Gaming could be good for you

I have some good news for gamers, if there's any truth in a headline I read in this morning's Metro newspaper here in London:-

War gamers 'are more successful and happier'

According to experts in psychology at the University of Sterling, certain types of video game could have a beneficial effect on players by training useful brain functions.

Some war games enhance a memory skill vital in situations including job interviews and training.

Is this too good to be true? You can read the article for yourself on the Metro e-edition where the complete printed newspaper is available online. (While you're there, you'll also find interesting techy articles on pages 9 and 19.) An earlier version of the same article was posted yesterday on the Metro web site.

07 September 2009

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Shame it doesn't mention the effects of FPS's.

I spend an 'unhealthy' amount of time playing COD5, but is it actually good for me in an intellectual sense?

Tim Acheson (07 Sep 09, 18:18)

That's exactly what I thought. I'm more curious about the psychological and neurological effects of first-person shooter games, to which a much greater proportion of gamers are exposed.

Speaking of which, I can hardly wait for the release of Halo 3: ODST later this month, and of course Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in November. (Click on the links for more info, videos, trailers, etc.)


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