Is Your Brain Too Old For Video Games?



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Thompson, Joseph J., Mark R. Blair, and Andrew J. Henrey. “Over the hill at 24: persistent age-related cognitive-motor decline in reaction times in an ecologically valid video game task begins in early adulthood.” PloS one 9.4 (2014): e94215.

Thompson, Joseph J., et al. “Video game telemetry as a critical tool in the study of complex skill learning.” PloS one 8.9 (2013): e75129.

Lewis, Joshua M., Patrick Trinh, and David Kirsh. “A corpus analysis of strategy video game play in starcraft: Brood war.” Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the cognitive science society. 2011.

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26 Comments

  • "Is Your Brain Too Old For Video Games?" #clickbait "Is Your Brain Too Old For Competitive Gaming?" much better.

    Gabriel Dirie
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • If it's minecraft

    ………uhh……

    No

    haik dog
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • The obvious answer is Adderall

    Justanotherguy Here
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • What’s up fellow gamers 😝✌️

    Gacha Alison ツ
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • You should ZOOM OUT on that chart. That is seriously skewing the information to show a much more severe drop than is actual reality.
    The same studies show that the actual millisecond to action interval displacement is far wider spaced horizontally and it isn't until ages 60+ where we see any sort of measurable drop in processing speed from the brain.
    The chart should basically read almost like a straight line after 25 and only in males (until 60), where as females had fully developed brain processing functions at a much earlier age and long after 60.

    T Prime
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • yes

    deepshant khandare
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Can u convince my mom to now let me play Fortnite every day?

    xboxgamingbro
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • I'm 44 and play many generes plus this gen cheats buys extras have to use there buddy's on online especially in games like gta and star wars .

    walter jose
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • I slowed down at playing video games somewhere in my mid 20s, I still play them but no where near as much as before my 20s.

    Syntax Logic
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Video games dsnt require much brain work of human but they require high computational processing power…..playing in 144 fps and in 50 fps make lots of differences

    harman bawa
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • 2:40 I actually had to pause the video for a moment when TotalBiscuit appeared on camera, I still think about him from time to time, I don't believe in an afterlife so what happened to him so suddenly and being so young still affects me a little bit.

    Jacktrack7
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • 0:49 the better question is, why do people want to become experts at playing video games?

    Robert Ridley
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Dude you can never be too old to playeven when you're about to die from old age you can still play some video games before you die. 👍

    Sandworm Sandwhale
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • The better you are at something, the more it becomes your job and less a hobby (fun).

    Damie M
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • older players have jobs

    Relaxed State Of Mind
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • I was just listening to the vid until I heard a familiar voice. It was TotalBiscuit… 😢

    azb
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Incontrol <3

    ecknareal
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • I'd rather watch someone else play the new games. It's not worth the investment of time for me anymore. Sometimes I'll remember a game that I played growing up and I'll play it for nostalgia, but I can't get into anything new. Most new games that I try, I play ten minutes and I'm already bored. I do keep my gaming PC because I do love racing sims once in a while. Casual games appeal to me more now. Something I can play for ten minutes here and there. Nowadays I'd rather be working on car audio projects for my cars and for my friends cars. I'd rather have a hobby that's physical and in the real world, one with tangible goals and outcomes.

    clutch736
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • I miss TB

    Nathan Tompson
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Oh man, just saw totalbiscuit and got real sad. RIP.

    Kyle Smith
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • WTF is starcraft lol

    Kanye East
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • depressing. thanks

    Tznick
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • the average gamer is 15

    FIGHTFANNERD9.I'm Gay for Moonbin
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Do you play Free Fire?
    : Yes=Like,No=Comment

    Ninja Gaming FF
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • Mr PBS the reflexes are an advantage for young gamers as are well…learning new tricks better than old dogs. However…
    Look at game that remained the same as the years went on like Halo. For over ten years there was a plethora of players that remained at the apex from 20 to 30yrs old. Their stats and knowledge of halo could then overcome the reflexes and dexterity of young gamers.

    RyanB Reppucci
    Posted June 26, 2020
  • In short, the most important factor is this.

    “Time”

    Am 24 years old and work in my career and had not touched my gaming console in Months. I finally decided to pull it out and play god of war and had it on the hardest difficulty. It literally took me hours to get pass the first part. Of course, I could eventually get better. But that would literally take me forever and forever I don’t have. It’s literally a full time job. To even top that, even if you did fully beat the game on the hardest difficulty, what the hell is the reward that we get? It accomplishes nothing. Yeah Just a psn trophy and that’s it. It’s just meaningless. The only reason why we will get competitive is the to get a real reward like money or something. Another reason is for the thrill of it and that’s it. or a contest or enjoying a competition with your friends in call of duty or something.

    But when you grow up and life gets in the way and you only have “time” to get competitive in your career, and keep your wife and family happy. That’s life.

    Here’s the plot twist, it’s like I still wanna enjoy video games still and play as many as I can because there’s so many amazing games coming out that are like movies. So what I do is just put them on the easiest difficulty to get by all of them quickly.

    Games are meant to be enjoyed when your looking for some entertainment and bring stimulate enjoyment, NOT FEEL LIKE A SECOND JOB!!!!!!!!!!!

    Justin Santiago
    Posted June 26, 2020

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