Reality Check - 4 Reasons Video Games Make You More Smarterer
Could playing video games directly benefit your brain? Cam investigates in this weeks Reality Check.
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Flex those mental muscles and join Cam Robinson on a journey of discovery in Reality Check, the show that investigates the science behind your favourite games, and spawns a few wild theories of its own.
Schedule: Thursdays at 12pm PT
Host: Cameron Robinson
This question is easy to relate you, practically anything you do in a video game requires some intellectual bearing.
In better terms Zelda would boost my brain capacity (gray matter) I mean, it's more challenging than Mario.....right?
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!
Without a doubt games test our consciousness overall. Speed...accuracy...eye-hand coordination and tactics
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.
"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.
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.
I was going to make a comment about split infinitives, but then I realised that it was deliberate. *Slow clap.*
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
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.
'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.)
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 :)
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.
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...
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...
@camfrazrob you might like this : http://youtu.be/MuDLw1zIc94
Video games make you smarter ? Well then Metal Gear Solid probably won't help you out much................................. ZING !
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
@Gamer3344 I wondered the same thing.....:/
@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!
@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....
@cratecruncher I sometimes feel social intelligence is dwindling, though...
@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.
@o1kenobi Play The Sims much?
@o1kenobi "but there's no indication of that" lol are you serious?
@o1kenobi if you're going to troll then at least quote things accurately.
@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.
@kay2kid Congratulations, you have better grammar and sentence structure than almost all native English speakers who use the internet!
Have this cookie with sprinkles!
@kay2kid I was thinking the same thing. Except that my MMO game was Lineage 2. xD
@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.
@carolinoMe too, English isn't my first language but I learned a lot from playing games :)
@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.