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Top 7... ways games can transform you into a superior human being

If there was ever a greater feeling in the world than that of levelling up, we are yet to experience it. From the chorus that chimes in World of Warcraft to the heavy rock riff of Modern Warfare 2, you know that for all your hard work you just got a little more badass.

Whilst this is true of your in-game avatars, it’s also true of you and your own abilities themselves. Increasing with each and every game, your own attributes are advancing as gaming teaches you to ‘level-up’ yourself in ways that make you almost super-human. Look below to see just what abilities video games enhance to transform you into a superior human being.


7. Games give you heightened concentration

So, the end credits roll, 30gs or another trophy pops up on the screen, you sit back and smile as you have another blockbuster title under your belt. Placing the controller down, you see four cups of cold tea on the side, your dinner in the bin and an angry note from your significant other stuck to your head.  When the hell did all this happen? Feel some pride my friend, as you have been in ‘The Zone.’

The zone, reserved for only the mightiest of brains is a zen-like state entered into when you are able to completely block off the world around you, become utterly absorbed in your mission and focus entirely on the task at hand.

Only through years of training can you learn this art that allows you to transcend what was previously thought humanly possible and reach the ultimate state of concentration. Through gaming you learn to do this on a daily basis, for several consecutive hours, sometimes whilst drunk.


6. Games make you more intelligent

If you lack a basic level of intelligence that makes going about your daily business confusing and overwhelming, fear not, playing games can and will increase your brain power to that of a veritable Einstein. With games specifically designed to give your brain a workout to games that teach the importance of tactics, prioritising and economics, gaming makes you smarter, fact!

Ploughing hundreds of hours of gaming into your beloved medium of choice keeps your brain working overtime when other folk, non-gaming folk, use this time to sleep or...  stare at things? Sleeping and staring at things does nothing to work the little guys upstairs and wastes valuable time you could be expanding your mind gaming. Much like a muscle, the more you work your brain the stronger it becomes and the more brain power you have, the more intelligent you are. It’s just simple science people.  

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51 comments

  • greenjoker - April 18, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    interesting and humorous article...i like your guys' writing on this site. i always thought games since nes days games always had a way to teach something...imagine how games are just going to progress and look from this point...ah technology.
  • thamil_ponnu - April 9, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    and no I am not a Buddhist.
  • thamil_ponnu - April 9, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    ignorant dogs. Really. dont you think that the lord buddhas image used here is a little offensive? Do you know that there is a religion called Buddhism exist?
  • DavidELDiablo - April 5, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    All those points are correct, through games I have learned determination and never giving up when the odds are against you. And the game I learned that from was WoW, leveling a priest as your first true toon on a pvp server for your first time in WoW from 1-80 is a long and arduous task.
  • Azated - March 26, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    I agree that games help your reflexes and sight. I've had times when a friend came over to play some MW2 online, and they just stood there looking at the wall while the sniper i saw 5 minutes ago shoots their ass to next prestige. I'm often amazed at how little non-gamers see when they play FPS games. I just sit there looking dumbstruck that they didn't see that assassin hiding in the grass next to the big boulder.
  • noobeater - March 16, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    hahah point 5 is actually a really intriging idea, oh and i can do all nighters on consoles easy a great article
  • nikrusty - March 13, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    LOL Captcha - parties the
  • secretsearcher - March 12, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    hmmmm not my favorite article. not a fan at all actually.
  • CrossF1re215 - March 12, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    Perfect excuses thanks GR reCAPTCHA: driving blindfolded
  • Imfliba - March 10, 2010 5:30 p.m.

    Yeh, even though he said ACOG, not holographic OR red dot. Great article though
  • GrandTheftAuto - March 10, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    @ iamsoawesome27 It was just an example the pic had nothing to do with that famas line because 1. No thats not holographic its Red dot sight (yes almost same i know) and 2. The weapon is not anywhere near a Famas its a L86 LSW
  • iamawesome27 - March 9, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    I don't play it very often, so I'm not sure if I'm right, but in that Modern Warfare 2 screenshot, wasn't that a holographic sight, not an ACOG scope?
  • kingofspades94 - March 9, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    SMT increased my reasoning skills, so what now? Yeah, that's right.
  • reveffect - March 9, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    the stamina thing also helps with bladder control a lot. when i was a small child before i got into gaming, holding my pee was like trying to lift a car with my bare hands. once i was like 8 and the hardcore gamer within me started to shine i could hold it for hours on end. thanks video games.
  • reveffect - March 9, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    i love this article because all of it is true and it is very hard to explain thi kind of thing to non gamers. i have done these kinds of things plenty of times. i even get in the zone when people are talking to me and i tend to focus only on the person talking. when i was in the 11th grade one of my teachers even noticed it. i had the same blank emtionless expression on my face like when im playing a game while he was talking and he stopped to ask me if why i looked like that and if i was listening.
  • american101 - March 9, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    "The Zone" to me is like my happy place... nothing can get in, and nothing can't get out. in other words, its an odd feeling when getting in and out of it.
  • SUCKxITxEZ - March 9, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    #4 is so true. started playing bioshock at 10pm and finished the game by 9am
  • staceyk - March 9, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    Great article. http://www.electroniccigarettesinc.com
  • philipshaw - March 9, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    I agree with number 7, I just had the same thing happen last Friday when I beat Heavy Rain
  • Nisan - March 9, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    oh and JizzyB, ive gamed oh WoW for 36 hours straight running on nothing but pure coffee that was brought to me.

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