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People who are good at video games are more intelligent



Two popular video games act like IQ tests, with the most intelligent players gaining the highest scores, research has shown.

Both games, League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) involve chess-like strategic thinking.

Scientists discovered that high levels of skill in both games correlated with having a high IQ.

A similar association has been seen between IQ and chess performance.

Two popular video games act like IQ tests, with the most intelligent players gaining the highest scores, research has shown. Both games, League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) involve chess-like strategic thinking

Professor Alex Wade, from the University of York, said: ‘Games such as League of Legends and DOTA 2 are complex, socially-interactive and intellectually demanding.

‘Our research would suggest that your performance in these games can be a measure of intelligence.

‘Research in the past has pointed to the fact that people who are good at strategy games such as chess tend to score highly at IQ tests.

‘Our research has extended this to games that millions of people across the planet play every day.’

League of Legends and DOTA 2 are both Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or Mobas, action strategy war games typically involving two opposing teams of five individuals

VIOLENT SHOOTER GAMES CAN ‘DAMAGE YOUR BRAIN’

While this study claims video games are played by highly intelligent people, a  separate study in August found a certain type of game can ‘damage the brain’ 

The research found playing violent ‘shooter’ video games can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at the University of Montreal got around 100 people to play a range of popular ‘shooter’ games such as Call Of Duty, Killzone and Borderlands 2 for a total of 90 hours.

They also gave them copes of non-violent games from the Super Mario series.

By the end of the study, they found that people who habitually played action games had fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory center in the brain.

However, those who played non-violent games ended the study with more essential gray matter in their brains.

The discovery challenges previous findings that all video games have the capacity to enhance some aspects of mental processing and boost short-term memory.

League of Legends and DOTA 2 are both Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or Mobas, action strategy war games typically involving two opposing teams of five individuals.

In one study, the York team matched performance in League of Legends with scores from standard pen-and-paper intelligence tests.

Another part of the research analysed data from large groups of thousands of people playing the games.

The researchers found that First Person Shooter games in which players view the action through the eyes of characters they control did not demonstrate the same link with IQ

The researchers found that First Person Shooter games in which players view the action through the eyes of characters they control did not demonstrate the same link with IQ.

York PhD student Athanasios Kokkinakis, the study’s lead author, said: ‘Unlike First Person Shooter (FPS) games where speed and target accuracy are a priority, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas rely more on memory and the ability to make strategic decisions taking into account multiple factors.’

The findings appear in the journal Public Library of Science ONE.

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