Brain training games do not make you smarter – FACT

Gerald Lynch Gaming, Tech Digest news 3 Comments

Nicole Kidman may have been fooled by its cute brain teasing charms, but Tech Digest were never truly convinced. Now there's proof: new research shows that brain training games do not improve your IQ. A scientific study of 11,430…

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5 reasons why we love the Nintendo DS

Gerald Lynch Columns & Opinion, Features, Gaming, Tech Digest news 5 Comments

Nintendo revealed today that over 10 million DS consoles have been sold in the UK so far. That staggering figure means one in six Brits now own a DS, and are happily catching Pokemon or training their brains. It makes…

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Nintendo DS "no better than a pencil" when it comes to training your brain

Gary Cutlack Gaming, Health 2 Comments

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Nintendo’s much-loved Brian Training series is a FRAUD that’s of no demonstrable benefit to your brain whatsoever, which means Julie Walters and Patrick Stewart have been LYING TO US all this time.

There is no worse feeling in the world than having been lied to by Patrick Stewart.

The revelation comes from Alain Lieury, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Rennes, who conducted a survey comparing the effectiveness of a pencil and paper and a copy of Brain Training on the development of the maths skills a bunch of ten-year-olds.

The result? Reading, playing board games and watching documentaries on TV had as much benefit…

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Games about to overstep the mark – American companies planning exam-studying DS game

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It’s all a bit American this story, so pay attention.

A company called Kaplan makes stuff that helps children study for their SATs. SATs are American exams. Kaplan has teamed up with game maker Aspyr Media, to make a game that helps American youths study for their SATs. The game will be on Nintendo’s DS and PC, eventually…

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Watchdog's fantastic assassination of Brain Training on the "DS Nintendo"

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Mistake number one is Nicky Campbell calling it a “DS Nintendo” throughout the ludicrous report. Mistake #2 is thinking that Brain Training’s occasional problems recognising words is a surprise or new news, seeing as the game came out in June of 2006 and everyone’s already completely over it.

Mistakes numbers 3-99 we’ll leave you to work out for yourselves while enjoying the shameful Watchdog Nintendo outrage.

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Opinion: Why Nintendo is getting it right on lifestyle games

Jonathan Weinberg Columns & Opinion Leave a Comment

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If you’ve ever played games, then at some point, you have absolutely loved a Nintendo title – for many of us, they were the firm who shaped our childhood virtual experiences. And while Sony and Microsoft are great at catering to the core gamer, Ninty have always been the best at spotting new opportunities and finding ways to appeal to everyone.

Just look at the Game Boy, the most successful handheld of all time and played by men, women, children of both sexes and grandparents. This week Nintendo showed off a whole new crop of lifestyle titles in its Touch Generation series and I was left in no doubt that these are going to expand gaming horizons into areas they have so far been slow to reach…

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