Surgical CounterStrike

22 February 2007

From today’s Graun… Surgical success linked to skill at video games:

A study has found a direct link between skill at video gaming and skill at keyhole, or laparoscopic, surgery. Young surgeons who spent at least three hours a week playing video games in the past made 37% fewer errors, were 27% faster, and scored 42% better overall than surgeons who had never played a video game at all.

Note: Not a authoritatively formal-looking study, and a small sample size, so it may feel the wrath of Ben Goldacre-types. Still, it’s a lovely case of life following art, as this cartoon appeared in last week’s xkcd:

Nintendo surgeon

One Response


Love it. I recently bought a SNES, because I can’t deal with First Person Shooting and 3D. How lame is that. I’m 27 this yr. Sob.