Violent* Video Games Improve* Players Decision Making*

A recent study at the University of Rochester, in New York, USA, shows that certain video games can improve a person’s decision making ability.*
“These benefits of video games stem* only from action games, which almost always means shooter* games, where you go through a maze* and you don’t know when a villain* will appear,*” researcher Daphne Bevalier said.  “Strategy or role playing games don’t have the same effect.”
The study used 26 people between 18 and 25 years old.  Half played action games like “Call of Duty” or “Unreal Tournament” and the other half played “The Sims 2.”  After a few months, they were given a series of tests and the action game half clearly made decisions more quickly and accurately.*
However, other studies have shown that very young children who play these games have a reduced attention span.
Vocabulary:
violent – násilný
improve – zlepšit
decision making – rozhodování
ability – schopnost
benefit – přínos
stem from – vycházet z
shooter – střílecí
maze – bludiště
villain – zloduch
appear – objevit se
accurately – přesně
reduced – snížený
attention span – rozsah pozornosti
Question for discussion:
What video games do you play?

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