Play WoW, get smarterer

A study from the North Carolina University has suggested that Blizzard’s massively popular MMO, World of Warcraft, can help a player’s brain function. Specifically increase their spatial awareness, improve their memory, and better focus their attention. See Mom? We said it was good for us.

Okay, well maybe not quite. The study was tested on people aged 60 – 77, showing that the game actually helps the elderly. Two groups of people took a test, and then one of these groups played roughly 14 hours of the game over a course of two weeks and was then tested again. This time around the WoW players fared better in the test.

“The people who needed it most — those who performed the worst on the initial testing — saw the most improvement,” said associate professor Dr. Jason Allaire.

So that’s that, then. Goodbye career, hello 24/7 WoW.