Skip to comments.Video Games Make You Smarter And Faster
Posted on 02/01/2010 7:50:44 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The U.S. military has long suspected that troops who have long experience with video console and computer games have made Americans better soldiers, at least when it comes to operating high-tech military equipment. But now a study (by the Office of Naval Research) has found that such experience also enables troops to solve problems faster, and act more quickly with those solutions. In technical terms, the computer game experience increases perceptual and cognitive ability 10-20 percent, over those with no computer game experience. The navy was interested in this because most sailors have technical jobs, and many of them involve operating electronic equipment. Officers and chiefs (NCOs) have noted that, over the years, the new recruits appear to be more skilled when they first show up. It didn't have anything to do with new training methods, so many supervisors suspected video games. That proved to be the case, but the increased problem solving ability and responsiveness was a generally unrecognized bonus. The army noted the same thing, especially under combat conditions. For example, because so many troops had years of experience with video games, they took to CROWS (the remotely controlled machine-gun turret on many vehicles) quickly, and very effectively. The guys operating these systems grew up playing video games. They developed skills in operating systems (video games) very similar to the CROWS controls. This was important, because viewing the world around the vehicle via a vidcam is not as enlightening (although a lot safer) than having your head and chest exposed to the elements, and any firepower the enemy sends your way. But experienced video gamers are skilled at whipping that screen view around, and picking up any signs of danger.
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And this is why I pwn you noobs! LOL!
When this kind of technology(video games) became the rage in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagen said that kids who mastered these games would make good soldiers and pilots from playing them because of the finger/eye co-ordination it would build in them. He was laughed at at the time. Who’s laughing now?
They made a movie about that.
“the last starfighter”.
Just wait until the societal recluse segment of FR gets a hold of this...
I play a game called DEFCON. The gameplay is reminiscent of the “big boards” that visually represented thermonuclear war
> wut r u talkin about n00b i pwn u with my reflexors
> see u have +10 damage now hahah!ha/!
What does FPS_Doug say about this?
“When this kind of technology(video games) became the rage in the 1980s, Ronald Reagen said that kids who mastered these games would make good soldiers and pilots from playing them because of the finger/eye co-ordination it would build in them. He was laughed at at the time. Whos laughing now?”
And Tipper Gore tried soooooo hard to stop it.
My parents were convinced my computer was the devil.
Reagan had so much vision.
(I am a Level 80 Gnome Mage!)
Somewhere, I saw an article explaining how video games are actually a huge conspiracy between industry and the government to train soldiers how to kill.
and better looking,
and more attractive to the opposite sex!
Does finishing Far Cry 2 on Infamous count? :)
looks like someone could use a Wii Fit...
Not me. I usually start off my day with a rousing game of simulated pinball on my computer. It really does improve hand-eye coordination, and along with strong coffee, gets me ready for the day.
RR, as usual, was right!