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People who play certain types of video games are smarter

Gamers often do not have a good reputation: Many people consider them lazy and lackluster. Then there is the prejudice that video games make you stupid. But there are now indications that gaming also has positive side effects.

For a study by the University of York, a team of researchers led by expert Alex Wade compared the effects of strategy games such as “League of Legends” and “Dota 2” with the well-known first-person shooters “Destiny” and “Battlefield 3”.

It turned out that the performance of the strategy players is directly related to a better performance in intelligence tests. The first-person shooter is different: Here, performance even declined in adulthood.

Games like "League of Legends" require a high level of social interaction

Complex games such as "Dota 2" and "League of Legends" demand an increased degree of social interaction from players. People who prefer strategy games have to make strategically favorable decisions that challenge memory and concentration. In the case of first-person shooters, on the other hand, it's all about speed and precision.

However, the researchers also observed that people with above-average skills in strategy games are often also above-average intelligent - but there is not necessarily a connection.