Video game playing found beneficial for the brain

Playing the Super Mario 64 video game causes increased size in brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills, a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus has found.

The positive effects of video gaming may also be useful in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.

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DestinyHeroDoomlord972d ago

No doubt, but physically I see no benefit

FlyingFoxy972d ago

There was another article saying it's good for better controlling your dreams (supposedly) as well as increasing reaction times in the real world. So physically it would help then, even if only a little bit.

Thehyph972d ago

I read a good study about this back in 2006 or so.

Competitive gameplay has been found to increase alpha waves in the brain just like in competitive sports.

I thoroughly believed it at the time because I was doing league play for cs1.6 then. If you didn't get psyched and bring your A-game then the whole team suffers.

DestinyHeroDoomlord972d ago

I can see hand eye co-ordination, but like you said only a little. Since it doesn't actually build your muscles (could be wrong).

Stoppokingme972d ago

It's called lucid dreaming, and it's awesome.

Thehyph972d ago


You do retain muscle memory though. The more you practice at something specific, the faster you can react to it. Whether or not that translates into a quicker coordination versus random events: I don't know.

hay972d ago

Strongly improves hand-eye coordination, which improves your physical self-awareness, precision, reflexes, creates new synaptic links with each new game played, world visited, story lived. Makes brain pretty much used to creating new neural paths. It allows you to simulate alternatives, therefore be more aware of the future, interactions and so on.
Real life physical benefits are pretty impressive.

ninjahunter971d ago

I read something in regards to high teir Strategic, and fighting game players having reaction times 1/5th the length of the standard person.

However, it seems that it takes a lot of training to get there, and the standard butt sitter wont see similar gains.

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NarooN972d ago

Play DDR. You'll see a nice physical benefit then, lol.

DestinyHeroDoomlord972d ago

Me and my one friend played it religiously when I was a bit younger, after the first weeks pain we definitely saw the benefit haha

DestinyHeroDoomlord972d ago

When I'm talking about no physical benefits, I'm referring to the standard 'sit and play'

ElementX972d ago

Next week video games will be found to cause cancer. Seriously there are conflicting reports every other week

rezzah972d ago

I assume because the effects are not singular, meaning some changes will be bad while others good.

ElementX972d ago

How about the back and forth arguing about violence and video games?

rezzah972d ago

That is perception of individuals. Regardless of something being stated good or bad there will always be people who argue the opposite.

boya3gob94972d ago (Edited 972d ago )

I made an informative speech about benefit of video games once. Got an A and the professor said it was one of the best speeches.

And yes video games can have both physical and mental benefits.

TheEnigma313972d ago

Games are good for the brain. Try playing a game like Braid. Your problem solving skill will be greatly increased after beating that one.

Ares84HU972d ago

You won't see this on FOX news.

Dlacy13g972d ago

Sadly I doubt many news stations will do anything with this...

obelix01972d ago

But you would see a news special by a stupid blonde telling everyone how video games are destroying Americas youth.

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