The lights are on
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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This is very interesting. I should play more first-person shooters to see if my vision increases after a while.
told my mom she starting 2 buy me more video games:D
So I shouldn't sit close to the tv? :P
1. Good day to be Medal of Honor & EA
2. What if you played them in the dark?
Good for your soul AND for your eyes!
This is great, for us being able to say that we have an excuse to game! Thank you video games, for making me be able to see better!:)
I understand now. No wonder my eyes are so good.
I would like to just shout out my window "HA, YOU WERE WRONG!!!"
Good for your eyes in what way exactly? I would agree that the constant activity would improve your observation skills, but sitting indoors at close range from a screen will invariably reduce the distance at which you can see. The overwhelming prevalence of nearsightedness is a result of our largely indoor lifestyle.
Well back to Battlefield..
My cousin should have great eyesight then.
My eyes hurt badly after gaming sessions.
That explains why i can get a headshot on my 12 in tv