Life or Death Surgery? Make Sure the Doc's A Gamer!

Gamers make better surgeons - official!

Posted by Staff
Oh, it just gets better! Following yesterday’s report that Wii is good exercise for the kids, another pro-videogames report today concludes that surgeons who play videogames are more capable at performing operations than those that don’t!

The study, published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, a respected, peer-reviewed monthly professional medical journal published by the American Medical Association, outlines a strong correlation between video game skills and a surgeon's capabilities performing laparoscopic surgery.

Basically, this refers to surgery that involved manipulating instruments through tiny incisions in the body where the surgeon's movements are guided by watching a television screen.

Reuters reports that, “Out of 33 surgeons from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before.”

SPOnG knew that extended play with the Wii’s second must-get game (after Zelda) – the superb Trauma Center: Second Opinion (finally due in the UK this April) increased both our concentration span and the steadiness of our hand, though we could not have imagined that it might actually make us into better actual surgeons! We'll ignore the fact that we haven’t had seven years plus intensive training at medical school.

The report supports a growing body of academic research that shows how regularly playing videogames improves "fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception and computer competency," according to the study.

Comments

Joji 21 Feb 2007 13:31
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Hey Spong crew, this is great news. Perhaps you guys should endeavour to find this out.

Try to get hold of one or two surgeons and test them on Trauma Center on Wii (and maybe one or two other titles of your choice) for a laugh and research in the good name of games. I'm thinking of the similar experiment that you done with Wii and your friends and family. That feature was one of your best pieces of work.

Is this a good idea or not? And TC does need the press too.

Time to pick up my Wii at last. ''You are in good gaming hands, trust me, I'm a dokter.'' ''Pass the chainsaw, nurse, lol''

This is what too much GoW does to ya. Lol.
Tim Smith 21 Feb 2007 13:50
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Joji wrote:
Hey Spong crew, this is great news. Perhaps you guys should endeavour to find this out.

Try to get hold of one or two surgeons and test them on Trauma Center on Wii (and maybe one or two other titles of your choice) for a laugh and research in the good name of games. I'm thinking of the similar experiment that you done with Wii and your friends and family. That feature was one of your best pieces of work.

Is this a good idea or not? And TC does need the press too.

Time to pick up my Wii at last. ''You are in good gaming hands, trust me, I'm a dokter.'' ''Pass the chainsaw, nurse, lol''

This is what too much GoW does to ya. Lol.


Liking it... liking it... now, all we need to do is get £20,000 to pay for two surgeons for half a day!

Cynical... me?
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sneakyduck 21 Feb 2007 13:54
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@Joji

I heard there'd been a delivery of Wii stock in the UK - is your's a pre-order or have you managed to track one down?

I'm still looking!

Saying that though I did manage to pick up Twilight Princess on the Gamecube from Gameplay a couple of days ago so I'm happy for the time being.
Joji 21 Feb 2007 17:01
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I had one preordered for the launch but due to lack of funds didn't pick it up and let someone else at gamestation have mine (I'm nice like that). I'm on their list still when more come in stock.

Twilight Princess I may bag for the GC anyway, just to give it a last hurrah.

With Trauma Center, Metroid and Sonic out soon I'm gonna need my Wii quick. Until then its 360 occupying my time.
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