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Monday, July 18, 2005

Well, Duh.

Nintendo DSA recent report showed that video games "can distract the player from the sensation of pain," leading to faster healing and far less discomfort in the long run.

Well, I could've told you that. In fact, just about any active video gamer could have told you that.

However, I appreciate that time taken to make the use of video games a viable option to pain management. But you didn't have to do this study! The article alone links to several different studies of cases where almost the same thing was proven. Heck, if anyone wanted a list of all of the good news about video games, they should just follow all of the links in the first 3 paragraphs.

And look at the rest of the article! Many of the people that cite this article go 'Oh, joy!! Good News!' without reading it the whole way through. Much of the second part of the article talks about the negative affects, such as increased aggressiveness and the like. It lists off 11 problems that have come up when playing video games. But its not the worst and most aggressive article that I've seen, so I'm not complaining too much.

But luckily, it concludes on a relatively high note (read: neutral) and says basically more long term studies are needed.

British Medical Journal [Read]
Via Eurogamer.
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