Sky's the limit for video gamers, say scientists
'SHOOT 'em up' video games can train players to make the right decisions more quickly, according to a study.
Playing fast-paced action games produces a "heightened sensitivity" which improves not just game-playing but also the ability to drive, navigate, multitask, follow a friend in a crowd or even read "the small print", scientists claimed.
The study will delight video gamers, who are often told their bedroom-bound game-playing is a waste of time.
A group of 18- to 25-year-old non-game players were split into two by cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester, New York, with half playing 50 hours of shooting games 'Call Of Duty 2' and 'Unreal Tournament', and the other half playing 50 hours of the strategy game 'The Sims 2'.
The participants were then given various tests, such as deciding whether a group of dots on a screen was moving right or left. The researchers found the first group became 25pc faster.
Co-author Daphne Bavelier said: "Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.