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#1 Spartan_X

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 17:42

Study: Shooters Can Improve Eyesight
By Kris Graft

A new study claims that playing fast-paced shooter games can help improve the eye’s ability to distinguish objects in cluttered spaces.b>

Think about it: When playing Gears of War, you have the uncanny ability to identify the toe of a Locust sticking out from behind a concrete barrier from a mile away.

Are you superhuman? No… rather you started training your eyes to decipher cluttered areas since you began playing Castle Wolfenstein on your 386.

University of Rochester’s Daphne Bevelier published a new study in the Psychological Science journal that explained that certain eye conditions have to do with the size and shape of the eye. Some traits of an eye, however, are neural, she said, and can be developed.

Shooters such as Gears of War, Halo and Lost Planet help study subjects improve spatial resolution.

Bevelier said that fast-paced shooters “push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life."

Such games could also help slow the aging process and treat conditions such as lazy eye, she said.

However, slower-paced games such as Tetris don't have a similar effect on eyeSource:rce: Next-Gen


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Posted 16 March 2007 - 19:01

Ain't the first time games have been proven to improve something about your body.

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 20:22

Sent to my parents!

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good read

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 20:25

CS 1.6 ftw hehe. I love fast paced games.

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:01

Gears + Halo

That's all I play! :D

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:52

games are of course a huge benefit: most gamers have excellent spatial awareness and coordination, that's a fact.

(gets up from desk)

OUCH.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 01:57

1.6 was good for something afterall.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:34

games are of course a huge benefit: most gamers have excellent spatial awareness and coordination, that's a fact.

(gets up from desk)

OUCH.

ROFL
Great eyesight, but horrible back and neck problems. plus the beginnings of carpal tunnel syndrome (not even kidding there, have to go back in two weeks for an x-ray than schedule an appointment with a neurologist). Granted the carpal tunnel is a result of the mouse more than the controller, but with that said if I play for any extended amount of time on the controller my wrist does wind up KILLING ME.
Still seems like a relatively fair trade off to me, considering I still have 20/20 eyesight and both my parents started needing reading glasses at my age.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 02:43

Puts gears of war back into the 360 drive! :p

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 03:36

Great eyesight, but horrible back and neck problems.

well, you can consider that as a training for one these whenever you need one in the future... :laugh: :rofl: :p

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 00:37

well, you can consider that as a training for one these whenever you need one in the future... :laugh: :rofl: :p

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Holy **** lol! I want one.. those look tight

#12 mattrobs

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:17

Studies claim a lot of things.

Let's see them prove it.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 18:33

Studies claim a lot of things.

Let's see them prove it.


The last time I went to the eye doctor (back in 2004, I'll admit) my vision was rated as 20/15, which was a marked improvement over the last time I went, where I was rated as 20/20.

Note that both my parents wear glasses for both driving and reading whereas my vision is above-average. AND when I was much younger (back in the 90s and early 2000s, when I was still in HS and starting college) I could sit and play my SNES for 8 hours straight.

Today I got that twitch finger that comes w/ "training" via Doom, Quake, UT, Starseige Tribes, UT2004, Call of Duty, and many more FPS games.

For me, that is proof enough, at least from a personal standpoint.

Lastly, I don't think I'll be needing that awesome mecha-chair just yet -- my body's in fairly good shape I'd say. I'll put it on my wishlist when I hit 40 though! :D

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 20:39

well, you can consider that as a training for one these whenever you need one in the future... :laugh: :rofl: :p

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Johnny 5! :D

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 21:49

im sorted! chop my legs off and get one of those chairs and a helmet so everything is in nightvision and has data everywhere