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FPS games could improve your short term memory

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Video games. What are they good for? Absolutely nothin’! HWOAH! According to over zealous preachers and opportunistic politicians, video games will turn your kids into a bunch of social delinquents that will listen to the Parlatones. Frightening stuff. But one doctor who has done some research, thinks that a specific genre of games can actually help with your short term memory in the long run.

Dr. Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University in The Netherlands took a bunch of regular gamers and some complete novices according to Destructoid, and threw them into an experiment to test out that theory about a better short-term memory being linked to video games.

Published in Psychological Research magazine, the data gathered showed that FPS games “require players to develop a flexible mindset to rapidly react and monitor fast moving visual and auditory stimuli.”

Or you can watch this convenient video summary.

So remember, the next time you forget where you left your kids, go fire up some Halo, play for a few hours, and you’ll eventually remember where you last saw your toddlers.

Last Updated: April 30, 2013


  1. “video games will turn your kids into a bunch of social delinquents that will listen to the Parlotones. Frightening stuff..” Frightening stuff indeed….

    I rather enjoy a bit of Metal whilst in the process of decimating my enemies…


  2. Unavengedavo

    April 30, 2013 at 10:35

    I was going to comment on this, but I forgot what it was about :/


  3. HvR

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37

    Politicians confuse FPS and CoD. CoD will make your brian go to mush while listening to the Parlotones and the Justin Bieber as the same time while cutting yourself.


  4. Trevor Davies

    April 30, 2013 at 10:37

    What game is so bad that you’re forced to listen to the Parlotones?


    • HvR

      April 30, 2013 at 10:38

      AC Marines?


    • LordCaptainAwesomeness

      April 30, 2013 at 10:39

      Max Payne 3


    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      April 30, 2013 at 10:44

      Red Faction 2.


    • Sageville

      April 30, 2013 at 11:05

      Trick Question, no such game exists.


  5. Devon Stanton

    April 30, 2013 at 11:03

    I think studies like this are awe… SQUIRREL!


  6. Rince da Ref Lvl2

    April 30, 2013 at 11:21

    I remember watching this kid play CoD, he was swearing at this other player like a CoD can only. Little did he know that the other player was actually recording him… The other player then ended up playing BACK to the kid his fing and blinding. The kid didn’t even notice! Not very good memory…


  7. OnlineFPSmurderSIMmakeOVG:(

    April 30, 2013 at 11:55

    I heard another COD is coming out this year.
    This comment was cut and paste from 3 years ago.


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