Yet another one of my topics sprung from the curious and interesting thoughts that gamers frequently post.
Quite a few people like to imply that certain genres take more or less skill/ intelligence/ and strategy. I see this argument come up in specific genres mostly. Some gamers will tell you that turn based RPGs take much more strategy and skill than action rpgs. Others will find puzzle games boring because they don't want to think that hard, they just want to kill stuff. And many will try to convince you that FPS take no skill or any kind of thinking at all. Some will even go as far as to say that most gamers lack the "intelligence" to play a game that last longer than 8 or so hours since games like Call of Duty are so popular now.
In my personal opinion (you can skip this if you want and just reply, this might be a little long)....
That's not true. In some senses. To put it simply, anyone with a normal healthy brain and the capacity to think could pick up a game, learn its mechanics and get good enough to beat the game on the easiest difficulty (should it be available). Anyone can learn the bare bones and trek through the game all the way through to the end(Edit: I realize its a stretch to say ANY game. there are exceptions to this rule). That includes ignorant trolls on the internet and young children. That may seem like an exaggeration, but remember, we are talking about learning the bare minimum, just enough to beat the game, not to play online, beat the hardest difficulty, or to beat the toughest bosses.
Video games are not rocket science. You are given certain rules to adhere by and mechanics to use. You learn these and you play through the game in order to beat it. It takes little to no extraneous thinking or hardcore strategizing to learn the bare minimum. However if we were talking about mastering the game, to where you could beat all the hardest bosses, destroy the best players out there, and beat the hardest difficulty, then that takes more time, effort, and skill than what it took to learn the basics of the game. But in each genre it takes different kinds of skills to master the game. The skills you learn in Call of Duty's Veteran mode won't help you in Portal 2. The skills you learn in Final Fantasy 13 will not help you beat Crushing mode in Uncharted 3. Beating Devil May Cry in Heaven or Hell mode will not help beat Baal in Disgaea. So its difficult to come to a conclusion of what takes more "skill" and "intelligence" because it largely depends on the player AND the game.
To me, saying something such as "RPGS take so much more strategy and skill than FPSs" is like saying "English takes so much more skill and intelligence than Math." The comparison makes little sense, as math and english recquire totally different skills. Also consider how different students struggle or excel in these two different subjects. Patience also has something to do with it, but that's a whole 'nother topic for another time...
Truth is, anyone with a properly functioning brain has the capacity to learn how to play any video game. And to imply that you are more intelligent solely becaue you play a certain genre of video games is pretty arrogant. And asinine.
So PeeGee, let me ask you: Do you think certain genres recquire more skill, intelligence, or strategy than others? If so, which ones? Do you think someone is ever more intelligent for playing or appreciating a certain type of game more? Do you see yourself as superior because you play a genre that you think takes much more skill and intelligence than any other genre, or look down on someone else for what they play ( I sometimes get this vibe from certain people when this topic is discussed)?