Researchers at the University of York have discovered a link between young people’s ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence. Studies carried out at the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at York found that some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests. The researchers’ findings are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The York researchers stress the studies have no bearing on questions such as whether playing computer games makes young people smarter or otherwise. They simply establish a correlation between skill at certain online games of strategy and intelligence. The researchers focused on ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas’ (MOBAs) – action strategy games that typically involve two opposing teams of five individuals – as well as multiplayer ‘First Person Shooter’ games. These types of games are hugely popular with hundreds of millions of players worldwide.