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Do games make human smarter?

in what way, or why?

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    Jul 24 2012: It does make some people smarter. It depends on the impact of the games on its players.
    Games are means of bonding between two or more humans playing it; games helps a player to relax and release from stress; games helps the reflexes, helps in mental awareness and alertness; helps in creativity and logic.
    Positive impact makes the player smarter. Negative impact has its results.
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      Jul 24 2012: I've been noticing a lot of your posts, man. I think you bring up a good perspective and have a very good understanding of the social side of things and people's relationships.

      I've taken a game studies class in my college last semester, and we've discussed things like why are games "fun." And while there are the technical side of things, a lot of it has to do with human psychological behavior and the social aspect of people put together in one environment.
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    Jul 25 2012: I disagree that games make human smarter. This is because games make people to confuse real world and cyber world. In today's world, many game industries make computer games and video games. However, they are usually unrealistic and even cruel because people,especially teenagers, tend to play those games in order to relieve their stress that caused by studying or working. From the perspective of game industries, they want to make more profit by making those games that many people love to play. But, by playing those games for a long time frequently, people can get confused between real world and cyber world. This is similar with movies. The reason why many people want action movies or fantasy movies is because they want to overcome certain situation in their real life. In movies, main character or hero/heroine overcome hardship by putting unrealistical situation or power. Once people frequently exposed to those games, they cannot figure out what the reality is. This can cause very serious problems. For example, one of Thai students, Paulwat, murdered taxi driver by stabbing more than ten times with knife. The reason shocked many people because he simply wondered whether he can steal taxi just as the game called Grand Theft Auto does. This severe things happen not only in Taiwan but also many other countries. There are many news taking about murders caused by confusion between game and the reality. In this regard, i believe games that are prevalent nowadays make people to think less realistically and thus will result serious problems.
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    Jul 24 2012: No. Not any more than going to church makes you a christian or going to a hospital makes you a doctor. However, any exercise of the brain is never a bad thing. The warning is "all things in moderation".

    All the best. Bob.
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      Jul 30 2012: Games played well can definately increase one;s ability vis a vis the previous capacity. I used to tell my children that their brain was their strongest muscle. we all knew that it was not really a muscle but this expression urged them to exercise it partially because it contolled all the other muscles.
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    Jul 24 2012: There are twenty-one TED talks you may find interesting about games and gaming.

    Aside from the potential value of games in teaching and learning, the fact that games are "play" links games to the recognized value of play as part of a creative life.
    As with all potentially beneficial activities, balance is key. Study, travel, working at new skills, exercise ... all have positive cognitive impact.
    So using every minute you have, for example, to play games would likely not leave you smarter than engaging in a variety of eye-opening, health-promoting, and challenging activities.
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    Jul 24 2012: IN MY VIEW:
    Involvement in any activity will enhance over all understand of that thing. Repetition will enhance reflex action. creativity and much more but even after all these I can't be much sure about being smart. If he/she is smart gaming may not be their right choice of fun time activity.
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      Jul 24 2012: Are you saying that smart children / people should not play games in their leisure time, because the repetitive actions in games do not foster creativity and intelligence? I somewhat disagree with you here.

      As for PC, console, and online games -- the good ones are not only about repeating things and instant gratification after correctly applying the learned reflexes. Games are also about solving riddles, finding suitable strategies... and you can inlcude a lot of history or social problems in games and let players experience real-life issues in the context of virtual worlds!

      As for board and card games, the players are equally required to find the best strategies to win and to outsmart their opponents. A poker face can likewise be a useful tool in real-world situations, where you would not want your emotions to surface -- but that is just an example.
  • Jul 25 2012: I think the idea behind the question is wrong. The idea behind this question is, that intellect is so to say "unlimited". But is it, or does each person have a personal intellectual limit. I think we are limited, so we can not get smarter than we are.

    And games have limitations too-you have to follow specific rules to play. You can win a game without knowing how you won it, because even without thinking the chance is high that you gonna perform an action sooner or later that matches the rule and you gonna proceed.

    I think based on these limitations games will not make whomever smarter, because they do not provide that many random situations like the real life does. So what happens when you are forced thinking in limitations and confronted with a world (the video game is the world here) that has limited options of choice and does not allow new strategies to solve a situation? You gonna get less smart, because you are locked and being smart won't change anything. Why waste energy on solution seeking, when you will not benefit from these?

    Video games lack evolution, and if they did not, they would bore us, because they would not let us escape from reality anymore. We play because we want to stop thinking, worrying or whatever.
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    Jul 25 2012: When I think games I think chess, cards, or any number of board games. Strategy games. Those I think make people smarter, simply because they are using their brains for two things, 1) to map out future possibilities, and 2) to anticipate the actions of the other gamers. This means that a gamer is simultaneously learning how to play the game to the best of his/her ability, and learning the ability of the other players. Thus it is a process of both gathering information, exercising (strengthening), and applying that knowledge - often very quickly - to make decisions with an anticpated outcome.

    So thus, I think games make a lot of us smarter.

    Except for guys like me, who never learn and keep leaving their queen exposed all the time and getting checkmated in 10 moves!
  • Jul 25 2012: Some thoughts...

    All of the higher mammals learn through play, think of cute little panda cubs rolling in the leaves, tiny monkeys flinging poo, play is an essential part of development. humans are no exception.

    As we age and gain psycological complexity, so do our games. It allows the modeling of situations, and the practice of them, without actually encountering them. It allows the development of skill specific traits during the down-time, or relaxation time, of the child. Watch the play of a growing child develop through predictable levels as the various parts of his brain neurons continue to mylenate, and you will see the corellation between play and learning.

    i would thus argue that the value of play, and of games, in learning is very high. Conversely, I would assert that in an instant pleasure culture like ours games could become the purpose of life rather than practice for it. this would be as potentially damaging as any sensory addiction.

    I suppose I'm saying that games are to the mind as salt is to the body, necessary, but in the right amount.

    Regards.
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    Jul 24 2012: A lot of games like Tanka said, makes you do repetitive things. There are still game studies going on that are trying to figure out how these games can be beneficial to make the correct parts of the brain more active.

    And there are such things as "mindless games" too, that exhibit no real brain activity I suppose lol.

    I don't know what the newest studies show, but we need to identify why certain games or features in the game causes certain parts of the brain to be active as opposed to a mindless total grindfest.