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Researchers recently reported findings that playing first-person shooters can help your eyesight.
Scientists took six subjects with cataract disorders and asked them to play Medal of Honor for 40 hours over the course of a month. The subjects played the game for two hours a day, five days a week, for a month. Daphne Maurer of McMaster University in Canada who led the study said that playtime was limited becasue she didn't want to the patients to become addicted to the game. That's also probably the reason they chose Medal of Honor instead of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty, I assume.
Five of the six participants showed improvement after the month was up. "They were able to recognize faces more easily, as well as make out small print and judge the direction of moving dots." This is good news for EA. They can now put a bullet on the back Medal of Honor boxes that reads, "improves eyesight!"
Maurer said, “the visual nervous system is still plastic enough to either form or reveal connections in adulthood….and we suspect that might be true for any kind of visual defect.”
The next step for Maurer and her team is to create, "the perfect vision-improving non-violent video game." Someone should show them Portal and Portal 2.
Thanks to Andrew for the news tip!
[via Digital Trends]
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I need to play more fps. Everything's getting a little blurry after playing twisted metal. :p
That's pretty cool. I've always been a big supporter of the "video games are good for you" idea, especially with hand-eye coordination.
and so are carrots but there not very fun to play
and so are carrots but there not that fun to play
Do it with something other than an FPS and I'm in.
IN YOUR FACE MOM!
*Runs off to play Mw3 happily*
FPS improve eyesight really? I can't tell enemy players from the environment in BF3 or MW, they all just blend in to me.
"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock and roll." - Sheygiru Miyamoto
so that bloodshot thing is healthy?
this does me no good since i've been wearing glasses since, oh, 7th grade or so. maybe they should have told my younger self not to sit right in front of the tv.
really? cause ever since i started playing hardcore, my eyesight has gotten awful. Maybe it's just genetics.
lol kyle great burn with the medal of honor jokes and the portal 2 references you earn a +1 my good sir
This is funny because just last night my dad was going on at me about how bad videogames are for my eyesight.
Sick Medal of Honor burn; I lol'd.