Learning through video games isn’t lame

Finally, the world is starting to figure out that learning through video games doesn’t have to be lame! Why is it that so many people think that good video game entertainment and a good learning experience are mutually exclusive to each other? Perhaps, it began in elementary school when the only “video game” approved by teachers was OREGON TRAIL. (Yup, I just gave away my generation).

A recent NPR piece illuminated the truth that gamers can have a great educational experience even if the game wasn’t “specifically designed” to be an educational game.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Take books, for example. Not all books are written to give you an “educational experience.” However, most parents would be very happy if their child is picked up a book on just about ANYTHING. The process of reading is enough of an educational experience.

The same is true with gaming.

Aside from the fact that many games have a historical context to them (which is, of course, educational), just the process of trying to “do your best” to win, is a good exercise and educational experience. It teaches patience, perseverance, and dedication. It can also help teach goal-keeping, when trying to conquer elements of a game.

There is so much in this world to learn. There’s learning that happens in the classroom and learning that happens outside of the classroom. Frankly, we are CONSTANTLY learning. I contend, that the best learning happens when we actively seek out ways to better ourselves. If the “lesson” is teaching us to be better humans, then ditch the lesson altogether. It’s a wellness paradigm that has served me well and is reflected perfectly in this yoga blog I follow.

So, while the world is shut-down in pandemic mode, perhaps parents should chill out a little more when their kids want to play a video game.

They just might learn something.

Gamers, remember to EAT!

You know you’re absolutely dedicated to something when you forget to eat, forgoing food in order to keep doing that “something”, uninterrupted, for as long as possible.

I love gaming as much as the rest of you. However, as much as I love gaming, it will NEVER replace my first love, which is food 🙂

Taking a break for food isn’t just important because you get necessary sustenance, but your body. needs. a. break. from. gaming! (at least, once in a while).

We’ve all read the tragic headlines, but in case you’ve lived in a cave for the past few years, here are a few just to remind you:

Tragic teen gamer dies after ‘playing computer for 22 days in a row’

Teen video game addict dies after marathon session: report

10 Gamers Who Tragically Died Playing Videogames

Gaming, like all addictive activities, is difficult to reign in and control. If we’re not careful, we become so controlled by our gaming habit that it wreaks havoc on our relationships and our wellness.

According to the psychology website, psychguides.com, “video game addiction is a very real problem for many people.”

One sure sign that your addiction is out-of-control is when you fail to eat. If you’ve reached this point, then STOP right now (well, at least finish reading this article and then STOP right now), turn off the computer, stand up, and go for a walk outside. Help your body reset.

Confession time: When I finally accepted that my gaming addiction was out of control, I started attending a yoga studio once a week that I discovered from a local blogger friend who runs the site readysetwellness.com. Yoga has added some much to my life! Yes, it sounds cheesy, but it is true. I am still a gamer as much as ever, but I’ve achieved a balance and sense of self-control that was lacking for YEARS.

Five Health Risks Gamers Face

Musculoskeletal Issues

When Nintendo dominated the gaming scene of the 1980s and 1990s, the term “Nintendonitis” was coined.  The term describes tendon injuries in the wrists of gamers.  Today, the term has been updated and is called “gamer’s thumb” which is a close cousin to “Blackberry Thumb”.  The best solution is preventative measures which include stretching exercises for fingers before and after gaming sessions.  Gamers might also consider looking for more ergonomically-friendly keyboards and other control devices.


In recent years, warning labels have begun to appear for video games and movies that contain high-intensity light effects.  These intense light effects have been documented to trigger epileptic seizures in some children.  The risk is mainly a concern for people who are already predisposed to epilepsy.  The best way for gamers to steer clear of this danger is to maintain a distance of 8-to-10 feet from the screen and wear sunglasses.

Vision Problems

The human eye wasn’t designed for long-term, all-day focus on computer screens.  Yet, this is exactly what gaming does to millions of devoted gamers every day.  Long-term focusing on screens can cause eye strain.  To help mitigate this, gamers should use the 20/20/20 rule: For every 20 minutes of gaming, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  This will recalibrate your eyes and give them a break.


The more you sit, the fatter you get.  This isn’t just a gaming issue, it’s a symptom that our increasingly sedentary society suffers.  Gamers are particularly vulnerable because many of them are sitting all day for work or school and then, upon returning home, will plop into their captain’s chair to launch another four hours of gaming until bedtime, stopping only to eat (while still sitting). 

In addition to its sedentary positioning, gaming also contributes to obesity because the more we sit the more we eat.  So, next time you get situated for a gaming session, keep the chips to a minimum and be sure to stand and stretch every half hour!

Lack of Vitamin D

There’s some truth to the stereotype of gamers being “basement dwellers”. This is simply because gamers typically prefer (and need) a space away from the central activity of the home.  By hiding away in the basement, bedrooms, or anywhere else in the house . . . for hours on end . . . gamers simply don’t get enough sunlight which means they don’t get enough Vitamin D.  Aside from simply heading outdoors more often to get sunlight, alternatives include using supplement Vitamin D.  Some supplements to go after include one of the Melaleuca products Vitality Vitamin D3 or Now-Foods Supplement. Each will give you the necessary Vitamin D boost without heading outdoors.

No game is worth more than your health, so have fun, but be well.


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