A New Reason to Play Video Games

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mark Griffiths, a professor of gambling studies at Nottingham University wrote in an article in the British Medical Journal that video games can be a distraction for children undergoing painful treatments. "The degree of attention needed to play such a game can distract the player from the sensation of pain," he wrote in the Journal..."They had less nausea and the painkillers used were less." Check out the story here. Nice to see entertainment in a positive light for a change.

Certainly not the worst treatment imaginable. From personal experience this does seem to help. The power of occupying the mind is simply amazing. Especially in the middle of the night when distractions are hard to come by. With the pain occupying every waking thought, pleading for it to end. No one is up to talk to. Reading can be seemingly next to impossible. TV is shorted lived. Music can work but normally for very short periods. So why not find a game you can immerse oneself in? What else are you going to do at 3am?

I bet there is a game for everyone. Ask the neighbourhood geek what is good. Maybe your children can point you in the right direction. Of course give Google a wander. Sites like Gamespot or Gamerankings can be invaluable. If today's latest and greatest games are not your thing head over for some classic 80s gaming online at 80smusiclyrics. Another instrument in the toolbox in the fight against chronic pain. One can never have too many.

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
-Bill Cosby



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