Quality of Life?
It's not out of the ordinary to find common, off-the-shelf parts in a wide range of consumer electronics, but a recent discovery by Twitter user Jan Henrik has us well and truly puzzled. Upon cracking open a Medical Imaging Electronics (MiE for short) ECG Trigger Unit, Henrik discovered that the machine's 250x183 pixel display...
Game has encouraged an additional 144 billion steps in the US alone
One of the key elements of Pokémon GO is walking - not only do you have to trek around to catch monsters and pillage PokéStops, but you also have to rack up steps to hatch eggs - and it has already been pointed out that the app encourages people to partake in additional physical...
Just don't thow any bananas skins, please!
Gamers rejoice - a recent study has revealed that playing action videogames can improve your real life driving skills. New York University Shanghai participants were trained by playing Mario Kart, using a steering-wheel controller to drive a go-kart on a track. The data showed that by playing Mario Kart the...
Games are good for you
A three minute block-busting blast on Tetris can curb the desire for food, alcohol and cigarettes, a team of researchers is claiming. A team of psychologists from Plymouth University and Queensland University of Technology conducted an experiment to monitor the impact of playing Tetris on a group of 31 participants aged...
Ink-lusive to a fault
Being colour-blind is no laughing matter, especially if you're a keen gamer. Those of us fortunate enough not to suffer from the problem take it for granted just how many games rely on accurate colour perception; such titles are tricky to play if you can't tell one colour from another, and as a result, many colour-blind players...
"The mundanity of it is really comforting"
Chicago artist Krystal DiFronzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the blood - last August. Like all cancer suffers, she had to deal with a lot of worry and heartbreak, but found an unlikely aid in the Nintendo 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf. DiFronzo has created a series - called...
Legal teams are going bananas
When actor Parker Mills stepped into a Donkey Kong costume to promote the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, he most likely assumed the job would be a piece of cake — after all, what's better than being the mighty Kong for a day, right? However, Mills ended up earning more than...
Report suggests violent games actually curb real-world crime
Whenever violence raises its ugly head there is the understandable desire to find a scapegoat, and over the entire course of human history this has often been the entertainment media. In the '50s it was music, in the '70s it was horror movies and from the '80s onwards, the blame has been...
"The next level of mental health risk"
UK mainstream newspaper The Sun has launched an investigation which claims that video games are as addictive as the drug heroin. The report has been published in today's edition of the tabloid, and can be read online here behind a pay wall. The feature puts forward brain scans as evidence that violent titles...
Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has another look at Nintendo's fitness title
Video games reflect wider society’s desire for the perfect body. Having children only presses this issue home and means I’m pickier about the shape of our video-game protagonists. However, I have been happily surprised then to see how Wii Fit U handles this. Rather than...
Fight the flab
With Christmas approaching and the excess that goes with celebrating the season appropriately, our thoughts will soon be turning to reclaiming our former vigour. Don’t worry though — Wii Fit U is at hand, and what’s more you can try it for free for a month (up to January 31st). If you like it you can then get the full game by...
11,000 youngsters accessed in scientific research
A study by The University of Glasgow of around 11,000 children has found that no connection exists between playing video games at an early age and problems with behaviour later on in life. Researchers asked mothers to note the amount of time their children played games and to report on any issues...
Trial download available from November
Nintendo has announced that it will be giving Wii U owners the chance to fight the flab for free with a entirely gratis one-month trial of the forthcoming Wii Fit U. From November 1st, North American and European Wii U owners will be able to download the game from the Wii U eShop and take part in 77 different...
Play as much Mortal Kombat as you like, young one
Video games have long been blamed for many of the ills of modern society, and violent titles such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat are regularly used as scapegoats to explain tragic incidents, slipping moral standards or general delinquent activities. However, new research at...
Neuro-technology professor gives his take on the vapourware heart monitor
The Wii Vitality Sensor was announced in 2009 but has never seen the light of day — and Professor Roger Quy thinks he knows why. Speaking at the recent NeuroGaming Conference in San Francisco, Quy passed his own opinions on why the strange peripheral never made its way to...
Brian Provinciano is keen to work with Nintendo again, though
Vblank's Brian Provinciano has been speaking about the development of Retro City Rampage, and has revealed that getting the game finished came with a terrible price for him personally — it impacted his health. Talking to Wii's World, Provinciano explained the events surrounding the...
Video games are good for you after all
It's not just surgeons who benefit from a spot of video gaming - old people do, too. A newly published academic study has concluded that older people are happier and gained a higher level of well-being through frequently playing computer games — even if only for short spells at a time. Researchers at the...
"Now I realize how important it is to have your health"
Kirby and Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine that he's picked up a painful injury which is hindering his work — although it's worth pointing out that he stopped short of saying his situation will result in any kind of delay for the...
Some positive press attention for gaming, for a change
A UK-based pilot study has uncovered evidence that using Wii Fit could aid the development of children with movement difficulties. The study is a collaboration between Sussex Community NHS Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and academics at Goldsmiths, University of London and Oxford...
Excuse us while we smoke a Wii Remote
Despite the best efforts of Nintendo to turn gaming into a healthy pastime, the potential link between poor health and video games will be mined for countless years to come, with one such study claiming the negative effect of video games are more widespread than first thought. Craig A. Anderson, PhD's article...
Responds to refunds, too
Lynchpin of tabloid sensationalism The Sun has recently kicked up a fuss over the Nintendo 3DS, claiming thousands of users have suffered headaches and dizziness as a result of using the machine, but have been refused refunds at retailers. Now Nintendo UK has stepped in to respond, a spokesperson stating: Recent reports are incorrect. The number of calls and emails with..
Could help with diagnoses
Nintendo's no doubt covering itself with its recommendation that kids under 6 don't play 3DS, but the American Optometric Association has issued a press release stating the machine could actually have benefits. In fact, optometrists, professional health care providers committed to children's vision and eye health, say 3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders..
Kids under 6, stick to 2D
We've heard plenty of times over recent months that 3DS could cause eye problems in later life, and now Nintendo is taking no chances by issuing a formal statement aimed at parents of young children, advising them to play with the 3D effect turned off. Nintendo quotes vision researchers who claim: There is a possibility that 3D images which send different images to the..
£35,000 grant to fund research
Can playing Wii games help to combat Parkinson's? That's the question being asked by Queen's University Belfast's Dr Cathy Craig, who's just received a grant of nearly £35,000 to investigate the console's possible benefits to sufferers of Parkinson's. In a recent survey of Parkinson's sufferers, 68% of respondents claimed they felt the console helped them manage..
Stacking blocks good for you
Anyone who's played Tetris – i.e. everyone ever – can attest to its soothing qualities as they stack block after block aiming to create those lovely lines. Now a new study suggests that playing the game isn't just good for fun, it may help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientific journal...
Won't somebody please think of the children?
When the Wii was first launched there was practically a media frenzy regarding the supposed flood of waggle-related mishaps. People reported cut hands, broken TV sets and black eyes, among other issues. Nintendo duly issued rubber jackets for the Wii Remote and took measures to strengthen the fabric wrist strap, and all was seemingly well with the world..
Former Nintendo president opens new centre in Kyoto
Under the fifty-year reign of Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo went from a tiny company to the multi-billion pound giant we know today, so it's no surprise to hear Mr Yamauchi is still pretty well-off when it comes to cash. He's not buying solid gold race cars and diamond-encrusted TVs though: he's...
University study finds balance board works out
It may not be quite the exercise package some had come to expect, but it appears Wii Fit may have benefits in other applications. A recent study by Kansas State University found that use of the game in the recovery programme of an injured soldier helped to improve his balance after a serious brain...
"Wii-hab" proving useful for sufferers
A hope of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease could very well lie in an unlikely source! Over the course of summer, the Medical College of Georgia researched the effects of “Wii-hab” on people with the disease. 18 people were asked to play Wii Sports for an hour a day, three times a week for four weeks. The results have shown that all..
The health benefits of games like Wii Fit have been the topic for debate, but use in physical therapy looks more and more viable.
A researcher at the Medical College of Georgia in the United States has recently released initial results of trials using Wii Sports in physical therapy sessions with sufferers of Parkinson's disease (a degenerative disease that affects motor skills) with some extremely..
The Big N responds to internet scare-stories
Nintendo has responded to negative comments regarding the implications of playing too much Wii by insisting that the machine is perfectly safe, so long as players don’t “overdo it”. The advice came from the lips of Nintendo PR-guru Anka Dolecki and was intended to counter the flood of complaints from Wii owners claiming to suffer from problems such..
We didn’t realize that Trauma Center was that realistic!
If you happen to be unfortunate enough to find yourself needed brain surgery in the near future, you might want to check that your surgeon is a keen gamer. According to reports from a group of science-type boffins, playing Wii helps these skilled individuals to ‘warm up’ for the arduous task of poking around inside people’s skulls..
Who are these idiots and what are they doing with their Wiimotes?
Everyone loves a good scare story, don’t they? I’m sure we all recall the tales of SNES games making kids have fits in the early ‘90s and the relatively flimsy evidence supplied to support this theory. Well, it seems that history is repeating itself. The Wii has been so popular and successful a backlash was almost inevitable..
Latest craze in the US, no not forest fires, its rehab companies now using Wii to help reabilite its "clients".
There are a lot of things Barbara Everlith can't do since she suffered a stroke. Grasping objects with her left hand doesn't come as easily as it used to. She can't stand or walk as steadily as she once did. Everlith has learned how to play tennis on a Nintendo Wii video game system at..
It seems the Wii can absolutely do no wrong; even G.I. Joe has ordered a console for his squadron.
Well, not actually fictional character G.I. Joe himself - but moreover the army have been using the Wii's cutesy graphics and innovative controls as a mental chill pill for working soldiers, and even as a recovery tool. With the Wii keeping physio-therapists in Germany busy as they research the..
Personal trainer in Scotland explores the benefits of playing Wii every day.
"Zander Urquhart, 32, is thought to be the first fitness expert to adopt the Nintendo Wii as an exercise machine. Four people at a time can exercise using the Wii's unique motion-sensitive controller to mimic a tennis racket, baseball bat, golf club or boxing gloves. University studies suggest players can burn 125..
Nintendo's Greek distribution CEO George Katrinakis has shed some light upon upcoming Wii titles Wii Music and Wii Health.
Wii Music was seemingly unveiled at last years E3 whereby the gamer uses the Wii Remote as a baton in order to conduct an orchestra of Mii characters. Interestingly a stripped down form of this gameplay was seen in Wario Ware Smooth Moves. In Wii Music gamers will be able to..
A couple of weeks ago I was genuinely going to do a test for NintendoLife.com based around how fit you can get from playing the Wii. I was not the only one to notice an increase in the size of my biceps.
Unfortunately some American blogger had already beaten me to the idea and recorded himself losing a total of 9lbs just from playing the Wii daily. While we all wait for a string of fitness games to..
28 year old Jennifer Strange was dead after a radio station contest to win a Wii console for her children.
CNN have reported on the tragic conclusion to KDND's contest, the death of one of its contestants. She was one of a few whom stepped up to the challenge of seeing how much water they could drink before needing to goto the bathroom...
Unfit Americans complain about the Wii, "mommy, it made me move my arms", perhaps a lawsuit waiting to happen?
In the country where lawsuits are far to common, are Nintendo looking down the barrel of a gun? We've seen multiple reports of gamers "complaining" of aches and pains caused by hours of Wii action. "I woke up Saturday morning after a Friday filled with at least 10 hours of playing..
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