While playing video games can be fun, they can also be a measure of your intelligence.

According to new research, some strategy action games can act like “IQ tests”, basically measuring level of intelligence and strategic thinking when one plays a game effectively (“Multiplayer video games,” 2019).

The game style researchers honed in specifically were Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) – these games usually involve a variety of characters, skills, maps, and levels to choose from, all while putting you in an area where you have to work with a team to defeat the opposing team.  First Person Shooters, or “FPS”, were also analyzed (“Multiplayer video games,” 2019).

The study pulled from a group of gamers that actively play the MOBA “League of Legends” and are highly experienced, versus a group of more casual players that engage in the game. These two groups were then compared for standardized test results and it was found the more experienced players tended to score higher on tests. Unfortunately, FPS’s did not have a positive correlation with higher intelligence, or on ability to test well (“Multiplayer video games,” 2019).

“‘Research in the past has pointed to the fact that people who are good at strategy games such as chess tend to score highly at IQ tests. Our research has extended this to games that millions of people across the planet play every day,’” stated Professor Alex Wade, of the University of York’s Department of Psychology and Digital Creativity Labs.

It was found that since MOBAs rely more on strategy than FPS’s, that the correlation between skill and intelligence is overall higher (“Multiplayer video games,” 2019).

“ ‘This cutting-edge research has the potential for substantial impact on the future of the games and creative industries – and on games as a tool for research in health and psychology,’” (“Multiplayer video games,” 2019).

Reference: University of York. “Multiplayer video games: Skill at game and intelligence linked.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 November 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171115153631.htm>.