BEING GOOD AT VIDEO GAMES IS
A MEASURE OF INTELLIGENCE
If you’re good at games, you might also be good at everything else. That’s according to a new study that found two of the world’s most popular video games act like IQ tests. Those who are the best at them also get the highest scores on traditional intelligence tests, suggesting that video games might actually make you smarter. Both games — League of Legends and Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) — combine strategic thinking with quick reactions, and so could both reward and train up particular kinds of thinking. That seemed to be confirmed by the study, which compared people’s levels of skill in the games with their IQ. The better people were at playing, the more their intelligence score, it found. A similar study that looked at chess suggested that more conventional games are good markers of intelligence, too.