Sorry, parents – video games are good for the mind
For some time now, it’s been one of those “well-known facts” that playing video games increases one’s hand-eye coordination… much to the consternation of parents and spouses trying to convince family members that their obsessive gaming has no redeeming value. Now, research conducted at the University of Rochester indicates that playing action video games also increases peoples’ ability to make the right decisions faster. Ironically, an activity that involves sitting on the couch helps people to think on their feet.
Google’s expectation that certain employees have reached high-level character development on World of Warcraft prior to becoming eligible for employment turns out to have been a pretty decent hunch…