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 to learning as playing Brain Training. Stick that in your next press release, Nintendo…
Of course, it’s all 100% true. Brain Training doesn’t train your brain – it just teaches you how to play Brain Training better. The more you play Halo 3 the better you get at Halo 3, just like the more you play Brain Training the better you get at playing Brain Training, only you never hear Microsoft saying that playing Halo 3 boosts your intelligence levels.
In fact, if our experience of Halo 3 players is anything to go on, it does quite a good job of reducing people to monosyllabic hunks of flab.
(Via The Times)