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Gamer Thumb Can Ruin You

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thumb hurts from gamingI have been gaming since I was a child, but I am no longer a kid anymore. I am 31 years old, and have a few gray hairs coming in. My body is starting to get a few aches and mystery pains, and I don’t recuperate from sickness as quick as I used to. This is all part of getting older and I have accepted that. Most of this doesn’t concern me, but I began to wonder how long term gaming would affect my body. I don’t know about you, but I want to be gaming for the entirety of my life and don’t want to be set back by any gaming related injuries. Out of curiosity I decided to research typical gaming injuries. While doing my research I came across a common injury that many gamers suffer from called gamer thumb.

Gamer thumb is a condition that affects the thumb and wrists. It can result in pain and sometimes a popping noise near the outside of the thumb or near the wrist. The symptoms can also include sore thumb joints and pain while flexing the wrist or while trying to grab something. Many gamers can feel pain and soreness while gaming and once developed even after setting the controller down. Read More

Everything You Need to Know about Toxic Gaming Culture

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toxic gaming communitiesIf you have played any multiplayer video games online there is a good chance that you’ve had an encounter with a toxic player. We’ve all had those situations where we’ve fired up our game to enjoy a fun session only to be harassed and bothered by a toxic player. Toxic gaming culture seems to be on the rise with more gaming allowing for online multiplayer interactions. It would be surprising if an online gamer had never had an experience with a toxic player.

By toxic I am referring to any individual you meet in a video game who abuses and harasses other players. Perhaps they’re also engaging in activities in game that ruin the gameplay for all involved. This can include exploits, cheats, intentional team killing, and purposely losing matches. 

Have you ever been purposely killed by a teammate for no reason? You just encountered a toxic player! Someone shout bigoted, sexist, or racist slurs at you? You spotted a toxic player! Did you just listen to a teammate explain all the reasons why you’re the worst gamer on the planet? You encountered a toxic player? Did you join a team with another player who intentionally lost the match? You have come across a toxic player! Read More

Does Playing Video Games Hurt Your Eyes?

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video games hurt eyesThe average American spends 10 hours and 39 minutes a day looking at a screen. This includes mobile phones, television, computer screens, and tablets. As an avid gamer I am not surprised. Think about all the time you spend on a daily basis checking your phone, playing your Nintendo Switch, or gaming on the PC. As gamers we spend a good chunk of our time staring at a screen, and so we were curious if this was causing damage to our precious eyes. Does playing video games hurt your eyes? Here’s what we found out.

Playing Video Games Can Hurt Your Eyes

Extended amounts of time playing video games (or looking at any screen) can lead to a condition called digital eye strain. I have heard hardcore gamers call it “video game eye strain” and it’s an issue that about 50 percent of people who work (or game) in front of a screen experience. The symptoms of the eye strain can include drys eye, eye fatigue, irritated eyes, itchiness, red eyes, and headaches.

I have experienced digital eye strain myself. When I was younger I could game for hours without any of these symptoms, but now as an older man find that prolonged gaming sessions will make my eyes bloodshot and fatigued. My eyes could be bloodshot for up to two days. Knowing that my gaming was having a negative impact of my eyes led me to ask the question below… Read More

Do Gamers Have Faster Reflexes?

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gamers reaction timeMany video games require fast reflexes to win or at least help a player perform well at the game. E-sport professionals that play in the first person shooter arena have incredibly fast reaction and reflexes in game that help them in their gameplay. Gamers are putting hours into games that require fast reflexes and reaction time, but does this give them an edge over non-gamers? The question is – do gamers have faster reflexes than non-gamers?

The quick answer is…maybe? Here is the evidence for why the answer to this question is inconclusive.

The Single Study that Points to Gamers Being Fast at Clicking

A study at the Central Washington University gathered 87 individuals ranging from 18-40 years of age. Their aim was to examine the “differences in types of reaction time to a visual oddball stimulus between gamers and non gamers as well as males and females.” What is a visual oddball stimulus? Basically they’d place someone at a computer screen with a mouse. The screen would change colors or perhaps an object would appear on the screen, and the moment the change took place the participant would need to click down on the mouse. The study was measuring the reaction time between the object appearing on the screen and the click of the mouse. Read More

Do Video Games Make You Smarter?

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video games make you smarterDo Video Games Make You Smarter?

As a hardcore gamer who has played thousands of hours of video games I want to know if I am smarter, because I play video games. I want to know the real answer behind the question, “Do Video Games Make You Smarter?” Gamers are often stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated, and portrayed as people who would rather sit on the couch with a controller than a book. While it’s true that there are individual gamers who do perpetuate this stereotype this article will point to numerous studies that prove that video games can make an individual smarter.

 

Playing Video Games Results in Faster Decisions that are Accurate

A study at the University of Rochester done by cognitive scientists have discovered that gamers will make the right decisions faster. According to the study, “develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

An interesting outcome of this study was that they found that gamers who play action oriented video games were up to 25 percent faster at reaching a decision that was correct compared to those playing non-action oriented games. One of the authors of the study remarks that, “Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.” Read More

How Do Video Games Affect Your Heart Rate?

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video games affect heart rateYes – video games can affect your heart rate by increasing it. The amount that your heart rate will be affected is entirely dependent on the type of video games that you are playing. Studies have shown that violent video games will increase your heart rate more than playing a peaceful game. In addition, active video games that require the player to be standing and moving are much more likely to increase the player’s heart rate.

A Study on Video Games and Heart Rate

The study that is most commonly cited for this response was done at Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute by Malena Ivarsson. The title of the research paper is called “The Effect of Violent and Nonviolent Video Games on Heart Rate Variability, Sleep, and Emotions in Adolescents With Different Violent Gaming Habits.

In the study, it was discovered that there is a correlation between playing violent video games and your heart rate. The study comprised  of thirty boys between the ages of 13-15. The thirty boys were divided into two groups. Group 1 was expected to play a violent video game for at least three hours a day. Group 2 was told to play a nonviolent cartoon game for no more than one hour per day. Both groups played the games in their homes for a duration of two days. The heart rates of the group were taken during and after gameplay. Read More

The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Trailer

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As a huge The Last of Us fanboy I was excited to see the gameplay for the Last of Us Part 2 at E3. It looks as if it’s shaping up to everything that I hope the game would be. My only concern is whether this really is a gameplay video. The actual gameplay looked so smooth, immersive, and life like that my cynical side thought “This can’t be real gameplay!” Just watching Ellie destroy these dudes in an environment that shatters, gets scuffed up, and breaks was a real thrill.

Definitely excited for this game, and doubly so when Naughty Dog shared that Joel is alive and will be part of the game! If this The Last of Us Part II Gameplay is an indicator of how great the game will be…well we’re in for a real treat!

Can’t wait to fight some zombies!

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Everything You Need for a Dr DisRespect Costume

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Dr Disrespect Costume Cosplay GuideDr DisRespect is a legend throughout the streaming community. He’s an avid gamer and streamer on Twitch, and what I like to think of as the patron saint of the PUBG community. He’s aggressive, outlandish, and exciting. It’s no wonder that he has over 2.5 MILLION followers on Twitch, because he is truly entertaining and fun to watch. Personally I enjoy watching him prior to playing Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds as he pumps me up before I launch into the fray.

So you want to dress up as the DOC and are looking for a great looking, cheap Dr. DisRespect Costume? Well we’ve put together a list of everything you’ll need for your Dr. Disrespect cosplay, and where to find it! It’s the perfect costume for a Halloween party or cosplay event. Read More

PUBG CROSSBOW KILLS

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pubg crossbow killsThe crossbow in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is amazing. Often overlooked as being a useless weapon it’s rarely used during gameplay, but it’s a powerhouse. The crossbow is silent and will one hit any enemy regardless of what level helmet they’re wearing. It’s interesting, because some people complain that it’s the worse weapon in the game. Read More