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Major Health Risks for Gamers and How to Prevent Them

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If you are reading this, then you love playing video games, and you are not alone. Millions of people around the world play games to have fun, get an escape and hang out with their friends. However, while it is easy to lose yourself in your favorite game, proceed with caution. 

Though you may not realize it, playing video games regularly can create its fair share of medical issues. These conditions can range from mental health issues to hand pain and vision deterioration. But worry not. By understanding the risks and taking preventive measures, you can play safely. We will talk about exactly that and offer some suggestions to ease the pain.

Mental Health

Video game addiction and its threat to our mental health are newsworthy, and experts conclude this for several reasons. 

One area often discussed is video game addiction. When we game, our brains release dopamine into our systems, which leads us to feel pleasure. This rush can be more excessive than when engaging in other tasks because of the constant movement and instant gratification. While not everyone will become addicted to that feeling, game in moderation and engage in other activities in between.

Avoiding contact with people outside of gaming could lead to isolation and social anxiety. Gamers who continue to self-isolate can sometimes be drawn to dangerous activities such as consuming drugs and alcohol. They also struggle to form relationships, which could, in turn, result in depression.

The chance of depression is very real, and it can be inescapable if actions are not taken. For starters, it is a smart idea to reduce gaming time to a more moderate pace. If that doesn’t help the situation, then it may be time to consider therapy. Medication may also be necessary. Keep in mind that the chemistry of antidepressants prevents them from working on everyone. Thus, if you still feel apathetic or you can’t sleep at night, talk to your doctor about an adjustment.

Physical Pain

While you may not always be engaged in physical activity when playing, there is the chance of bodily harm if you don’t use caution when gaming over time. For instance, you may have noticed that your eyes begin to get tired after a few hours and that is due to eye strain. If you aren’t careful, staring at screens for too long could result in double or blurred vision, dry eyes, and excessive headaches. To mitigate the damage, follow the 20-20-20 rule, where you pause the game every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

The most exciting video games can have you gripping your controller, white-knuckled and ready to go, but caution is necessary as repetitive movements can result in carpal tunnel syndrome (pain in the wrist) and gamer’s thumb, which is pain due to repetitive movements of your fingers. Tennis elbow is also possible if you use your wrist and arm a lot during the game. Do your best to avoid these ailments by taking a break during gaming sessions to stretch your hands and see a doctor if you begin to feel pain.

While not everyone will be affected, video games have also been tied to seizures, which are sudden electrical disturbances in the brain. Sometimes, flashing graphics and jumping scenes can trigger these seizures in those predisposed to epilepsy and they can be very dangerous, especially if you have an episode while alone. To prevent harm when falling in the case of a seizure, make sure to stand or sit at least 10 feet from the TV and you may want to wear sunglasses if the game you are playing has an epilepsy warning. 

Lack of Physical Movement

A final health threat that can impact many gamers is obesity, typically due to a lack of activity after sitting for long periods of time. When we fail to engage in even moderate exercise, our bodies become weaker, there is an increase in the risk of severe health risks including heart disease, and our lungs lose capacity, so it is easier to feel breathless even when engaging in moderate activity.

To stay fit and avoid potential damage, make it a habit to get up and walk around after every hour of gameplay. When you wake up in the morning, engage in 20 minutes of running on the treadmill or even power walking through the neighborhood. Also, be sure to watch what you eat. When we are stationary, we tend to trick ourselves into thinking we are hungry, but avoid overindulging in fast food and drink water throughout the day to crave those feelings.

Those who feel they are in good physical shape may not have to worry about obesity, but if you sit for long periods, you may be doing other harm to your body. One common ailment for gamers is deep vein thrombosis, which is the development of blood clots in your veins, often due to a lack of movement. If left untreated, the condition could result in aches and pains in addition to an increased chance of cancer. To avoid this possibility, move around as you play. If you are a computer gamer, get a standing desk so you can stay active.

In the end, while gaming may be fun, like every activity, it is not without its risks. By thinking and acting proactively, you can enjoy your games for years to come and stay healthy along the way.

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Arrowhead is looking into an auto-kick feature to address Helldivers 2 players who are going AFK

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Helldivers 2 has seen a rapid rise in popularity, presenting both opportunities and challenges for Arrowhead Game Studio. Although one could argue that the studio has produced a modern masterpiece, Helldivers 2 is still prone to persistent connection issues. Players who have shown great patience with the ongoing server issues in the game are now starting to clash, focusing on personal gain instead of uniting for the success of Super Earth.

IGN reported that players are pleading with Arrowhead to include an AFK auto-kick feature on the Helldivers subreddit. This request comes after some players confessed to remaining logged in to continue playing and bypass the unpredictable server connection process. This issue requires an urgent resolution.

@Arrowhead GS: You’re gonna need an AFK timer.
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The leader of Arrowhead, Johan Pilestedt, was informed about the problem and assured that the developers were investigating the situation. “I have already communicated this to the team,” Pilestedt confirmed. Regarding Helldivers updates, Xbox players are now petitioning Arrowhead to release the game on their platform after comments from Xbox boss Phil Spencer about the game’s exclusivity.
Are you still playing Helldivers 2? Would you risk the fate of Super Earth to fulfill your own self-serving wishes? Let’s all reaffirm our commitment to democracy in the comments section below.

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Cameron Monaghan Open to Reprising Jedi Role in Live-Action Star Wars, Under Certain Conditions

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Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi series has garnered significant acclaim from players, with Cal Kestis’ gripping journey of survival serving as a focal point. Actor Cameron Monaghan, renowned for his portrayal of Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor, has expressed his openness to bringing the character to life in a live-action adaptation. However, Monaghan emphasizes that certain conditions must be met for him to consider reprising the role.

During a panel at FanExpo Vancouver 2024, Monaghan, known for his roles in Shameless and Gotham, provided insight into his perspective. While many actors would eagerly seize any opportunity to join the Star Wars universe, Monaghan’s willingness to portray Kestis in live-action hinges on the narrative significance and continuation of the character’s story. Merely appearing as a superficial presence would not align with his vision; there must be substantial meaning and relevance for Kestis within the context of the story.

As anticipation builds for a potential third installment in the Star Wars Jedi series, Respawn Entertainment’s reported development of a first-person Mandalorian game raises intriguing possibilities. Could Kestis find himself embarking on new adventures within this immersive gaming experience?

Fans are speculating and curious about the possibility of a live-action Star Wars movie starring Dominic Monaghan. Would such a project capture your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Resistance Retribution on PS5 and PS4: A Platinum Trophy Well Within Reach!

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Step into the shoes of a resistance fighter and prepare to wage war against the Chimera in the remastered edition of Resistance Retribution for PS5 and PS4. Originally a powerhouse on the PSP, this third-person shooter makes a triumphant return to Sony’s modern consoles, promising an exhilarating experience despite its handheld origins.

From the moment you pick up your controller, you’re thrust into a world teeming with relentless action and gripping narrative. While the transition to emulation might reveal some of the game’s limitations, its solid gameplay mechanics ensure an adrenaline-fueled ride from start to finish.

Achievement hunters, rejoice! With a whopping 23 trophies up for grabs, earning the Platinum Trophy is well within reach. Most of these accolades tie into the game’s captivating storyline, ensuring that every mission feels essential to your journey. Whether you’re mowing down enemies with a variety of weapons or facing your first demise, each trophy serves as a testament to your prowess on the battlefield.

In essence, conquering resistance and retribution is more than just a victory—it’s an invitation to adorn your collection with a shiny new prize. So, are you ready to take on the challenge and claim your rightful place among the elite? Share your conquests with us in the comments below, and let the world know that the fight for humanity’s survival has only just begun.

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