A study published in Molecular Psychiatry revealed the tangible impact of video games on a part of our brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a vital part that deals with memory and emotion, and the plasticity, which we affect with every new game we play.
Past research had determined that first-person shooter games like Call of Duty could be beneficial in training short-term memory and decision-making, but the most recent findings have confirmed the impact on the hippocampus, thus making clearer which games we should be avoiding.
It’s time to quit Call Of Duty
Essentially, the problem with games like Call of Duty is that it decreases the amount of grey matter in the hippocampus – which can lead to risks of depression, Alzheimer’s and even PTSD, according to the report.
In contrast, the study recommends “3D platform” games to boost hippocampus’ grey matter. 3D like a jumping plumber among floating mushrooms and clouds, you might say? That’s right — Super Mario Bros. is safe.
If you’re a diehard CoD fan and are starting to count your days as you feel grey matter decreasing, don’t worry. Co-author Gregory West assures gamers that games like Super Mario Bros. could act as a form of “antidote” to the damage caused by shooter games.
“It’s certainly possible that someone could pick up a 3D platform game and train their brain to grow that grey matter back,” he says.
Apparently, 1 in 10 Americans considers themselves gamers. For the other nine who are now tempted to pick up a new game? Maybe leave Call of Duty to one side. It’s time to go and save Princess Peach.
Originally published on Konbini