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#1 WhistAler

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:40 AM

Far from being harmful to eyesight, as some had feared, action games provide excellent training for what eye doctors call contrast sensitivity.

Contrast sensitivity is the ability to notice tiny changes in shades of grey against a uniform background, and is critical to everyday activities such as night driving and reading. It often degrades with age.

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Researchers recruited video game novices in their 20s and asked some of them to play Atari’s Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty 2 by Infinity Ward, two fast-paced games that require players to aim and shoot weapons from a variety of battle vehicles. Others were assigned to The Sims 2 from Electronic Arts, an elaborate simulation game that doesn’t ask players to make any quick or visually precise moves. Participants were asked to play their games for a total of 50 hours over nine weeks.

The researchers measured each player’s contrast sensitivity function before and after their training and found that people assigned to the shoot-'em-up games improved by an average of 58%. Those who played the Sims improved too, but not as much as those who played the action games, according to the study. The benefits lasted for months and even years.


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#2 CommonSense

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 02:04 AM

My dad just told me this like 10 minutes ago :lol:

#3 Johnnyboy

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 05:32 PM

Now I have a reason to play COD4. :D

#4 Minga

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:19 AM

Not only that...hand-eye coordination improves be a large margin, in addition to reaction times..some gamers have better reaction times than the best tennis players or Formula 1 Drivers

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:35 AM

^ Agreed. Counter Strike players have the best reaction times.

Edited by Gragier_521, 20 April 2009 - 07:19 PM.


#6 Eye Pie Rate

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 11:38 AM

More like Quake players.

#7 fediaFedia

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:14 AM

I always thought it was harmful :blink:

#8 Minga

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:14 PM

Just remember: "everything in moderation"-I'd only worry if people spend 22-23 hrs on shooter games, without even eating, drinking or showering (I know a few such ppl)

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 01:41 PM

play O2Jam. It clearly tells you your hand eye coordination.
Guitar Hero are just for wimps who dont know how to play a guitar.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 01:49 PM

Great info especially for gamers :D thanks

#11 chrisscorsese88

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 03:47 PM

play O2Jam. It clearly tells you your hand eye coordination.
Guitar Hero are just for wimps who dont know how to play a guitar.

No, Guitar Hero is for people who want to have fun playing a video game. I should say Halo is for wimps who don't know how to fire a real gun, and that they should go around killing people instead of pixels on a screen, OR GTA is for wimps who don't know how to steal cars and should go around actually stealing cars instead of moving pixels.

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