Violent Shooter Video Games Help Eye Health

Master Chief, Marcus Fenix, and Doomguy are here to help us once again. Playing Gears of War, Doom, Halo and other first person shooter video games can improve your eyesight, new research claims. You heard me right. Scientists FINALLY have something good to say about video games. I almost fell off my chair when I read this the first time.

Most aspects of vision have to do with the size of one’s eye and the thickness and shape of the cornea and lens. But some visual defects are neural in nature according to a new study on vision and video games published in the journal Psychological Today. First person shooter gains strengthen the cornea over time causing improved vision.

The study involved ten male college students who started out as non-gamers and only played video games occasionally. They then received over thirty hours of training on first-person shooter action video games such as Halo. The students showed a significant increase in their ability to see objects accurately in a cluttered space compared to ten non-gamers given the same test, said a leading psychological expert.

A first-person shooter, also referred to as an FPS, is a genre of video games which is characterized by an on-screen view that simulates the in-game character’s point of view and a focus on the use of handheld ranged weapons. FPS is also a term used by tactical response teams as the person who shoots first.

First-person shooter action games helped study subjects improve their spatial resolution, meaning their ability to clearly see small, closely packed together objects, such as letters, she said. Sure, Gears of War or Resident Evil are actually third-person shooters, they showed similar positive results as the true first-person shooters did.

Game-playing actually changes the way our brains process visual information. These games push the human visual system to the limits, and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life.

Similar findings also suggests that playing first-person shooter action video games could be a useful rehabilitation therapy for people with certain vision problems, she said, such as lazy eye and the simple effects of aging, such as Alzheimer disease, according to a study done by Popular Science.

So, I giving an up yours to you, Mario and Luigi and another big screw you to you, John Madden. Thanks to you guys our country might have gone blind or worse yet we would all have lazy eyes! Il stick with my main bro, Master Chief and Marcus Fenix any day of the week regardless of health issues, and while I at it, I canceling my eye doctor appointment. I need him like I need a Wii.

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