IQ, Puzzle -solving and Video Games

For the video gamers, an article from Wired Magazine called “Dome Improvement” featured today at Arts & Letters Daily. Video games may be good practice for the problem-solving in modern IQ tests, and IQ tests measure skills in a cultural context.


2 responses to “IQ, Puzzle -solving and Video Games”

  1. Also, they will help me build the skills to beat the alien invaders and not even know I’m doing it because I will think it is only a game but it will be real and I will be commanding vast fleets of spacecraft and storm troopers. Knowing the truth helps me keep going.

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    Brave Kelso

    That’s the plot device at the heart of Orson Scott Card’s “Enders Game”. Also a plot device in “The Last Starfighter” (1984). Robert Preston played an alien secret agent named Centauri who recruits a teenager from Earth to battle the Kodon Armada and the Armies of Zool. Centauri had planted a video game in an arcade to test for the abilities to destroy enemy ships. A little Star Wars vibe in the training if I remember.