth2
Zloth2

@rkm0911 Exactly 40 hours - no less and NO MORE.  And only the prescribed game.  No sneaking in Angry Birds while the researcher isn't looking!

fedetaco
fedetaco

@bigruss51 They are pretty much the same as the ones you would find in movies.....Violence, immorality, profanity.....but if you avoid GTA series you may decrease those negative effects in almost 95 %....I don't know about any health disorder....

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

@shreddyzOscar Mike = On the Move or Moving Out

In NATO phonetic alphabet (military jargon) O is Oscar and M is Mike, so "On the Move" shorten into OM or Oscar Mike.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

I was going to answer you but then I realized you must be a troll.

shreddyz
shreddyz

@o1kenobi if you're going to troll then at least quote things accurately.

raiden3788
raiden3788

@o1kenobi Actually it's "More Smarterer" so it doesn't help with the correct READING of language.


And yes it's an obvious joke, and I'm absolutely certain that he wrote "more smarter" halted, realized that some smart-ass will yell "omg wrong grammar" and made it even more incorrect to emphasize the part that it's deliberate.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@kay2kid Congratulations, you have better grammar and sentence structure than almost all native English speakers who use the internet!


Have this cookie with sprinkles!

dyablo_r
dyablo_r

@kay2kid I was thinking the same thing. Except that my MMO game was Lineage 2. xD

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@vadagar1 Sometimes I feel that way too. Maybe not "better" but perhaps "more important" because they don't teach you facts (necessarily) that can be applied to life but I spent nearly all of my free time as a child solving problems thought up by adults.

meedokicky
meedokicky

@carolinoMe too, English isn't my first language but I learned a lot from playing games :)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@bpthomas85 @Grimkillah @shreddyz Yes they do. Well done. :-L

Just so we're clear it's not necessarily about the shortest phrase, it's about what can be clearly expressed over radio.