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I read in an article in the daily mirror that surgeons who play video games atleast 3 hours a week make 30% less mistakes while performing an operation.

The truth is out there!
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I'm confused. If you train someone to play a specific game then of course they are going to excel compared to someone who has never played it before, this is dumb!

Or am I missing something?

THIS JUST IN: Drivers who have trained and actually passed their test are better drivers than those who have never drove before! NOWAI!
Yeah, you definitely missed something. The study wasn't about the game itself, it was about increasing their real-world motor and cognitive skills by using RTS's- training their thinking skills and whatnot.
    
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I always found video games to be great for your brain. They force you to think...unlike TV. Great to have some studies to back that up....even if the sample size is so small.
+1
Too many people look down on gamers, when they come home from work and watch 5 hours of TV before bed. They claim that games are "boring" - yeah, so much more than watching X Factor or some other garbage
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Yeah, you definitely missed something. The study wasn't about the game itself, it was about increasing their real-world motor and cognitive skills by using RTS's- training their thinking skills and whatnot.
Yea I realised that when I re-read it. But couldn't be bothered to edit my post. Whilst incorrect, I still stand by my statement.

Of course it will increase those senses. As you use those senses in the game itself!

That would be like taking 10 plumbers and 10 average joes and saying "Well I'll be damned! Be a plumber and you will have a stronger grip!"

Well duh!" Plumbers use their forearms as a damn trade, average joes don't.

This test proves nothing except for that games are one of many ways to keep a senior active. There are millions of other ways that can achieve the same thing.

Just my humble opinion, but this test is worthless.

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I always found video games to be great for your brain. They force you to think...unlike TV. Great to have some studies to back that up....even if the sample size is so small.
That's incorrect also, you're just as biased as the people who watch TV. You are just on the other end of the stick.

TV can and does improve your IQ and keep your brain active. It just depends on what shows you watch. Same with gaming, it all depends on what game you play. None are stronger than the other, bother are good for you in certain situations and both are bad in certain situations.
Edited by IcedEarth - 12/14/08 at 7:48am
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Yea I realised that when I re-read it. But couldn't be bothered to edit my post. Whilst incorrect, I still stand by my statement.

Of course it will increase those senses. As you use those senses in the game itself!

That would be like taking 10 plumbers and 10 average joes and saying "Well I'll be damned! Be a plumber and you will have a stronger grip!"

Well duh!" Plumbers use their forearms as a damn trade, average joes don't.

This test proves nothing except for that games are one of many ways to keep a senior active. There are millions of other ways that can achieve the same thing.

Just my humble opinion, but this test is worthless.



That's incorrect also, you're just as biased as the people who watch TV. You are just on the other end of the stick.

TV can and does improve your IQ and keep your brain active. It just depends on what shows you watch. Same with gaming, it all depends on what game you play. None are stronger than the other, bother are good for you in certain situations and both are bad in certain situations.

I disagree with both things you say.

Of course there are a large assortment of ways to keep the brain sharp as it gets older, but this being a computer (and largely game) based forum, obviously its going to focus on the gaming end of the spectrum. It doesn't say that RTS games are the best way to achieve these results, it just says that the results were observed.

And you point me out some proof (brain waves or something) that says that playing computer games are no more involved than watching television. Obviously its all better than staring at a wall for 5 hours a day...barely. But my children will definately be encouraged to interact with a game rather than watch television.
    
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I disagree with both things you say.

Of course there are a large assortment of ways to keep the brain sharp as it gets older, but this being a computer (and largely game) based forum, obviously its going to focus on the gaming end of the spectrum. It doesn't say that RTS games are the best way to achieve these results, it just says that the results were observed.

And you point me out some proof (brain waves or something) that says that playing computer games are no more involved than watching television. Obviously its all better than staring at a wall for 5 hours a day...barely. But my children will definately be encouraged to interact with a game rather than watch television.
I'm not discrediting the results, they are true. It is just that they are so obvious that they don't need to be stated. Yes interacting with RTS games improves your motor skills, did we really need to be informed of that?

This just in: Eating prevents malnutrition. Walking prevents seizing of the joints. It's just one of those things you already know. Interacting with a game is a way to keep the brain healthy, we know this already.

I agree this is a computer forum and it is relevant in that way. But would you need to be told on a car forum that using your indicators helps other people to understand your next move? No, it's something we already know.

How is it better? You show me a study that says games are better than TV, they aren't. Different people have different learning curves and different ways of gathering information. Some people watch documentaries, some would rather read a book, maybe some would like to play a game to learn how something happens. Who knows, but the same argument is used again and again on here 'People who watch TV are couch potatoes and games are better' yea right And all people who play games are nerds eh?
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I read in an article in the daily mirror that surgeons who play video games atleast 3 hours a week make 30% less mistakes while performing an operation.

The truth is out there!
That is the Daily Mirror though
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Research has shown that doing pretty much anything which uses the problem solving parts of your brain also helps keep Alzheimer's away.

Anything from brushing your teeth with your off hand to changing your morning routine by doing things in different order to playing board games. And I'm sure playing nearly any video game will also help with this.
     
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Research has shown that doing pretty much anything which uses the problem solving parts of your brain also helps keep Alzheimer's away.

Anything from brushing your teeth with your off hand to changing your morning routine by doing things in different order to playing board games. And I'm sure playing nearly any video game will also help with this.
If that is the case, I see the Alzheimer rates going down in the next 50 years
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although I do play a hell lot of RTS games,

I disagree with this article. This another attempt by the government and the media to dumb people down. XD


I don't think DOTA ever taught me how to read shakespeare or do mathematical induction.
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