Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Madden Makes You Smarter

That headline doesn't make any sense at all...

Oh, they are talking about the Madden videogame franchise. That's a relief.


Andrew Wice said...

I love Madden football, but this "University Study" is bullshit.

Who funds these two-day studies ("Does Butter Make You Thinner?")?

Probably media companies, who want to stock up on their "News of the Weird" whether or not it has any veracity.

Perhaps -- just perhaps -- the equation isn't

fan + Madden football = smarter fan.

It certainly seems likely that a smarter fan, a more engaged fan, will also go out of his way to buy a football game and play it.

Scientific Method folks -- you have to test the fact that your theory might be false.

Otherwise we have specious reasoning. Obama is in the White House -- we can believe in science again.

Big Blue Monkey 2: The Quickening said...

Nope, Wice. Wrong.

I know that Madden Football has helped my own TV Football understanding--mainly in recognizing defenses.

Andrew Wice said...

Yes yes, I do understand. Of course it has that effect.

I just have a problem with their "science."

I think someone who knows football well already will be a good Madden player (as well as play it more often) - their study doesn't consider this angle.

Muumuuman said...

Stupid babies need the most attention.