Computer Games Good For You?

Dr Shock
October 11, 2008

china internet cafe

We all know the attitude of the Chinese government towards Internet: China’s Crackdown on the Internet.
Especially online video game playing is used as excuse to block the Internet. In China Internet addiction is a major problem . Another explanation:

Another explanation for Internet addiction could be a creative manner of censorship by the Chinese government. Internet is a relatively new phenomena in China, a side effect of its booming economy and technological advances, but how to control this development and how to fit it in with its communist government?

In a recent published article excessive game playing is proposed to be a social problem. Moreover, the authors of a recent article interpret their results to be proof of negative cognitive effects of excessive computer game playing . While the outcome of this study done in China is proof of the opposite and doesn’t confirm their conclusion to my opinion.

Participants who had previously been excessive computer game players (ECGP) but were not active in gaming (pECGP group) performed significantly better than the control participants, showing the persistent positive effects of gaming. Them still participating in excessive computer game play did worse on a cognitive test compared to those previously known to be ECGP. However, these still ECGP did not significantly differ on the cognitive test compared to controls never been playing computer games excessively.

Sixty male graduate or undergraduate students participated, they were recruited from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

To my opinion this finding supports the positive effects of computer game play for some cognitive functions.

The test used was the multiple object tracking (MOT). This task has been used to show the positive effects of game playing. This task requires participants to track positions of a number of target items for a few seconds during which the participant is vulnerable to disturbances. This test can measure such skills with computer games that require players to distribute and switch attention quickly around the field, can alter a range of visual skills. Therefore, computer game players may benefit from their games training for some time even without further experience.

So I don’t agree with the conclusion made by the authors:

the current ECGP participants performed significantly worse than the previous ECGP participants. This more important finding indicates that ECGP may be related to cognitive deficits.

ResearchBlogging.org
De-Lin Sun, Ning Ma, Min Bao, Xang-Chuan Chen, Da-Ren Zhang (2008). Computer Games: A Double-Edged Sword? CyberPsychology & Behavior, 11 (5), 545-548 DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0145

 

10 Responses to “Computer Games Good For You?”

  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  1. I agree with you. The authors conclusion isn’t reasonable.I think multiple object tracking isn’t a good test for cognitive ability. At least it’s insufficient.
    However,I’m so sorry to read your opinion on internet policy in China. The censorship is exaggerated. Maybe you could come to China and see what’s true.

  2. Nan Li on October 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  3. Would like to come to china and discuss censorship. Kind regards Dr Shock

  4. Dr Shock on October 12th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  5. [...] it is time to reinstall censorship on Internet use in China. In a comment on a recent post about Computer Game Play in China the commenter proclaimed that censorship in China was severely [...]

  6. China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers | Dr Shock MD PhD on October 19th, 2008 at 6:19 am
  7. “Excessive game playing can be a symptom of serious underlying mental/emotional problems. This board is not intended as a crusade against any particular game, but to alert people that excessive playing should be evaluated in context with any other symptoms a person may be displaying. Then, if there is still concern about the individual’s state of mind.
    Participating in OLGA/OLG-Anon is a healing journey for all of them.

  8. Eleni on January 25th, 2009 at 2:26 am
  9. you are so cool

  10. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  11. hi you are so sduper cool

  12. bob on March 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  13. I was searching online and I found your site on google. Just finished reading a few of some of your other posts here. I’ve already added your site to my Google News Reader. Thanks for your good and educative posts and please keep up the good work as I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  14. Tony Smites on September 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am
  15. This is really interesting. Thanks for the sharing.

  16. DLTK on November 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
  17. We were looking for this anywhere! Thanks, finally!

  18. Mail Entries on November 16th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  19. I know OLGA / Olg-Anon.

    OLGA is a fellowship based on the familiar 12Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) where gaming addicts can meet to share their experiences, strength and hope to further their individual and collective recovery from online gaming addiction.
    If you need , OLGA can be a solution. Click in my name.

  20. Irichan on June 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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