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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:22

Playing "Gears of War," "Lost Planet," "Halo" and other action video games that involve firing guns can improve your eyesight, new research claims.

Sedate games like "Tetris" don't work.

People who started out as non-gamers and then received 30 hours of training on first-person action video games showed a substantial increase in their ability to see objects accurately in a cluttered space, compared to non-gamers given the same test, said Daphne Bevelier of the University of Rochester.

Most aspects of vision have to do with the size of one's eye and the thickness and shape of the cornea and lens. But some visual defects are neural in nature, said Bevelier, author of the new study on vision and video games published in the journal Psychological Science.

First-person action games helped study subjects improve their spatial resolution, meaning their ability to clearly see small, closely packed together objects, such as letters, she said. Game-playing actually changes the way our brains process visual information.

"These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it," she said, in a prepared statement. "That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life."

The finding suggests that playing first-person action video games could be a useful rehabilitation therapy for people with certain vision problems, she said, such as amblyopia (or lazy eye) and the simple effects of aging.

Another study has showed that playing certain virtual reality games that involved physical motion helped stroke victims improve their ability to walk eventually. :)


#2 Andrew Lyle

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:34

I can see why this works. I am the one of very few gamers at my work, and i have an xbox360, the other "mediate" game players only have PS2, and play simple games.

All the time they ask me to read what time it is on the clock, and nobody can see the hands :huh: All they see is a blurry image, i can read the minute hand and everything..
this is from around 30-40 feet away

Print this article and show your mom kids :D

#3 Gavin001


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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:37

maybe but at the same time spending so much time on the computer also ruined my eyes :)

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:40

See Mom ? Your kids know what they're doing. :yes:

#5 _I am Reptar

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 21:42

Is it true that video games also improve reaction times?

#6 Jack 0Neill

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 16:35

I remember hearing about this months ago. Unfortunately there is not as much truth in it as first thought.

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 21:10

http://www.neowin.ne...howtopic=546735 :blush:

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 21:12

It may claim to improve eyesight but it actually doesn't improve overall health.

Meh get out more. Experience life. Go fishing, go meet people. You actually enjoy it more than just try to improve "eye sight" at a computer game at the cost of decreasing health.