Brain Training spends record-breaking 80 weeks in UK top ten

Wednesday, 27th August 2008 12:13 GMT By Patrick Garratt

GI’s spotted that Brain Training’s now been in the UK top ten for 80 weeks, apparently a record.

The previous 79-week record was set by Eidos’ Tomb Raider.

This week’s UK charts can be seen here.



  1. Gamoc

    If only it was a real game, then maybe it would be impressive.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Why isn’t it a “real game” then?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Gamoc

    It’s a utility.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    What makes it a utility and not a game? It’s got lots of game elements – just because it could be deemed beneficial to the user?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Gamoc

    It’s a vague feeling I have, I just don’t consider Brain Training, Wii Fit, etc to be games. I think it’s because there’s no aim in the game.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    So what about Space Invaders? Pac-man? They could hardly be considered to have aims either.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Gamoc

    Kill all the aliens/collect all the food-things?

    As I said, it’s a vague feeling, I just don’t consider them games.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    You’ve never actually played them have you? They track high scores and Wii fit in particular provides a lot of variety. Head the footballs, ski jumping, slalom etc. What’s not gamey about those?

    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    It’s not a game though. It’s a video game by association, but it’s not sold as a video game.

    Wii Sports is, but Brain Training is advertised to keep your from getting mentally old, and Wii Fit is advertised as making sure you can still be a lazy ass without gaining weight.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. wz

    DrDamn: I’m with you here, but I fear all efforts are wasted :/.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    So the DS Cookbook is a game too?

    The Brain Traning has game elements, but nothing that couldn’t be done on paper with a person. It has Sudoku which is a game and Wii Fit has Skiing which is a game. But neitehr focus on that element.

    The words are wasted, but not becuase we are ignorant as implied.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    If the DS Cookbook is just a cookbook i.e. an electronic book then no it’s not a game. Brain Training and Wii Fit have interactive gameplay elements to them. I really can’t see how being able to do them on paper makes it any less of a game.

    What is the difference between :-
    a) See how quickly you can draw a line through stuff avoiding other stuff
    b) See how quickly you can move pacman through a maze avoiding ghosts

    Which makes one a game and the other not?

    #12 6 years ago

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