Tag: Health

  • News New Study Says External Issues Are More Likely To Blame For Gaming Addiction, Not Gaming Itself

    Finds no evidence of gaming as a disorder

    A new research study conducted by Oxford University has found insufficient evidence to suggest that gaming should be classified as a clinical disorder. It notes that gamers who are heavily affected by the problem are likely to be suffering from wider, unrelated issues. The study comes as a direct response...

  • Feature "Nintendo Killed My Son!" - Pulling Apart A Tragic Headline More Than Two Decades On

    How a single story rocked the games industry

    Video games have often been blamed for many of society's ills, and only this week has the news broken that a Canadian family intends to take Epic Games to court over the addictive nature of Fortnite, which, they claim, has "ruined" the lives of their children. The case cites the classification of 'video...

  • News UK Doctors Can Now Refer Young Patients To Be Treated For Video Game Addiction

    Specialist services for those aged 13 - 25

    England's National Health Service (or NHS) is set to open the country's first specialist clinic designed to treat young patients suffering from video game addiction. Doctors can refer patients starting from today. The services will aim to help children and young adults aged from 13 to 25 who are considered...

  • Video Work Up A Sweat With This NES Indoor Cycling Game

    Welcome to the RacerMate Challenge II

    Indoor cycling has really taken off in recent years, with innovations made with modern smart turbo trainers such as the Wahoo Kickr combined with software such as Zwift, which offers cyclists who wish to get in some virtual miles in their pain caves a gamified experience as they can user power-ups to gain an...

  • Poll As "Gaming Disorder" Becomes A Thing, Is It Time To Assess How Much You Play?

    Doctor WHO?

    You can expect to hear a lot about the addictive nature of video games over the next few days, because the World Health Organisation has just published the latest draft of its updated International Classification of Diseases manual, and a, "gaming disorder," is listed as a genuine medical condition. It's been a long time...

  • News Devolver Digital Is Releasing A New SNES Game, And It's For A Worthy Cause

    Buy a game, prevent mental illness

    Devolver Digital and Megacat Studios are teaming up to create a brand-new SNES game which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues within the game development industry. Fork Parker’s Crunch Out was announced at the Game Developer Conference today, and is available to preorder...

  • Weirdness Switch's HD Rumble Helps Australian Man Discover Tumour In His Hand

    "If it hadn’t been for the Switch I wouldn’t have gone to the doctors"

    The Switch's HD Rumble is pretty impressive - but as Australian programmer Chris discovered, it has added benefits. Posting on Reddit, Chris explained that as a huge Nintendo fan, he bought a Switch early on. During one of his many heated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sessions,...

  • News ESA Attacks World Health Organisation's Decision To Classify Gaming Addiction As A Mental Disorder

    "Common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive"

    The Entertainment Software Association trade group has criticised the World Health Organisation's decision to classify gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.  The ESA says the report - which will be included in the WHO's 11th International Classification of...

  • News Gaming Addiction Is Officially A Disorder, According To The World Health Organisation

    Should you stop waggling that joystick so much?

    Do you find it hard to resist picking up the controller, even when it's at the cost of other important things in your life? You could be suffering from a mental disorder according to the World Health Organisation, which has just published its 11th International Classification of Diseases - the...

  • Random Game Boy Advance SP Screen Found Inside Electrocardiogram Machine

    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 240x160 pixel display...

  • News New Report Claims Pokémon GO Could "Measurably Affect US Life Expectancy"

    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...

  • Random Turns Out Mario Kart Might Make You A Better Driver In Real Life

    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...

  • News Short Bursts Of Tetris Can Help To Control Certain Cravings, Claims Science

    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...

  • News Don't Worry Colour-Blind Gamers, Splatoon Has Got Your Back

    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...

  • News Animal Crossing Helped This Artist Get Through Her Chemotherapy Treatment

    "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...

  • News Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

    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...

  • News New Study Finds No Connection Between Video Game Violence And Its Real-World Equivalent

    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...

  • News British Tabloid The Sun Brands Gaming "As Addictive As Heroin"

    "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...

  • Parent Trap Wii Fit U Accepts Our Varied Bodies

    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...

  • Video Family Gamer TV Is Putting Wii Fit U Through Its Paces This Christmas

    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...

  • News UK Study Finds No Link Between Video Games And Behavioural Problems In Children

    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...

  • News You'll Be Able To Use Wii Fit U For One Month Free Of Charge

    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...

  • News New Study Suggests That Violent Games Are "Therapeutic" For Troubled Kids

    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...

  • News Nintendo "Didn't Know What To Do" With The Wii Vitality Sensor

    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...

  • News The Creator Of Retro City Rampage Suffered To Bring The Game To Market

    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...

  • News Research Discovers That Old Timers Are Far Happier If They Game

    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...

  • News Masahiro Sakurai's Arm Injury Impacts His Work On Smash Bros.

    "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 latest...

  • News Evidence Indicates Wii Fit Is Beneficial For Children With Movement Difficulties

    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...

  • News Games Do More Damage Than Passive Smoking, says Doctor

    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...

  • News Nintendo Refutes Claims of Widespread 3DS Headaches

    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...

  • News 3DS May Be Beneficial to Young Players' Eyes, Actually

    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...

  • News Nintendo Issues Warning on 3D Image Safety for Kids

    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...

  • News New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

    £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..

  • News Dropping Tetrominoes Might Help with Post Traumatic Stress

    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...

  • News Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

    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..

  • News Hiroshi Yamauchi Gives Millions to Cancer Treatment Hospital

    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...

  • News Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

    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...

  • News Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?

    "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..

  • News Wii Treatment for Parkinson's Trialled

    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..

  • News “Everything In Moderation” Says Nintendo

    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..

  • News Surgeons Could Benefit From Playing Wii

    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..

  • News Painful Wii Injuries Shocker

    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..

  • News Wii-hab

    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..

  • News Sir, Yes Sir.

    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..

  • News Play Wii, Burn Calories

    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..

  • News Interesting Wii Music And Wii Health Rumours

    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..

  • News Wii Weights Will Enhance Your Workout

    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..

  • Competition Woman Dying For A Wii, Dies

    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...

  • News Can You Handle The Wii Pain?

    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..