i don’t know why mainstream media is becoming more and more accepting of video games. don’t get me wrong, i am certainly not complaining here. i just find it odd that after years of bitching and moaning that our society is slowly going to shit because of video games, the media is now ‘ohhh heyyyy buddy’. it’s just a little too invasion-of-the-body-snatchers for me. that’s all.
a kind of recent article on msnbc points to grand theft auto 4, of all games, being used as a training tool. niko bellic is a lot of things, but a role model? uh… no! we all know that video games improves your reflexes – the ‘shoot now, ask questions later’ school of thought has gotten me past many real-life situations.
check this shit out:
The researchers compared action video-gamers and non-gamers with a series of simple decision-making experiments. (Gamers devoted at least five hours weekly in the year before the experiment to playing action video games, such as ” Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “Halo 2.”) They presented volunteers with arrays of dots, asked them to identify which way the dots were moving, and varied the number of dots moving in the same direction to make the task easier or harder.
The 11 gamer volunteers were able to make those judgments faster than the 12 non-gamers without sacrificing accuracy, researchers found. They also excelled in an auditory decision-making test in which volunteers were presented with noises through headphones and asked to figure out whether the sound was heard in their right or their left ear.
so the next time someone is all ‘you play too many games. intervention time’ you can point to this study and shoot them down. a figure of speech, of course, unless they are a zombie.