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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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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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