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April 27, 2010 12:33:07 AM

I new it... I've been saying this for years.
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April 27, 2010 12:38:51 AM

YES, now my mom cant say that violent games make me violent and dumb xD
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April 27, 2010 12:39:23 AM

If we allow elderly to play games, we might have a transition from modern warfare to call of duty 2. Out of stuborness they ll keep telling us the old ways are better...

And it keeps me wondering how the tide of the elderly will effect the war between activision - Respawn..
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April 27, 2010 12:39:37 AM

Grandpa watcha doing?

Oh just blowing some Goooks its good fer my brain see?
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April 27, 2010 12:41:29 AM

it makes me giggle when I think about a nursing home having a FPS lan party lol ;) 
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April 27, 2010 12:43:38 AM

Yep, games are giving birth to a whole generation of little Einsteins. Just look at WoW, it´s riddled with rocket scientists! Oh wait...
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April 27, 2010 12:44:22 AM

So...the truth comes out.
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April 27, 2010 12:44:30 AM

I've always believed that gaming, in any form, benefited us on more ways than just getting entertainment. Yea you have people who argue that gaming is bad because it makes us couch potatoes and we get no physical exercise making the obesity epidemic worse, and yes this is true. However gaming has always been good for hand-eye coordination, tactical thinking, training our minds to multi-task, even pay closer attention to what we see and do. Im sure I could go on and on about the benefits (oh and lets not forget awesome stress reliever in some cases) but I won't.
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April 27, 2010 12:47:22 AM

ParrishWho cares about the gore, profanity, and a lack of consequences for committing violent acts--the cognitive skills are more important


Careful, now. You might end up looking like you're taking sides on the issue and not just reporting the story.
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April 27, 2010 12:52:40 AM

Wow. If this is true I must be a bloody Mensa candidate by now. I may be an FPS or two away from Einstein.
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April 27, 2010 1:22:54 AM

Allowing elderly to play games is the same as allowing someone with removable denture to join a boxing tournament...
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April 27, 2010 1:24:58 AM

I imagine that there would be different benefits for different games. Maybe FPS games are better for quick observation, coordination, and thinking, but strategy games, e.g. Civilization, are probably better for "big picture" thinking and long-term planning.
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April 27, 2010 2:03:43 AM

bookmarked :) 
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April 27, 2010 2:08:12 AM

"Who cares about the gore, profanity, and a lack of consequences for committing violent acts--"

Although I agree the cognitive skills are important, I think less gore/profanity and such should be available to the younger age group. I have nothing against something like MW2, as I own it and play it, but there is an increasingly early exposure rate to sex, drugs, violence and such that I wish was not proliferating.

As for games, I am sure they increase reflexes as I have great reflexes despite not being an incredible or avid athlete. I think a lot of my quick critical thinking comes from forced situations provided in games. Although more of an FPS player, I also see the benefits of strategic and "thinker" games. (Portal, HL series etc.)
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April 27, 2010 3:54:59 AM

brendano257"Who cares about the gore, profanity, and a lack of consequences for committing violent acts--" Although I agree the cognitive skills are important, I think less gore/profanity and such should be available to the younger age group. I have nothing against something like MW2,


Yeah. None of the CoD games are terribly bad. There are little spurts, especially from headshots. L4D2 on the other hand is tantalizing with its gore. It's important to not over-expose a child since they haven't developed their sense of morality yet.
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April 27, 2010 5:25:49 AM

is this really anything new? The title is a bit misleading, understandably for the "hook" factor. it has nothing to do with violence and profanity being good for your brain, it's the fast paced multi-tasking.

StarCraft would be a prime example of a video game that is good for the brain. The mental work-out and hand eye coordination required is insane. I imagine it's like playing a musical instrument in some ways, forcing your brain and hands to successfully coordinate so many things at once.

This will do nothing to end the debate over gory video games. It is however more applicable to video games as a medium not being a "brain rot" .... though if you neglect other things in life that will certainly be a side effect
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April 27, 2010 6:10:53 AM

Ya ... that's why i do it.
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April 27, 2010 6:45:49 AM

Hey, I play violent games, and I turned out fine..*shrugs*
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April 27, 2010 7:20:01 AM

zero-hour and world of goo are games good for the brain......
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April 27, 2010 8:03:32 AM

i would have liked to watch my grandma playing GTA4
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April 27, 2010 9:14:50 AM

I like how they put a picture of soldier of fortune 2. How old is that game? 8 years? o.o
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April 27, 2010 1:02:10 PM

Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.
Marcus Brigstocke
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April 27, 2010 1:07:07 PM

lol Based on the article heading alone: "tell that to the Asian kid who had a 10" clever put through his!" :) 
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April 27, 2010 1:09:31 PM

uh oh.. Where's Jack Thompson.. :o 
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April 27, 2010 1:17:07 PM

will99If we allow elderly to play games, we might have a transition from modern warfare to call of duty 2. Out of stuborness they ll keep telling us the old ways are better...And it keeps me wondering how the tide of the elderly will effect the war between activision - Respawn..


Actually CoD4 > CoD2 > CoD6
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April 27, 2010 1:46:50 PM

It might train your reflexes, but it also trains you to be more tolerant towards violence. What you do with that is your choice, but last thing I would want is a smarter criminal. (I know, it's a gross oversimplification, but still.)
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April 27, 2010 2:29:00 PM

I have a problem with the statement ...

"Who cares about the gore, profanity, and a lack of consequences for committing violent acts--the cognitive skills are more important, helping young gamers land fast-paced jobs."

It pretty much makes it sound like all games are violent and fit in this category. There are numerous games that are non-violent and popular that will most likely give the same benefit. Let the kids play the toned down stuff, and us grownups can choose to play the violent stuff :)  It's up to parents to filter.
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April 27, 2010 2:59:25 PM

theuerkornIt might train your reflexes, but it also trains you to be more tolerant towards violence. What you do with that is your choice, but last thing I would want is a smarter criminal. (I know, it's a gross oversimplification, but still.)


We are better at killing people then previous generations. So if we have a major war, we are all set to pwn the enemy. Remember the ridiculously high percentages of soldiers who were shooting high back in Vietnam. I know for sure that I wouldn't be shooting high. We are competitive when it comes to killing people and the military loves that.

Games are also a big advantages when it comes to battlefield UIs like active maps or shooting through a monitor.
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April 27, 2010 3:38:48 PM

Regardless, it's doing a whole lot more than laying on the couch and watching baseball for hours...or in the case of a nursing home...daytime television.
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April 27, 2010 3:45:49 PM

Now I just have to convice my boss to let me take some 'training days' at home playing video games. Or even better, start charging my company overtime for all of those evenings and weekends I'm puting in.
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April 27, 2010 5:05:56 PM

Ya its bad parenting that make you violent and dumb!
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April 27, 2010 5:44:18 PM

"Hey grandpa, want to play some Crysis 2 with me?"
"Back in my day, we killed North Koreans the good ole' fashioned way."
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April 28, 2010 2:01:08 AM

Video games CAN make dumb people, violent. They also CAN exercise your reflexes.
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April 28, 2010 4:07:12 AM

will99If we allow elderly to play games, we might have a transition from modern warfare to call of duty 2. Out of stuborness they ll keep telling us the old ways are better...And it keeps me wondering how the tide of the elderly will effect the war between activision - Respawn..

We should have that transition anyways; COD2 was the best in the series.
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April 28, 2010 3:10:42 PM

tallguy1618We should have that transition anyways; COD2 was the best in the series.


I would have to agree. I play COD4 the most, since it has some features / gameplay / graphics that are better than COD2, but I played a lot of COD2 back in the day. My only gripe with it was the near perfect hip-fire accuracy of the KAR98 (which was a 1 hit kill with crazy range), which everybody who was any good used way too often.
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April 29, 2010 9:51:53 AM

ElCdtYep, games are giving birth to a whole generation of little Einsteins. Just look at WoW, it´s riddled with rocket scientists! Oh wait...


Wow = third person MMORPG the blood/gore is nothing near something like Quake 3 or Doom 4. MMO's you do nothing save for telling character what to do, FPS you do the aiming and whatnot and allows deeper immersion into it. You think for shit in WOW, in any FPS you have to think about what your next move is going to be (Save for Modern Shitfare 2)

Also, I think the nurses wouldn't be happy at the massive amounts of toiletries being used for the loss of bowl control during scary moments or jaw droppingly epic ones.
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