After years of being told how bad videogames are for us, finally some good news. Aside from the dubious health benefits of playing Wii games, research in the US now suggests that playing games can increase visual accuity;
“A study by experts at the University of Rochester showed that subjects who played action games for several hours a day over a month-long period performed significantly better at a test of vision not dissimilar to those used in normal eye clinics.
This test involved picking out a specific letter from a group of various symbols, which was taken both before and after the subjects were assigned to different video games.”
The study goes on to suggest that Unreal Tournament players will get more benefit than Tetris players. Serves them right. For a slightly more scientific explanation, here’s Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the university;
‘When people play action games, they’re changing the brain’s pathway responsible for visual processing,’
‘These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it.’
So there you have it. Personally I am still waiting on news of the first Wii heart attack. Probably while playing WarioWare. It’s only a matter of time…