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Jafo232
05-29-2003, 02:13 AM
Interesting... Wonder what my mom would have thought of this article:

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=2839248

"Whether it's Spiderman or Grand Theft Auto 3 or others, the fast-moving action of the games seems to improve a range of visual skills.

"Although video-game playing may seem to be rather mindless, it is capable of radically altering visual attentional processing," Daphne Bavelier, of the University of Rochester in New York, said in a letter to the science journal Nature.

In four experiments Bavelier and her colleague C. Shawn Green discovered that people who played video games several times a week for six months could monitor complex visual information more easily than non-game players.

But when the researchers gave novices 10 hours of training on the game Medal of Honor, they improved their visual processing skills.

"By forcing players to simultaneously juggle a number of varied tasks (detect new enemies, track existing enemies and avoid getting hurt, among others) action-video-game playing pushes the limits of three rather different aspects of visual attention," Bavelier said."

Here is another article:

http://msnbc.com/news/919010.asp?0dm=C11MT

I didn't see this in any thread, so if I missed it, feel free to wipe the thread.

Jafo232
05-29-2003, 02:15 AM
On a side note, I wonder if watching porno increases any skills? :p

Sodacider
05-29-2003, 02:31 AM
Originally posted by Jafo232
On a side note, I wonder if watching porno increases any skills? :p

forearm strength

listening skills for anyone walking nearby

terraflux16
05-29-2003, 08:33 AM
Ain't that the truth.:D

Brevity
05-29-2003, 08:44 AM
Originally posted by Sodacider


forearm strength

listening skills for anyone walking nearby
ahahahaha:rofl:

RudedogX
05-29-2003, 09:02 AM
This is a shock, an article actually saying what most people knew for a while!:huh:

Tim
05-29-2003, 10:05 AM
Here's another link to the article:

Playing Video Games Not so Mindless After All (http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=2839248)

Diddy
05-29-2003, 11:26 AM
There was also an article about video games that said they increase anger, or enrage the user after lond periods of playing and then long periods of withdrawl. So u play a real long time, then u dont play for a real long tiem and people get really edgy. Its like crack. I dunno i just thought id throw that in there.

I know that i get ****ed off when my mom talks to me and im playing a game. Cuz SHE ALWAYS ASKS ME TO DO SOMETHING AROUND THE DAMN HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im pretty sure that ****es us all off.

Jafo232
05-29-2003, 01:10 PM
Well, yeah, that ****ed me off when I still lived with mom. Now, what really ****es me off is I actually have to work! It would be real nice if my XBOX was only interupted by such mundane things as taking the garbage out instead of trying to earn money. ;)

Brnthngs
05-29-2003, 01:15 PM
Games are a new way of improving the way the mind works. It effects us, but in a different way than other generations because we are the first true gaming generation. People get worried cause their kids can't spell very well, but the 10 year old is programing C+ just for fun. Stuff like that will become more common place and things will have to adapt. It's the way it goes. With new technology comes new advantages.

Tim
05-29-2003, 02:47 PM
Good point.

Just like the world needs people who can interpret law, build bridges, perform accounting tasks, etc. The world need people that are fluent in how computers work, whether it be games or applications. Just look at how many jobs are created in the gaming industry!! $3+ billion is a giant boost in the economy.

Big Boss
05-29-2003, 05:31 PM
like playing games could do anything negative phhhhhhhhhh!:cheers:

aj142
05-29-2003, 05:36 PM
Well, whether or not it's a good or bad habit, the fact is that when you do something all of the time, you get to be good at it - and that means developing certain skills, regardless of how practical they are or aren't. Reminds me of that Far Side cartoon where you see two parents watching their kid play video games and both parents are fantasizing about newspaper want ads that read things like, "Wanted: skilled gamer to help Mario rescue the Princess - pays $150,000 +benefits"

JADE8704
05-29-2003, 08:40 PM
i agree completely with this thread...since i've perfected my sniping abilities in Halo, i've been able to use the bathroom without missing the bowl :eek:

bretman1234
05-29-2003, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by JADE8704
i agree completely with this thread...since i've perfected my sniping abilities in Halo, i've been able to use the bathroom without missing the bowl :eek:

:rofl: :hail:
Thats the greatest thing ive ever seen!

JR Alberda
05-30-2003, 12:51 AM
=Good excuse for kids with parents.

"What did you think I was playing the games for fun, Mom? I am working on my reflexes, while simultaneously improving my hand/eye co-ordination. Really Mom, comeon, If it were just for fun I would go mow the lawn, but this is my future!"

Oh yeah and the toilet thing helps too. Not to mention the added ability to eat and drink, while talking on the phone, open another beer and play MotoGP2 on xbox live, all at the same time.

Zonza
05-30-2003, 12:24 PM
=Good excuse for kids with parents.
"What did you think I was playing the games for fun, Mom? I am working on my reflexes, while simultaneously improving my hand/eye co-ordination. Really Mom, comeon, If it were just for fun I would go mow the lawn, but this is my future!"

LOL, I've tried something like that with my parents once but for some reason they wouldn't believe me, I wonder why:D

EHWfedPres
05-30-2003, 12:43 PM
if you want to improve your thumb reflexes, just play a few dozen rounds of the Fuzion Frenzy mini-game Twisted System...once you get to about 100 points, it's nearly impossible.

Dont know what this has to do with anything, but oh well.

# 1 Stunner
05-30-2003, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by Jafo232
On a side note, I wonder if watching porno increases any skills? :p i heard eye-cordination skills..:D

Jafo232
05-30-2003, 03:30 PM
Either way, I wouldn't gear up and play Moto for hours and expect from that experience that you can just jump on a real ninja and win a race. :yikes:

egg
05-30-2003, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by Jafo232
Either way, I wouldn't gear up and play Moto for hours and expect from that experience that you can just jump on a real ninja and win a race. :yikes:

Speaking from experience.. If you jump on a Ninja.. You already lost!!

l Maximus l
05-31-2003, 04:59 AM
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nik2deep
05-31-2003, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by Brnthngs
Games are a new way of improving the way the mind works. It effects us, but in a different way than other generations because we are the first true gaming generation. People get worried cause their kids can't spell very well, but the 10 year old is programing C+ just for fun. Stuff like that will become more common place and things will have to adapt. It's the way it goes. With new technology comes new advantages.

doesn't it seem like society is not letting us evolve as humans? I mean, its evolution that got us here, yet they hold us to standards that where founded hundreds of years ago...Its messed up

Papke
05-31-2003, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by EHWfedPres
if you want to improve your thumb reflexes, just play a few dozen rounds of the Fuzion Frenzy mini-game Twisted System...once you get to about 100 points, it's nearly impossible.

Dont know what this has to do with anything, but oh well.

Terraflux can testify to this....... I am the MASTER of twisted system.
:hail: ME

bretman1234
05-31-2003, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Papke


Terraflux can testify to this....... I am the MASTER of twisted system.
:hail: ME

I usually suck at these types of games, but I always play this on my halo disc, and I for some reason rule at it
my best is 124. TEll me urs.

Diddy
05-31-2003, 03:42 PM
I really have no idea what u all are complaining about. Sure i want to play games all day everyda, but lets be realistic. Playing games doesnt pay the bills, doesnt take out the trash, doesnt raise your kids, it only wastes time and lets you have loads of fun doing.

You all cant expect to just not go to school to learn thing you'll need in life, though i would love for that to happen, even i have to face the facts that, i NEED To study more than i play video games, or I NEED to practice Algebra 2 more than i need to practice getting good at a game.

Yeh sure times are changing and the computer is a very useful tool in almost every buisness known to man, but what if the power goes out? uh oh, humanity cant function. You all should learn from the matrix.