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(Medical Xpress)   New study says that kids who play interactive video games will react better and faster to getting their tails kicked at recess   (medicalxpress.com) divider line 15
    More: Obvious, interactive game, motor skills, University of Wollongong, postdoctoral researcher, pilot study, physical activity levels, Kid 'n Play  
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2012-07-24 09:00:29 AM
interactive video games

wut
 
2012-07-24 09:44:33 AM
It's pretty obvious when you think about it - who has better reflexes? The one who goes down a slide, or the one that plays competitively against other people or a computer in a game that even a fraction of a second can cost you the win? It's like an exercise regimen for your brain.

In my experience, non-gamers can't even keep up with what's happening on the screen, but a gamer can keep track of all 15 players on the map with decent accuracy and quickly develop plans to deal with them.

/not always good plans, but plans all the same
 
2012-07-24 09:58:37 AM

Coolfusis: It's pretty obvious when you think about it - who has better reflexes? The one who goes down a slide, or the one that plays competitively against other people or a computer in a game that even a fraction of a second can cost you the win? It's like an exercise regimen for your brain.

In my experience, non-gamers can't even keep up with what's happening on the screen, but a gamer can keep track of all 15 players on the map with decent accuracy and quickly develop plans to deal with them.


In before people who have never played video games at any competent level tell you that you're wrong.
 
2012-07-24 10:38:02 AM
anongallery.org
 
2012-07-24 12:17:06 PM
So.... kids who play physically active computer games have better reflexes then kids who sit on their butt all day. However, do the video game playing kids have better reflexes than those children who play outside all day (i.e. playing kickball, stickball, tag, or chasing dragonflies by the lake?)
 
2012-07-24 12:21:59 PM

Mike_LowELL: Coolfusis: It's pretty obvious when you think about it - who has better reflexes? The one who goes down a slide, or the one that plays competitively against other people or a computer in a game that even a fraction of a second can cost you the win? It's like an exercise regimen for your brain.

In my experience, non-gamers can't even keep up with what's happening on the screen, but a gamer can keep track of all 15 players on the map with decent accuracy and quickly develop plans to deal with them.

In before people who have never played video games at any competent level tell you that you're wrong.


I consider myself a competent games player (I've been playing since Space invaders and the zx-81 era) but my 5 year old son still kicks my @ss in COD. WTF? Maybe I'm getting to old...
 
2012-07-24 12:22:05 PM

Arthur Jumbles: So.... kids who play physically active computer games have better reflexes then kids who sit on their butt all day. However, do the video game playing kids have better reflexes than those children who play outside all day (i.e. playing kickball, stickball, tag, or chasing dragonflies by the lake?)


Don't be silly. Most states have outlawed kickball, tag, or any other activity which might hurt one snowflakes self esteem by calling them "it" or "out".

/hilarious consequence of the nanny state is they will be called far far worse online.
 
2012-07-24 12:33:56 PM

weapon13: I consider myself a competent games player (I've been playing since Space invaders and the zx-81 era) but my 5 year old son still kicks my @ss in COD. WTF? Maybe I'm getting to old...


In fairness, the difference between these control schemes...

www.pixelitis.net
upload.wikimedia.org

...and this one...

upload.wikimedia.org

...is pretty damn huge. I don't fault anyone who grew up with an older system and has a tough time with today's input.
 
2012-07-24 12:34:21 PM
I am shocked that exercising your motor and reaction skills causes higher skill level in real life. Just shocked.
This is why people who say video games are a waste of time piss me off. And I'm a 31 year old man who plays Skyrim or something like 2 hours a week.

Also, this is a shame, cause those playing video games are missing out on developing valuable looking skills.
 
2012-07-24 12:45:25 PM
pretty sure the only thing video games really do for us physically is give us arthritis later in life
 
2012-07-24 03:14:29 PM
*Insert fat kid DDR Dancing.gif*
 
2012-07-24 04:01:51 PM

Mike_LowELL: weapon13: I consider myself a competent games player (I've been playing since Space invaders and the zx-81 era) but my 5 year old son still kicks my @ss in COD. WTF? Maybe I'm getting to old...

In fairness, the difference between these control schemes...

[www.pixelitis.net image 600x300]
[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x450]

...and this one...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x246]

...is pretty damn huge. I don't fault anyone who grew up with an older system and has a tough time with today's input.


blogs.theage.com.au
lest ye forget

/what i grew up with (that and the commordore 64 - but had no stick, just keyboard - but loved teh shiiiiaatt out of:
farm5.static.flickr.com watch out for the potted plants down low - they come out of nowhere
//mostly get mega pwned playing halo (occasionally do amazing - sporatic at best)
///csb
 
2012-07-24 04:10:52 PM

Mike_LowELL: weapon13: I consider myself a competent games player (I've been playing since Space invaders and the zx-81 era) but my 5 year old son still kicks my @ss in COD. WTF? Maybe I'm getting to old...

In fairness, the difference between these control schemes...

[www.pixelitis.net image 600x300]
[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x450]

...and this one...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x246]

...is pretty damn huge. I don't fault anyone who grew up with an older system and has a tough time with today's input.


t0.gstatic.com

It's not complicated. You just suck!
 
2012-07-24 04:12:11 PM

inner ted: /what i grew up with (that and the commordore 64 - but had no stick, just keyboard - but loved teh shiiiiaatt out of:
farm5.static.flickr.com watch out for the potted plants down low - they come out of nowhere
//mostly get mega pwned playing halo (occasionally do amazing - sporatic at best)


Karate Champ requires 2 joysticks.

I will own ur ass in that game.
 
2012-07-24 11:12:44 PM
I credit my quick driving reflexes to the countless hours spent playing racing games.
 
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