Another Study Shows That Action/Violent Video Games Improve Vision

from the and-yet... dept

Nearly six years ago, we wrote about a study showing that playing video games can help improve your vision, and now there's another study showing that such video games can help improve vision -- specifically contrast sensitivity, which is noted to be "important in situations such as driving at night, or in conditions of poor visibility." But, of course, rather than paying attention to all that, we get stories about how all violent video games must be banned.

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    Lutomes (profile), Mar 30th, 2009 @ 11:04pm

    Not quite so good

    All the study actually shows is that "Dark" video games improve contrast perception. It just happens to be that most violent video games are also dark.

    The sims or tetris are full of bright colours. But if someone mods the sims into a bright colourful murder simulator it's not going to help improve vision all of a sudden because its violent.

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    Frosty840, Mar 30th, 2009 @ 11:57pm

    "Murder simulator"?
    Jack, is that you?

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    BillDivX, Mar 31st, 2009 @ 1:07am

    Now my murderous rages make sense!

    obviously, my improved vision is allowing me to see how F***ed up the world really is. Therefore, I have developed the urge to purge the planet of this "virus".

    Those who think violence is bad just aren't seeing things objectively yet!

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    TDR, Mar 31st, 2009 @ 8:51am

    Re: 3 - Okay, Agent Smith. Sarcasm duly noted. ^_^

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    jsut, Mar 31st, 2009 @ 10:14am

    Re: Not quite so good

    Yes -- I don't understand why the article title claims a link to violent games.

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 1st, 2009 @ 5:50am

    From the how-carefully-do-you-read-dept.

    Reading the article carefully, you note that it says:

    "This is a small study, showing a small effect, but it was carefully done, and merits further investigation."

    I was listening to the radio this morning where they interviewed a scientist over the meaning of the improvement (after the radio used the intro line "Video game playing improves eyesight"). After providing a brief summary of the study, the scientist pointed out that the improvement was "very small."

    I believe the article speaks for itself. Yes, there was a SMALL effect that merits further investigation, but it is a little early to hold a ticker tape parade for the improvements in vision from playing video games.

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    aasgwse, Apr 1st, 2009 @ 6:00am


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    Anonymous, May 9th, 2009 @ 11:03am


    I don't think violent video games should be banned. Children should just not play them. The world is raising violence and people wonder why there is so much violence in schools. Children are exposed to too mach violence. I don't care if there is a little study about eyes sight.

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    LesTat, Jun 23rd, 2009 @ 4:29am

    As a dad

    I think as a parent, I'd rather have my child be addicted to games which I have the control over with rather than my kid be involved in drugs. I have the power to monitor my kid's computer usage compared to him using drugs behind my back. I have read an article: wherein it was discussed a game helped a student in his financial crisis in real life and it somewhat gave me a new outlook in games.

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