A new study shows that the Russian tile-matching puzzle video game may be good for something other than wasting hours and days. According to a report from The Atlantic, the game has been shown to “reduce the strength, frequency, and vividness of naturally occurring cravings”.
Doubtful? Consider this.
This course is called “Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim” and is being offered at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The course has students read translated versions of Old Norse and Old Icelandic Sagas as they play through specific quests in Skyrim. They then examine how medieval Scandinavian culture influenced Skyrim, and then look at what else in our lives might have been influenced by the same things. And it’s a pretty good strategy to teach the students this stuff, seeing as how they love Skyrim or just video games in general.
A team led by psychology professor Ian Spence at the University of Toronto reveals that playing an action videogame, even for a relatively short time, causes differences in brain activity and improvements in visual attention.