The Korean media dubbed Sara Kim the “Genius Girl.” A young math whiz so brilliant that two elite universities, Harvard and Stanford, offered her dual admissions. Her father, an exec at Korean game company Nexon, must have been proud! Other people, however, were suspicious.
Starting next year, if you are really, really good at video games, you can use your gaming skills to get into one of South Korea's best universities—just like being a talented football or basketball player can help your admissions odds.
You know the drill: Biology professor tells students their upcoming exam is going to be insanely difficult. But that's okay, he says, you can cheat! Anything goes. As long as it's not a crime, go for it. Students band together and get creative, and voila! They learn game theory in the process.
English is a hard language, especially for some Japanese people. The grammar is different. The pronunciation is different. And sometimes, the textbooks are strange.
Direct from the We Could Have Told You That department, a recent study determined that introducing young boys to video games has a direct effect on their academic performance. Introducing a major distraction interferes with learning? Who'd have thought?
Slate contributor Sudhir Venkatesh is a Columbia sociology professor who has written a book about street gangs, even going so far as to run with one in Chicago for a book. So, naturally, Grand Theft Auto IV would intrigue him. His verdict on the game's realism? It "actually offered a less sensational portrait of…