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#1 Jul 07 2012 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
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Facerolling my keyboard hasn't made me an awful lot smarter.
#3 Jul 07 2012 at 1:39 PM Rating: Good
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Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.
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Madden (insert number here that lets you pretend it is a different game from the previous entry) disagrees, Mazra.
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I was talking about serious video games, though. Smiley: schooled

Video games with content that we can't experience in the real world. Anyone can go out and kick a football. You can't exactly go out and fly a spaceship or slay dragons. That's the stuff that makes you smarter. Everybody knows that sports and intelligence don't mix.
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Mazra wrote:
Anyone can go out and kick a football.
Charlie Brown can't. What do you have against Charlie Brown?! Smiley: mad
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He's a cartoon character, that's what!
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Mazra wrote:
Everybody knows that sports and intelligence don't mix.


ESPN televises the National Spelling Bee. I feel that's a pretty good mix of sports and intelligence.
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Man,

The national spelling bee is the best thing to ever air on the "Ocho". The abject terror on the kids face when they don't know the answer, the disappointment of the parents, & the whole deal is what reality TV should be.
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Frankly, I suspect the premise is right. As a retired person in that referenced age group, and also active in WOW guild activities, I think the challenge of both problem solving and socializing keeps me connected.

On the other hand I'm egotistical enough to think I fall into the group whose cognitive function was already high, so I don't know that I can say it has IMPROVED my function significantly. Helped maintain, yes. Improved, doubtful
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Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P
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MentalFrog wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P


Are you saying WoW doesn't stimulate the brain? Smiley: wink
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Mazra wrote:
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Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P


Are you saying WoW doesn't stimulate the brain? Smiley: wink

Are you saying Mental is wrong? Smiley: cool

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cynyck wrote:
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MentalFrog wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P


Are you saying WoW doesn't stimulate the brain? Smiley: wink

Are you saying Mental is wrong? Smiley: cool


Are you saying he's right? Smiley: sly
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....really bad echo in here lately......
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Mazra wrote:
cynyck wrote:
Mazra wrote:
MentalFrog wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P


Are you saying WoW doesn't stimulate the brain? Smiley: wink

Are you saying Mental is wrong? Smiley: cool


Are you saying he's right? Smiley: sly

Are you saying that he's saying that you're saying that he is?
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Third base.
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smunks wrote:
Mazra wrote:
cynyck wrote:
Mazra wrote:
MentalFrog wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Anything that stimulates the brain makes you "smarter," so I'd be surprised if video games didn't.


So you're saying WoW doesn't make you smarter? :P


Are you saying WoW doesn't stimulate the brain? Smiley: wink

Are you saying Mental is wrong? Smiley: cool


Are you saying he's right? Smiley: sly

Are you saying that he's saying that you're saying that he is?


No. He's saying that I'm saying that he's wrong.
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It maked me smarterer!
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It maked me smarterer!
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Ollamnh wrote:
....really bad echo in here lately......


Shush! I'm talking to myself here.
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lolgaxe wrote:
Mazra wrote:
Anyone can go out and kick a football.
Charlie Brown can't. What do you have against Charlie Brown?! Smiley: mad


I believe that Peter Griffin resolved this problem, Roadhouse-style.
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I haven't yet read the article (I will I promise.) but I wonder though out of everyone they questioned, how many had been involved with computers in the earlier years (punch cards, 80/88s, etc...)

I wonder though, (and ladym01 may have already heard about this) is there a relation towards specific activities improving brain function. Locally an Alzheimers group is utilizing a storytelling method as a form of brain exercise and therapy for a group, and its been incredibly successful. Now, there may be a connection between what brain functions that therapeutic activity is accessing, that correlates to the brain area that WoW players are accessing - that is yielding these positive results.
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Punch cards must be the birth of computers (brings back memories of Moonbase Alpha, not that I was alive when it aired, but I've watched it since). When I think of early days computers, I'm thinking single core CPU's and MHz.

It's crazy how fast this industry has evolved. My first PC was an Intel Pentium 133. The number refers to the processing speed: 133 MHz. Now I'm running 3,800 MHz on four cores. I'm also downloading a game from some server on the other side of the planet with a speed equivalent to one Worms: Armageddon game every other second. And that's slow by today's standards.

Man, I can't wait to see what happens in the future. Assuming we don't blow each other up first.
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If you don't want trolled in trade you learn some spelling/grammar skills.
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fronglo wrote:
If you don't want trolled in trade you learn some spelling/grammar skills.


Smiley: dubious
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Mazra wrote:
Punch cards must be the birth of computers (brings back memories of Moonbase Alpha, not that I was alive when it aired, but I've watched it since). When I think of early days computers, I'm thinking single core CPU's and MHz.

It's crazy how fast this industry has evolved. My first PC was an Intel Pentium 133. The number refers to the processing speed: 133 MHz. Now I'm running 3,800 MHz on four cores. I'm also downloading a game from some server on the other side of the planet with a speed equivalent to one Worms: Armageddon game every other second. And that's slow by today's standards.

Man, I can't wait to see what happens in the future. Assuming we don't blow each other up first.

I remember buying 4 megabytes of memory because the 4MB I had wasn't enough to host LAN games of Hexen without dropping to less than 1 FPS in places. That's 4x1MB memory sticks. $20 each.

So, in a little over 15 years - during the lifespan of networked gaming - memory prices have fallen by approximately a factor of 1000.
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My first PC was a 2K Sinclair with an external 2K expander and cassette tape for storage. And now I run a desktop box with six-core AMD, 16 G and a 1.5 TB drive, - and at a year and a half, I'm beginning to wonder if its getting obsolete. For all that power, a couple of times a week playing WoW, the box simply freezes and has to be manually rebooted. Nobody seems to be able to come up with a good reason, although I suspect some sort of graphic overload.
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Commodore VIC-20. Games on tape were win; except my parents wouldn't let me turn the tape over myself. I had to call one of them to do it. Smiley: frown

Also, something about a study on how MMOs help you process information and make a decision in a more timely manner.
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