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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Finally some good news for video gamers...

This is an interesting study from the scientists at University of Rochester start to find some socially redeeming values from playing video games.   Thinking about what video games require and train you to do does make you think that there should be some value to playing games, at least some of them.

I realize playing games non-stop can be a bad thing, and I am sure the downside of playing video games could be more than the upside, but finally there is some positive news out of the researchers in Rochester...

Looks like those four months you spent bingeing on coke and playing GTA IV weren’t a total loss after all! Bludgeoning all those pretend hookers actually made you better at making snap decisions, and no less accurate than those real-life having schmoes:

“Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.”

So, after spending years after school playing XBox Live or wii has made you a better person!   Navigating? Check. Keeping track of heads in a crowd? Got that. Marksmanship? You better believe it. It’s time to show the world what you’re made of, highly-trained potential mass murderers and mercenaries!

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