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2013-03-11 12:36:31 AM
The article neglects to mention some of the terrible downsides, like Cheeto Dust Lung and vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight in mom's basement.
 
2013-03-11 02:14:24 AM
Far less rick of pregnancy and stds than average.
 
2013-03-11 02:19:31 AM
Unlike my favorite hobby, mountain biking, you hardly ever get your leg torn up so bad you can't walk for a week, and have to sit home playing video games...
 
2013-03-11 02:19:32 AM

L.D. Ablo: The article neglects to mention some of the terrible downsides, like Cheeto Dust Lung and vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight in mom's basement.


The worst was having to explain to the school nurse how I acquired my Donkey Kong Rickets.
 
2013-03-11 02:20:27 AM
I'm surprised they missed the "become a better surgeon" angle.
 
2013-03-11 02:25:13 AM
Damn page wouldn't load....
 
2013-03-11 02:53:03 AM

JPINFV: I'm surprised they missed the "become a better surgeon" angle.


That's not an article about Dr. Mario!
 
2013-03-11 03:07:53 AM
I've learned patience from gaming.

Of course, I also have an old PSP that I literally tore into two pieces ("Steambot Battle Chronicles" is bullshiat, by the way).
 
2013-03-11 03:08:15 AM

JPINFV: I'm surprised they missed the "become a better surgeon" angle.


Given the amount of victims patients I brutally murdered unsuccessfully treated in Life & Death before performing my first fully successful appendectomy it's probably best I didn't become a surgeon.

/Then Life & Death 2 came out and I tried stabbing people in the eye with a needle just to see if I could.
//The answer was yes btw.
///Master Surgeon in Trauma Center.
 
2013-03-11 03:08:20 AM
Now you are talking. Now gamers can take the offensive on those who keep on saying that video gaming is unhealthy. In addition, do you know that female gamers are more sexually enjoyable that non-gamers?

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2013-03-11 03:14:34 AM
I just got done playing five straight hours of Assasin's Creed to, so, you know, a kick, etc.
 
2013-03-11 03:14:43 AM

belhade: JPINFV: I'm surprised they missed the "become a better surgeon" angle.

That's not an article about Dr. Mario!


Dr Mario?
 
2013-03-11 03:20:57 AM
I find I shoot less heroin whilst playing computer games...so there's that.
 
2013-03-11 03:22:57 AM
Blew my lower back out in a construction accident back when I was 22. Spent 5 years in constant pain, doped up to the gills on painkillers. Playing City of Heroes keep me from going insane before and after all the surgeries.

When I was playing the game I was able to block out the fact that all I wanted to do was crawl into a corner and die from the constant mind numbing pain. It sounds crazy, but I credit that game with keeping me going, especially on those days where walking wasn't even possible due to the nerve damage.
 
2013-03-11 03:25:03 AM
Wow, Verfall.  Any better, now?
 
2013-03-11 03:29:40 AM
Playing video games helped to convince me to get outside more and do real things.

Thanks video games!
 
2013-03-11 03:30:46 AM

SpdrJay: Unlike my favorite hobby, mountain biking, you hardly ever get your leg torn up so bad you can't walk for a week, and have to sit home playing video games...


HA! What originally got me in to cycling was that I needed exercise from sitting around on my arse too much playing video games.
 
2013-03-11 03:36:29 AM
They've helped to make me the man I am today. For what it's worth. And a large part of my generation as well.

I wonder, when our parents bought us that first Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum or Amstrad CPC or for the weathier and less fortunate that BBC Micro, were they only thinking that it was the new thing and should help us with homework somehow, or did they in some way realise what a profound and lasting effect those computers would have on our lives?

/obligatory hey hey 16k  http://www2.b3ta.com/heyhey16k/
 
2013-03-11 03:42:37 AM
I used to be honest. Now I cheat like a Dodge City card shark.
 
2013-03-11 03:48:01 AM
I still remember having my left middle finger smashed in a car door on the way home from school the very damn day I got my original NES and had to waste time in the hospital getting it wrapped up and in pain while playing. And when my teacher asked the next day why I didn't get my homework done, "because of your nintendo?" i sure did present said middle finger

/I don't know why the hell this CSB relates to this thread but the hurting your leg mountain biking and having to sit playing video games story made me think of it.
 
2013-03-11 05:09:01 AM
Do shnozberries still taste like schnozberries?
 
2013-03-11 05:11:14 AM
I have an autistic 4 year old that loves to play Little Big Planet. We sit with him and talk about the game, say hi to the characters, etc. Much of what he learns playing has carried over to real life and helped improve his speech, socialization, and fine motor skills.
 
2013-03-11 05:14:21 AM
I don't know.... Skyrim is sorta ruining my social life right now.

/There goes went my three day weekend
 
2013-03-11 05:46:42 AM
It's not like I'd be outside anyway.  Got to keep occupied somehow.
 
2013-03-11 06:00:00 AM

Mind of the North Star: I don't know.... Skyrim is sorta ruining my social life right now.

/There goes went my three day weekend


This. Daedric weapons are motivating me more than food.
 
2013-03-11 06:06:39 AM
Oh, look. It's this story again.

Lack of worthwhile content coupled with confirmation bias and a desperate need to eat sometime this month means we'll sit down and manufacture tripe out of thin air that sounds like news, but is actually olds beneath a thin lacquer of tramp-paint.

This just in: sitting in front of a screen all day working on your carpal tunnel damage, eye-strain and poor social skills is not going to do you any favours. Surprise!
 
2013-03-11 06:43:16 AM
Let's find health benefits in things we already do instead of doing healthy things

/Cotton candy has no trans fats
 
2013-03-11 06:49:18 AM
My fat gut will protect me and keep me alive during a famine.
My lack of movement has kept my joints from eroding.
 
2013-03-11 07:27:00 AM
so instead of taking OxyContin i can just pop in Dr. Mario??
 
2013-03-11 07:48:11 AM

L.D. Ablo: The article neglects to mention some of the terrible downsides, like Cheeto Dust Lung and vitamin D deficiency from lack of sunlight in mom's basement.


Hey!  You can get plenty of Vitamin D from all the mushrooms that grow down there in the dark.
 
2013-03-11 07:53:01 AM

randomjsa: SpdrJay: Unlike my favorite hobby, mountain biking, you hardly ever get your leg torn up so bad you can't walk for a week, and have to sit home playing video games...

HA! What originally got me in to cycling was that I needed exercise from sitting around on my arse too much playing video games.


There's 24 hrs in a day.  I can bike during the day AND play video games at night.  In the winter I like to use my stationary bike in front of the TV whilst playing Dirt 3.  Some part of my brain makes me feel like pedaling faster will make my car go faster in the game.  ....in fact, someone should make a game that can do that if it hasn't already been done.
 
2013-03-11 08:09:32 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: Oh, look. It's this story again.

Lack of worthwhile content coupled with confirmation bias and a desperate need to eat sometime this month means we'll sit down and manufacture tripe out of thin air that sounds like news, but is actually olds beneath a thin lacquer of tramp-paint.

This just in: sitting in front of a screen all day working on your carpal tunnel damage, eye-strain and poor social skills is not going to do you any favours. Surprise!


-he says as he sits in front of a screen working on his carpal tunnel damage, eye-strain and poor social skills.
 
2013-03-11 08:22:17 AM
Don't know if it was true, but there was a story floating around the internet years ago about someone who played so much Everquest he forgot to keep doing crystal meth and kicked the habit.
 
2013-03-11 08:23:32 AM
For some reason I never developed the attraction/interest for gaming.  I'm a tech artist but gaming just doesn't do it for me.   The other parts of the family like it but I just don't have an interest in it.
Trying for change though.
Kid needs tech help with SIMMS so that might help.  Planning on an X box for the holidays this year so the move from Wii might help some as well.

Don't even play Angry Birds - wife thinks there's a part missing I think.
 
2013-03-11 08:40:55 AM
From the Atari we got at age 6 to the high-powered gaming rig and consoles my family owns today, gaming has always been a part of my life.  I plan to be a cranky old git in retirement, giving scathing reviews to the nubs I'm forced to play with in my 3DVR game lobby.
 
2013-03-11 08:52:12 AM
helped my negotiating skills.  probably earning an extra 5k from my new job because I was balls with the "desired salary" on the job app.  Thank you Madden Franchise Mode Contract Resignings.
 
2013-03-11 09:16:31 AM
An mri found 2 ruptured discs in my lower back last fall, playing videogames helped me kick the subsequent dilaudid habit. Recently spent six weeks off work with a broken rib, Planetside 2 helped keep me sane and ignore the fact that every breath sent a jagged spike of pain through my torso.
 
  Have pledged to spend all my free time at home in front of the 42" monitor hoping to avoid any more injuries I sustain from simply stepping out my front door and into our farked up society. Anyone else loving the latest Tomb Raider as much as I? The ps3 version is total eye candy.
 
2013-03-11 09:20:22 AM

randomjsa: SpdrJay: Unlike my favorite hobby, mountain biking, you hardly ever get your leg torn up so bad you can't walk for a week, and have to sit home playing video games...

HA! What originally got me in to cycling was that I needed exercise from sitting around on my arse too much playing video games.


Yep. Same here.
 
2013-03-11 09:33:18 AM
This study provided to you by the fine folks at Frito Lay and Pepsi Co
 
2013-03-11 09:41:07 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: I used to be honest. Now I cheat like a Dodge City card shark.


What brought that on? Some sort of archery-related incident?
 
2013-03-11 10:40:16 AM

Ohlookabutterfly: An mri found 2 ruptured discs in my lower back last fall, playing videogames helped me kick the subsequent dilaudid habit. Recently spent six weeks off work with a broken rib, Planetside 2 helped keep me sane and ignore the fact that every breath sent a jagged spike of pain through my torso.
 
  Have pledged to spend all my free time at home in front of the 42" monitor hoping to avoid any more injuries I sustain from simply stepping out my front door and into our farked up society. Anyone else loving the latest Tomb Raider as much as I? The ps3 version is total eye candy.


It's pretty great. Even with certain things turned off while I wait for an update from NVidia / SquareEnix, it's a gorgeous game on my PC. The minimalist "not there when you don't need it" UI makes things that much better too.
 
2013-03-11 11:02:33 AM
Cures depression? No wonder I'm so happy all the time! Its all the Assassin's creed and Skyrim and Call of Duty I play. It all makes sense now. Nothing makes me laugh more than 11 year olds getting all butt hurt because a 30 year old woman beat them at a shooting game. The things that comes out of their mouths, oh the lulz I have.
 
2013-03-11 11:02:41 AM

FoxKelfonne: Ohlookabutterfly: An mri found 2 ruptured discs in my lower back last fall, playing videogames helped me kick the subsequent dilaudid habit. Recently spent six weeks off work with a broken rib, Planetside 2 helped keep me sane and ignore the fact that every breath sent a jagged spike of pain through my torso.
 
  Have pledged to spend all my free time at home in front of the 42" monitor hoping to avoid any more injuries I sustain from simply stepping out my front door and into our farked up society. Anyone else loving the latest Tomb Raider as much as I? The ps3 version is total eye candy.

It's pretty great. Even with certain things turned off while I wait for an update from NVidia / SquareEnix, it's a gorgeous game on my PC. The minimalist "not there when you don't need it" UI makes things that much better too.


  I'm a dedicated pc gamer as well but started Tomb Raider when it first came out on the sega saturn oh so long ago and can't seem to break the console habit. Same with the GTA series.
 
 Also, just quit a decade long loyalty to ATI/AMD last week in favor of an MSI lightning gtx680 and intel i7. The fanboy in me lost the fight to performance and is weeping in the corner. Not that anyone besides my Memory Express sales girl (thanks Jennifer) should care.
 
2013-03-11 12:24:02 PM
I DNRTFA, but I was JUST looking around the internets for good video games for kids to learn to read. I don't mean stupid "reading games". I mean something like Super Paper Mario, which we just got, which he's burning through reading, even though the language is intentionally sesquipedalian.

I find it offensively stupid that there are articles about how great video games are for reading... And then no one actually lists any farking video games.

I guess I'll go read the article now.
 
2013-03-11 02:21:25 PM

Aidan: I DNRTFA, but I was JUST looking around the internets for good video games for kids to learn to read. I don't mean stupid "reading games". I mean something like Super Paper Mario, which we just got, which he's burning through reading, even though the language is intentionally sesquipedalian.

I find it offensively stupid that there are articles about how great video games are for reading... And then no one actually lists any farking video games.

I guess I'll go read the article now.


   An ex and I were going to adopt some special needs kids (not implying anything about yours) and she swore by those leapster products.  Personally, I just read to them at bedtime and encouraged them to participate. I've always found the tykes take more interest in something if I'm willing to commit time to do it with them.
 
2013-03-11 03:52:11 PM

Ohlookabutterfly: An mri found 2 ruptured discs in my lower back last fall, playing videogames helped me kick the subsequent dilaudid habit. Recently spent six weeks off work with a broken rib, Planetside 2 helped keep me sane and ignore the fact that every breath sent a jagged spike of pain through my torso.
 
  Have pledged to spend all my free time at home in front of the 42" monitor hoping to avoid any more injuries I sustain from simply stepping out my front door and into our farked up society. Anyone else loving the latest Tomb Raider as much as I? The ps3 version is total eye candy.


The latest TR? Oh God yes. I have beaten it on PC with an 80% completion.
 
2013-03-11 08:54:59 PM

SpdrJay: Unlike my favorite hobby, mountain biking, you hardly ever get your leg torn up so bad you can't walk for a week, and have to sit home playing video games...


I used to think that, until I took an arrow to the knee.
 
2013-03-11 09:38:49 PM
I'd love to see a "therapeutic" yet realistic RPG set in a modern day office, cubicles and all. Something with an opportunity to make a zip gun from paper clips and a used toner cartridge and end that bastard who keeps stealing everybody's Lean Cuisines from the office fridge.
 
2013-03-13 01:12:49 AM

Ohlookabutterfly: MSI lightning gtx680 and intel i7


is the i7 really better than AMD?
 
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