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World of Warcraft Improves Cognitive Ability for Older Adults

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February 26, 2012 3:27:38 PM

Now some of you know why I still play the game. 7 accounts worth lol.
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February 26, 2012 3:50:13 PM

I'd like to see these tests compared against Portal 2 co op
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February 26, 2012 4:00:43 PM

I say bull. Nothing but hawthorne effect here.
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February 26, 2012 4:09:51 PM

castle songbirdI'd like to see these tests compared against Portal 2 co op

The only problem is that Portal 2 co-op is only 5hrs of gameplay while WoW can be played even 300hrs and you can still have things to do
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February 26, 2012 4:11:50 PM

Kinda like tuning a Chevy vs. trying to get some more speed out of a Ferrari Enzo.
If course it's easier to improve on those with lousy basic performance.
Now go and research something that common sense does not answer :-)
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February 26, 2012 4:15:42 PM

More or less common sense. It is well known that if you keep your mind busy solving problems and learning new things, your cognitive ability will improve. WoW is nothing more than a giant problem in this case.
nforce4maxNow some of you know why I still play the game. 7 accounts worth lol.

$105/month?! I can understand one account easily, I can also understand 2 accounts. If I stretch it a bit, I can even comprehend three accounts. But 7 accounts?

I think its about time you find something else to do with your time and money.
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February 26, 2012 4:16:21 PM

syndThe only problem is that Portal 2 co-op is only 5hrs of gameplay while WoW can be played even 300hrs and you can still have things to do




...mods
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February 26, 2012 4:45:51 PM

Sounds great. You can also achieve cognitive improvement by reading regularly, or listening to really good music, and let us not forget engaging in frequent good conversation with friends. All these improve cognitive abilities.
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February 26, 2012 4:46:54 PM

lol @ the thumbs up/down. Wonder who did that(only 1 comment with thumbs up XD)?
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February 26, 2012 4:57:46 PM

syndThe only problem is that Portal 2 co-op is only 5hrs of gameplay while WoW can be played even 300hrs and you can still have things to do


The gameplay wildly varies on portal 2, but on wow, you'll be doing the same thing over and over and over while a graphically different enemy with essentially the same abilities will extend your 'gameplay'

The only varied gameplay you will find is in PvP, but that is a complete mess and is very repetitive at lower ranks.
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February 26, 2012 5:31:49 PM

i don't think anybody gonna read this but
i like turtles
like alot
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February 26, 2012 6:07:24 PM

they should play something like starcraft.
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February 26, 2012 6:13:25 PM

Blizzard probably sponsored the study.
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February 26, 2012 6:14:35 PM

why WoW but not mmo in general ?
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February 26, 2012 6:52:17 PM

Walking? Gardening? Low impact aerobics? No!

World of Warcraft? Yes!
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February 26, 2012 9:08:06 PM

esreverthey should play something like starcraft.

I was going to say the exact same thing.
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February 26, 2012 10:25:25 PM

one hours helps your brain over 2 weeks. thats great, too bad it destroys your ability to be socially significant over time.
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February 26, 2012 10:53:51 PM

:) ) i can only imagine what it would feel like knowing the entire clan you lost to involved grandpa and all his old pals from the war.
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February 26, 2012 11:19:26 PM

Studies show playing wow can lead to obesity and carpal tunnel.
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February 26, 2012 11:55:50 PM

WoW also create lazy, big fat idiots that spend countless living hours infront of a computer screen.
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February 27, 2012 2:15:52 AM

The cognitive benefits in this game are nowhere near the amount that one can get from Starcraft 2.
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February 27, 2012 3:17:50 AM

Ok people we need a game! This study will go nowhere without a game that really makes ya "think" . I was thinking farmville but idk maybe not the best choice. Well my cousin says WOW is the best game...
YES, I have heard of that game so it MUST be a good one.
Ok people set these old ppl up with some WOW accounts (remember to login for them, its hard and not part of the test).
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February 27, 2012 5:03:43 AM

these so called scientists can't make up their minds....one day they say that games are bad for you then the next that they are food for you....so which one is it?
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February 27, 2012 5:41:07 AM

1. "What? Another go collect 5 X from Y forest quest? They call this a game???"
2. *Writes letter of formal complaint to Blizzard*
3. *Cognitive ability improved!*
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February 27, 2012 11:29:39 AM

Some strategy would be better.
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February 27, 2012 3:29:54 PM

Zingam

"Well, if they are lying down all day long and waiting to die like my grandma, playing WoW can actually make them smarter!"

If they are really getting smart then they will stop playing and get a real life...
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February 27, 2012 5:22:21 PM

I don't remember 'cognitive ability' being in my stats or any skill trees.......must be a hunter weapon.
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February 27, 2012 7:09:54 PM

Quote:
i don't think anybody gonna read this but
i like turtles
like alot


turtle haters
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February 27, 2012 8:19:49 PM

I do play WoW and notice improvements in my cognitive abilities but I don't remember my password anymore,,, huh what are we talking about?
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February 27, 2012 8:21:04 PM

computernerdforlifeWoW also create lazy, big fat idiots that spend countless living hours infront of a computer screen.

Coming from someone who's handle is "computernerdforlife"? oh the irony!
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February 27, 2012 10:23:40 PM

^^^ Funny! ;) 
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February 28, 2012 3:17:38 PM

If you know Dexter, unless he's plotting to kill someone on his Mac book or overworking like me, he's not on a computer. That's me - a social nerd that is only on his PC at work because of my career. You should spend your time at night drinking a beer/wine and enjoying life outside your computer walls.

Thank you for the attention to my name. Posted at work.
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