Action Gaming Improves Eyesight, Destroys Faith in Humanity

Posted by | April 2, 2009

Recent studies from the University of Rochester and Tel Aviv University have shown that playing action games like Unreal Tournament and Call of Duty improves the eyesight of players. The upgrades come in the form of something called “contrast perception,” or the ability to distinguish between similar colours and shades of colour. Casual games that didn’t grab their players by the eyeballs and suck them into a whirling maelstrom of fast action, say, The Sims, had no effect on vision.

The improvements remain for up to two years after training. The damage done by contact with Xbox Live users may well be permanent.

You can check out the detailed report in the March 29th issue of Nature, right over here.


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