decades of exercising your thumbs, Nintendo moves
to your minds. by Vaughn
2, 2006 - Video
games have always been given a bad rap. If you're
not shooting at someone, you're running over someone.
If you're not running over someone, you're stabbing
someone...and so on and so forth. Yeah, we get it.
Video games are usually violent and they don't learn
you much, as is evident by my lack of proper grammar
in this sentence. Darn you video games!
you've been noticing lately that ye olde cerebral
cortex has been diminishing in all aspects of functionality,
fear not, my fellow braindead vegetables! Nintendo
is using their DS technology and the research inspired
by Professor Ryuta Kawashima to make you smart again,
but be forewarned - If you're stupid now, then use
the Brain Age to get super smart, then stop playing
it, you'll become dumb again - just like the book
Flowers For Algernon (Charly) and let me tell you,
that was one sad book. But you should read it anyway
because reading is good for you and video games are
bad for you. Well, all video games with the exception
of Brain Age and Panty Raider. Oh wait....I've just
been handed something....it appears I was mistaken
and I owe you an apology. Panty Raider isn't good
give Nintendo credit - after years of reducing our
brains to mush with fantasies of pointy eared elf-like
heroes who seem to be as common as Elvis impersonators
in their universe, plumbers who save the world without
exposing their buttcracks when they bend over and
giant tie-wearing apes that throw barrels instead
of their own feces, it's about time Nintendo gave
us something back. Namely, the ability to think again.
Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes A Day! is scheduled
for an April release and if history has shown us anything,
none of you idiots will buy it. Why is that? Because
you're idiots and aren't interested in getting smarter.
Care to prove me wrong? Please note that the awesome
mathematical puzzler Sudoku is also included.
is Brain Age?
Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo
DS is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone
can enjoy, as it helps players flex their mental muscles.
Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor
Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist.
His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain
reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate
Age presents quick mental activities that help keep
your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly
solving simple math problems, counting people going
in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures
on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out
loud, and more. You can also play sudoku, the number
puzzle game which has become an extremely popular
feature in U.S. newspapers.
your first day of exercise, you will take a series
of tests and get a score that determines how old your
brain is. This number is called your "DS Brain
Age". By performing daily exercises just minutes
a day over weeks and months, the better you'll get
at the exercises and the lower your DS Brain Age will
is brain training good for you?
all know as we grow older our bodies change and it
becomes important to regularly exercise to maintain
health and fitness. Our brain is no different. "Use
it or lose it," as the adage goes. New research
indicates mental acuity may be strengthened, like
muscles, with brain exercises.
where Brain Age comes in.
how does Brain Age work?
Brain Age exercises are designed to stimulate your
brain. Solving simple math and logic problems quickly,
and reading aloud, have been proven to be effective
methods of achieving this goal.
distinctive Nintendo DS Touch Screen lets users write
their answers with a Stylus pen, just as though they
were writing on paper or using a Personal Digital
Assistant or "PDA". Furthermore, the Nintendo
DS's voice input identifies particular words you'll
speak during the Stroop Test.
Age tracks your progression through each exercise
with easy-to-read line charts. Consistently using
Brain Age each day will open new exercises to test
Boomers and test-prepping school kids alike want to
challenge themselves and find ways to stay sharp.
Brain Age acts like a treadmill for the mind. With
the simplicity of the Nintendo DS, and Brain Age's
challenging and rewarding exercises, everyone can
stimulate their DS brain, improving speed and accuracy
of their game play.