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Andy867
05-29-2003, 03:30 PM
I was just reading up on this article that proves that First-Person Shooters(FPS) like Jedi Outcast, DOOM, Unreal Tournament series are actually GOOD for youths and adults alike, since they cause the brain to respond to more active events.
Here is a a brief summary from the article found here (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=68&e=5&u=/nyt/20030529/ts_nyt/video_game_killing_builds_visual_skills__researche rs_report)


And now, the news that every parent dreads. Researchers are reporting today that first-person-shooter video games the kind that require players to kill or maim enemies or monsters that pop out of nowhere sharply improve visual attention skills.

Experienced players of these games are 30 percent to 50 percent better than nonplayers at taking in everything that happens around them, according to the research, which appears today in the journal Nature. They identify objects in their peripheral vision, perceiving numerous objects without having to count them, switch attention rapidly and track many items at once. ...First-person action games increase the brain's capacity to spread attention over a wide range of events

So, keep up on playing the games, but also, never tell your parents, "Hey, don't make me study. Give me another grenade."
(Probably won't go over well with the 'rents)

Kstar__2
05-29-2003, 03:35 PM
didn't we all know that already?

well, i hope people won't be that offencive against FPS's anymore

jokemaster
05-29-2003, 03:50 PM
about time, now to mail this to my friend's parents

Taos
05-29-2003, 03:54 PM
I just got done reading that before I came here.

Originally posted by kstar__2

well, i hope people won't be that offencive against FPS's anymore

Come on now youngan.......there will always be someone who finds this offensive, there is no pleasing everyone. :rolleyes:

Andy867
05-29-2003, 05:19 PM
Yea, look at the senator who is trying to ban ALL video games, not just FPS, from the market. He for some odd reason(probably was neglected in childhood), believes that video games diminish the intellect of today's youth.. And like Vin Diesel said in XXX. "C'mon dick, its the only education we got" :D

leXX
05-29-2003, 05:45 PM
My daughter (5) is very very good at UT2003. She plays lots of educational games but one day she saw me playing it and asked if she could have a go. At first I thought, nah, it's shooting people, but then I realised, it's just a game and it's not like she doesn't see mindless violence on tv every day so I let her have a go. She loves it. I know it is doing her hand eye co-ordination a lot of good, and I know she knows it's just a game, so I let her play it now and then. I even have the odd LAN game with her. :D

Andy867
05-29-2003, 06:17 PM
Sure, I don't see why not, because what these so-called experts on youth education don't take into account is the idea that over 99% know the difference between reality, and what is really just a game. and all of those 99% know that if you shoot someone in real life, they will die, whereas with games, they just respawn. And people like that senator obviously make the situation worse because like I said in another thread, I don't see why we need censorship. I mean, look at all these games, and if a kid doesn't like a movie because of its content, they don't have to watch it.. Same with a game, if they don't like it personally, they don't have to play it, but if someone likes a game, thats their choice. Which I say more power to them for choice.

Mex
05-29-2003, 06:19 PM
I can't wait for Halo 2 then... :D

ckcsaber
05-29-2003, 06:19 PM
I saw this little article as well

New research at the University of Rochester has found that young adults who regularly play action-packed video games are better at tracking objects simultaneously and dealing with fast-changing visual information, according to an Associated Press report. A control experiment showed that people who do not normally play games can develop enhanced visual skills when trained to play them.

The Rochester study included two groups of test subjects, with 16 men age 18 to 23 in one test and 17 separate individuals in a second. The researchers said more study would be needed to determine why video games have this effect.

I'd gladly help them out with the testing...........:p

Andy867
05-29-2003, 06:22 PM
Likewise, also in that article I posted, it said that most people who don't play video games can walk into a room and only identify 4 objects before they need to start counting, whereas gamers like you and I could walk into the same room and identify 10 objects before we have to start counting. Which I can totally understand. Video Games like Jedi Outcast and UT2k3 are made to keep the eyes moving, and not like RPG where you slowly advance.

Jo
05-29-2003, 06:55 PM
I saw this on TechTV Live right this morning. I thought it was cool. Something like ETM has to be good. I mean you have to know when to time everything right. I'm gonna go play right now...LOL

Kengo
05-30-2003, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by Andy867
I was just reading up on this article that proves that First-Person Shooters(FPS) like Jedi Outcast, DOOM, Unreal Tournament series are actually GOOD for youths and adults alike, since they cause the brain to respond to more active events.


I hate to think what my reaction speed would be if I didn't play games then...except for when I occasionally reach for the hyperdrive switch, I think playing X wing in my youth has made me a better driver too.

Andy867
05-30-2003, 11:15 AM
I know what you mean, when I get onto the interstate, I always try to for the quick change to 3rd speed then to 4th in a split second, thinking my car is going 100+ mph;)

WolfmanNCSU
05-30-2003, 11:36 AM
One study that I always think is funny is the thumb usage between youths and adults. Young people tend to use their thumbs more like on cell phones and remotes as compared to adults who tend to use their index finger. They say it is because of the thumb coordination skills developed from playing games and using controlers and such. Plus adults used there index finger when dialing on the base of old phones.

Just an interesting study. At least I think it is.

Grilled-Sarlacc
05-30-2003, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by jokemaster
about time, now to mail this to my friend's parents

Same here, people actaully think playing video games is a bad thing can you believe that:p

C'jais
05-30-2003, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by Grilled-Sarlacc
Same here, people actaully think playing video games is a bad thing can you believe that:p

I'd call lack of excercise, sunrays and social life a bad thing.

jokemaster
05-30-2003, 02:17 PM
Originally posted by C'jais
I'd call lack of excercise, sunrays and social life a bad thing.
But you're talking about excess. I still have a good social life, exercise every day. But lack of sunrays isn't nessecarily a bad thing.

C'jais
05-30-2003, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by jokemaster
But lack of sunrays isn't nessecarily a bad thing.

Let me put it this way:

It is.



UNLESS you live in a tropical climate and are unaccustomed to it. Skin cancer 'n all dat.


Of course I'm talking about excess, but that's mostly what parents rage against anyway. I don't think many people would deny that a little gaming now and then is completely harmless.

Kengo
05-30-2003, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by C'jais
I'd call lack of excercise, sunrays and social life a bad thing.

Some sunrays must be getting in here, cause its a sunny day and if they weren't it would be all dark....right? RIGHT??? :(

jokemaster
05-30-2003, 02:26 PM
Originally posted by C'jais

Skin cancer 'n all dat.

Have you ever gotten cancer?
Originally posted by C'jais
Of course I'm talking about excess, but that's mostly what parents rage against anyway. I don't think many people would deny that a little gaming now and then is completely harmless.
Actually my parents think that if i spend more than fifteen minutes playing Zelda I'll start cutting people's heads off :rolleyes:

C'jais
05-30-2003, 02:44 PM
Originally posted by jokemaster
Have you ever gotten cancer?

Take a guess.

What do you really want to say?

Actually my parents think that if i spend more than fifteen minutes playing Zelda I'll start cutting people's heads off :rolleyes:

Okay.



Your parents could use some help in that department.

C'jais
05-30-2003, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by Kengo
Some sunrays must be getting in here, cause its a sunny day and if they weren't it would be all dark....right? RIGHT??? :(

Yes.

Not that it means anything.



What, did I scare you or something?

Writer
05-30-2003, 06:32 PM
I wish my parents would believe something like that. That would be way awesome. I would end up playing games as much as possible.


Then my eyes would fry. I've been on the computer for an hour and my eyes are bad already.

platypus202
05-30-2003, 11:04 PM
If my parents heard of this reasearch, they would just say all athe bad things about videogames. But, my parents do not think that playing HALO or UNREAL will make ayou kill someone.

Lynk Former
05-31-2003, 12:07 AM
Originally posted by leXX
My daughter (5) is very very good at UT2003. She plays lots of educational games but one day she saw me playing it and asked if she could have a go. At first I thought, nah, it's shooting people, but then I realised, it's just a game and it's not like she doesn't see mindless violence on tv every day so I let her have a go. She loves it. I know it is doing her hand eye co-ordination a lot of good, and I know she knows it's just a game, so I let her play it now and then. I even have the odd LAN game with her. :D

leXX can you be my mom too?