Robot Unicorn Attack was Good for the Brain

Of course, it needs to be muted. And maybe it would be better off if the game was dressed as something less…flamboyant looking. But most scientists in the field will admit that most games are extremely mentally stimulating. Of course, too much of a good thing can still be bad, but you’re not here to learn where to draw the line, right?

Robot Unicorn Attack exploded in popularity when it came out. It was simple, annoying, and the song stuck in your head so much you wanted to choke someone. It was also addicting. And amazingly, it was also good for your brain. And any game like it.

HOW?

Let’s look at human history for a bit. It’s generally acknowledged that the general population IQ has jumped quite a bit ever since the internet. This doesn’t prove evolution yet, but there has to be a scientific explanation for this. Scientists more or less narrowed it down to the fact that the internet (and everything besides) has more or less been bombarding the people with so much information that our minds had to adapt to it. In essence, the average 14 year old now surfing the web is processing more information (whether consciously or unconsciously) than a 14 year old twenty years ago doing…just about anything else.

So as the brain gets more used to having to deal with huge giant volumes of information more often and frequently, we see that this makes the world a better place. Or something like that.

But how does this tie into something like Robot Unicorn Attack? Play that game for 2 weeks and you swear your IQ dropped. Play it un-muted for 2 hours and you go crazy.

Well strictly speaking, I never said it was good for you specifically. But for younger kids and older people, yes.

Those familiar with the game know that the controls are simple and the rules are simple, but mess up because of the speed that the game eventually reaches. We could all beat that if it was like, a fourth of its speed. But it isn’t. Robot Unicorn Attack forces our mind and brain to react very fast in order to stay alive in the game.

So for the younger kids, this game acts as an ideal stimulant for their young minds. And for older people?

Well, a study found that older people who used a computer (and therefore, the internet) compared to those who did not were more likely to still have an active mind. Now, this doesn’t mean you can have an excuse to get your grandpa to play Call of Duty 4 with you for hours on end claiming it is “treatment” for his Alzheimer’s, but it does mean that a person who has his mind working has a better mind than one who does not. And what better workout than thinking really fast with simple rules in a game like Robot Unicorn Attack?

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