Video games are awesome, and a lot of fun, AND according to this study by Valerie Shute good at helping students learn. Usually when when someone does a study on how video games affect how you learn they’ll use Tetris, which is kind of bizarre because Tetris is a cool game and good for reaction time and problem solving, but in the world of video games there are a lot of better examples of games to help you think and learn. But for her study, Shute used the award winning Portal 2 and Luminosity, which I’ve never played but the site has a lot of information about how games help you learn and strengthen a lot of different skills. The results? Apparently the kids who played Portal had “a statistically significant advantage over Lumosity on each of the three composite measures- problem solving, spatial skill, and persistence” which is pretty darn cool.