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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.

Seizures

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.

Obesity

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.

HANNA-BARBERA Characters get a Re-Design for Comic Book reboot

 

Scooby has gone through many incarnations over the years since his introduction in 1969. Most of the incarnations have either been slight modifications by the inclusion of new characters, like the bad choice to include Scrappy Doo, to reducing the number of regulars in the show, a back to basics series of direct to DVD movies including a musical, to a recent attempt by Cartoon Network to add even more mystery and a running story to the show called ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’ that ran from April of 2010 for two season till April 2013 and is considered the 11th incarnation of the show according to Wikipedia. When it comes to the comic books Scooby has seen plenty of change and shift as well but this new version should be interesting to watch unfold. Speaking about the reboot AND redesign of the characters artist Jim Lee had this to say:

“I’m a huge Scooby Doo fan, as I think most people are,” said Lee during Entertainment Weekly’s initial report. “It’s a multigenerational obsession at this point, and we just thought it would just be really interesting to take the cartoon version of these characters and see where they would be if we took what existed in the very first iteration of the cartoon and moved it into this day and age.”

That sounds a bit dangerous to me. Take a look at the cover art for the new series as drawn by Lee himself.

Scooby Doo Apocalypse

Shaggy seems to be the character with cross-hairs on his back as he’s evolved from a hippy to a hipster with trendy facial hair. Velma looks like she’s been handed larger glasses and a shorter stature. Fred and Daphne seem to be dressed as twins minus the colors and rocking some pretty hefty tech. All of this wrapped up in Lee’s signature style… and tattoos apparently.

Lee has a long history of producing great artwork and his work on the New52 and this mysterious Rebirth for DC has been heralded and lauded so it will be interesting to see how this new version of the historical and “generational” characters of Mystery Inc unfolds.

Personally I’d kinda like to see more of this idea!

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