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Sleep is invaluable to our overall wellbeing. The majority of us tend to take it for granted. I should know because I was once that person. There are times we get sucked in by the activities around us that we make sleep the least of our priority. I learned of its value the hard way. Whether you’re watching movies, working or playing video games, you need sleep just as much. There’s a pretty valid reason why it’s recommended that we get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Research has shown that there’s a strong relationship between our health and the quality of sleep we get. Therefore, there’s a great need to minimize distractions and ensure we get good sleep all night long.

As mentioned, video games are among the reasons why many people fail to get a good night’s rest, especially among teenagers and other young adults. Considering how the gaming industry has seen significant growth in recent years and the number of professional gamers is on the rise, the problem is only getting worse. Here’s an in-depth look at how gaming can affect your sleep.

1.   Video Games Cause Changes in Sleep

Quite frankly, it’s safe to conclude that the past century has seen significant advancements in the various sectors – it’s all thanks to technological developments. Although, the impact of tech on the quality of our lives has been immense. it’s not without drawbacks. Video games are an excellent example. Yes, they keep us busy and entertained but then scientific research has shown that there are dark sides to this pleasure among them the negative impact it has on sleep.

Note that, it’s when we overdo it that we get to experience the adverse side effects. Our sleep gets compromised in the following ways:

  • Sleep Latency

If you’re an avid gamer then you’ve probably experienced or are currently experiencing sleep-onset latency. A lot of research done on teenagers has proven that the more you play, especially before bedtime, the longer one takes to shut off. So, among the side effects of gaming on sleep is sleep-onset latency which basically means you’ll take longer than normal to doze off.

  • REM Sleep

REM is an acronym for Rapid Eye Movement. REM Sleep is a state of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements. It occurs at intervals lasting up to 90 minutes. During this state, we experience what can be described as deep sleep. It’s a slow wave or restorative sleep. Gaming excessively interferes with the amount of time we spend enjoying restorative sleep. That negatively affects our brain health and emotional well-being.

It’s worth noting that the various researches done on gaming and sleep have been short-term and no one really knows what the long-term effects could be. Therefore, if you’re a fan of gaming, take the time to ensure that you have excellent bedding by visiting this website. There are other ergonomic aspects to consider such the impact on spine/ back and neck which a good mattress can help ease.

2.   Sleep and Artificial Lighting

The majority of sleep experts and articles all echo one common advice for those seeking to improve their sleep quality. They all agree that electronic devices before bed are a No! No! That’s because, in recent times, studies have shown that our favorite devices, tablets, smartphones, TV sets, and laptops among others all emit blue light. It should worry you because it’s on a wavelength that inhibits production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the circadian rhythm. It’s basically impacting our overall existence by altering our everyday biological cycles. It’s been argued that gaming is even worse when compared to watching because of the interaction we have when playing.

3.   Video Games Affect Sleep Patterns

“Let me play just one more, I know I can pass this level. I just need…..”

That’s how we find ourselves glued to the screen in the dead of the night. As expected, gaming eventually affects our sleep patterns because we tend to stay up late. Changes in sleep patterns or inadequate sleep are bad for our health. If we must play, do so a couple of hours before bedtime.

 

Gaming isn’t a bad pleasure; the right timing is what’s crucial. Video games are bad for our sleep when not done at the right time. It causes changes in sleep patterns, quality, and circadian rhythm.

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good story. Personally I love reading about the people who inspire me and what it took for them to achieve their success. As I am a bit of a self confessed tech geek I think there is no better way to discover these stories than by reading every day some articles or the newspaper . My bookcases are filled with good tech biographies, they remind me that anyone can be a success. So even if you come from an underprivileged part of society or you aren’t the smartest person in the room we all have a chance to reach the top. The same message shines in my beliefs. All it takes to succeed is a good idea, a little risk and a lot of hard work and any geek can become a success. VENI VIDI VICI .

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There are strong indications that Persona 3 Reload The Answer DLC may be on the horizon

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Speculations about the inclusion of The Answer in the latest Persona 3 Reload have been circulating for some time now and seem to be gaining credibility. After being played for some time, new evidence suggests that more SEES action is on the horizon. Caution: Spoilers ahead for Persona 3 Reload!

Completing the game on merciless difficulty will result in Elizabeth from The Velvet Room giving you a cryptic clue, hinting that The Answer is approaching. According to PC Gamer, YouTuber Faz used a cheat engine to reach that stage and record the conversation. Elizabeth delivers players a mysterious message: “At the end of a great trial, the answer illuminates my path.”

The Answer occurs after the events of Persona 3, focusing on the cyborg warrior Aigis in the weeks following the game’s climax and offering around 30 hours of content. Persona 3 Reload feels unfinished until its latest update, which follows the trend of Atlus finding ways to release enhanced versions of their games, like Persona 4 Golden or Persona 5 Royal. Speculations were circulating about The Answer being in development, which aligns with the findings of dataminers. However, an official confirmation is still pending.

Is it possible that we will uncover the answer in Persona 3 Reload? Are you eagerly anticipating it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Remedy reclaims ownership of Control IP from Publisher 505 Games

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Remedy Entertainment has recently revealed that they now have complete ownership of the Control IP, which was previously shared with 505 Games. Remedy allegedly spent 17 million euros for the opportunity; nevertheless, 505 Games will continue as the publisher until 2024 during the transition.

In a recent press release, CEO Tero Virtala mentioned that the company will thoroughly evaluate its options, acknowledging the widespread appeal of the Control franchise among various partners. Furthermore, Virtala shared a quick update on the other ongoing projects now that Alan Wake 2 has been released. “Condor and Control 2 have made significant progress recently, and we anticipate these projects to advance to the next stages of development by the first half of 2024.”

Condor is the codename for Remedy’s multiplayer game set in the Control universe. Control 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the first game, was announced in late 2022 following the developer’s new publishing agreement with 505 Games. The Finnish game studio managed to create a brand-new path for the future at some point in their journey, perhaps as a result of recent successes.

How do you feel about Remedy gaining control of the Control IP from 505 Games? Are you looking forward to what the future holds for the series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Neil Druckmann, the head of Naughty Dog, is not planning to create games indefinitely

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Neil Druckmann, the president of Naughty Dog, believes he may not continue creating video games indefinitely, especially not on the grand scale we’re accustomed to from the renowned creative. He is widely recognized for his contributions to Uncharted and The Last of Us. His positive experience adapting the latter for HBO, combined with a shift in priorities towards family, led him to consider making a significant change.

Druckmann’s reflections were captured in an interview with rapper Logic on his YouTube show, Logically Thinking (thanks to VGC), where he mused, “I guess that I don’t see myself doing this forever at this scale.”. Talking about the importance of spending quality time with one’s children, the subject resonated with the Naughty Dog boss, leading to a thoughtful conversation:

“You mentioned entering a new phase in life where your kids are the top priority, and I can relate because my kids are also my main focus… I understand the value of time and prioritize spending it wisely, especially when others want to share it with me. I’m currently at a stage in my life where I’m contemplating my ultimate goal. When is the right moment to decide to end it?

Druckmann is likely referring to stepping away from AAA game development and studio management to avoid the overwhelming anxiety that comes with those responsibilities, as he mentioned that it can be draining. Managing a large number of people and multiple studios worldwide can be quite overwhelming.

However, he would still need a place to channel all that creativity, and he might not be the only one to fall for Hollywood’s allure: “I can envision myself moving towards something that’s more laid-back and less stressful but still allows me to express my creativity. However, I’ve begun contemplating the number of similar games I have left in me, and it’s not a large quantity.

How many additional projects do you anticipate Neil Druckmann leading? Regardless of the quantity, his impact is expected to endure far into the future as we all eventually depart this world. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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