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Action Games Improve Eyesight

I’ve had many an argument online with folks obsessed with ‘you’ll go blind’ mentality towards video games, amongst other things. I feel vindicated today as I read that a study found video games are “good for eyes”, far from being harmful to eyesight action games provide excellent training for what eye doctors call contrast sensitivity.

Contrast sensitivity is the ability to notice tiny changes in shades of grey against a uniform background, and is critical to everyday activities such as night driving and reading. It often degrades with age.

The findings, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveal a previously unsuspected adaptability in the brain, and could open the way to new therapies, the researchers said. ”This is not a skill that people were supposed to get better at by training,” said Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Rochester in New York state and the study’s lead researcher.

”It was something that we corrected for at the level of the optics of the eye – to get better contrast detection you get glasses or laser surgery.”

”What we found is that even without this correction you can help your brain make better use of whatever information is received from your retina,” she said.

For the study, Bavelier and three colleagues conducted two sets of experiments. In the first, they compared the contrast sensitivity of hard-core action game players with video game aficionados of the same age who preferred less rapid-fire fare.

In action games, players typically target and shoot figures that pop up suddenly on a computer screen. The researchers found that the action buffs were 50 percent more efficient at detecting contrast. But there remained a chicken-or-egg question: had their vision been improved by playing, or did they become action game players because they had better than average contrast sensitivity to start with?

To find out, Bavelier asked two groups of non-action video game players to undergo 50 hours of training. One played a popular point-and-shoot game called Call of Duty, and the other played a game that offered a rich visual experience, but one bereft of action.

”We found that the people in the first group improved by 43 percent, and the other group not at all,” she said. As important, the study also found that the improvement was not transitory. ”The positive effect remained months, even years after training, indicating long-lasting gains,” she said.

Is there some limit beyond which playing action games loses its positive effect or becomes detrimental? Can you, in other words, have too much of a ‘good thing’?

“For your visual system, probably not. For your social life, perhaps,” said Bavelier.

Tik Tok Parody Video

Two things that made me laugh so hard I almost wee’d.

The Most Bachelor Thing You’ve Done and this wonderful little parody of Tik Tok by Kesha that I’m surprised isn’t viral yet: –

Posted: December 16th, 2009
Categories: general, movies, music
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Finally, Depeche Mode T!


Finally, Depeche Mode T!

Originally uploaded by BaSH PR0MPT

Good solid teamwork is essential for this award, no wonder it takes forever to get. I noticed a friend of mine, hebebebe was playing L4D2 Dark Carnival, I wasn’t intending on touching the xbox today at all, but I had to give it a shot.

His team was full, so I grabbed a random campaign of Dark Carnival with noobs, ran them to the end so they could get their 20G for finishing it, I joined late and they didn’t grab the gnome.

Figured I’d try one more time, but his game was full and I landed in the last part of the campaign with someone carrying a gnome lurking in a corner. Worth a shot I thought, so I threw out the fireworks and petrol and fell back to a defensive position laying down a supressive fire across the rear of the stadium, the other players to my shock did the same! They knew basic tactics and teamwork. WTF?!

Long story short teamwork made the difference, with our backs to a wall at all times we put up a hell of a fight and I emptied my klash three times into the horde before the chopper landed. At this point you get a huge rush of zeds and a tank pop out, I ran straight to the best pull zone and molotov’d the lot and got the tank on me asap, went down pretty fast but bought enough time for the team to retreat to the evac chopper! I knew that as long as the gnome got on board we’d all get it, but I was still shocked to see (30G – GUARDIN’ GNOME) appear on my screen!

So much effort for something so trivial, but hell, it’s a depeche mode shirt, how awesome is that shit?

Big congrats to BeatsTheBear and RedSox4Ever23 for the epic win, one more victory in World War Z! 😉

Click here for the walk through on how to get it!

Prada Amber Pour Homme


Prada Amver Pour Homme

Originally uploaded by BaSH PR0MPT

I am just about to walk out the door and put on some prada and realized just how amazing this stuff smells. Amber Pour Homme is Prada’s first fragrance release for us boys back in 2007, developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier.

It centers on four accords, Prada Eau de Parfum for women, a fresh cologne accord, a fougere and a suede. The notes include bergamot, mandarin, neroli, cardamom, geranium, vetiver, orange blossom, myrrh, nivanolide musk, labdanum, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, patchouli and leather. It has a citrus fresh cologne in the top notes and smells sophisticated yet casual.

Now that I’ve convinced half my audience I’m a raging gay man I shall resume my day! 😛

EDIT: My previous post was about cars! CARS! Cars are manly, ok? They totally offset this metro post, got it?! 🙁 And yes, I noticed the typo in the heading, I blogged from my iPhone, my fingers are clearly too fat to meet Apple’s ISO standards. Fixed now! 😉

Posted: December 3rd, 2009
Categories: general, lifestyle
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Assassins Creed 2


Assassins Creed 2

Originally uploaded by BaSH PR0MPT

So I’ve had this game a while and never got around to playing it, it’s reasonably fun! I have one issue though, I can’t be stealthy. I keep confronting guards rather than avoiding them and I perpetually loot and pilfer cash off innocent civillians.

It does, however, seem the easiest way to make money, period. I’ve got spiffy scarlet dyed robes and leather spaulders equipped, and a nifty sword I just picked up after your original sword (which you only get when your father is arrested along with your initial white robes) is disarmed and taken from you in a cut scene by some very serious business looking guards in platemail.

I’ve racked up about 100 achievement points doing very little for my xbox account though, they make you feel like gaming has a purpose other than wasting time. Speaking of the time, it’s nearing 6 AM. :/

Posted: November 28th, 2009
Categories: flickr, games, general
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Xbox hacking, custom photos

So, I’ve noticed the Xbox only allows you to have a VERY restricted choice of gamer pictures, and the only way to get PERSONAL pictures up is to take a photo of yourself through the special massively overpriced xbox webcam which only your friends can see. It’s still rather lame you can’t upload graphics, so after an hour or so wasting time on google to make sure that there is no possible way out there to make custom gamer personal pics I decided to think a little laterally.

If you can hack this up, you can mount any graphic. Keep in mind, at the moment people take photos of drawings and shit or try and take photos of their laptop screen and it all looks terribly fail.

The thing you want to be able to customise is here, and is only visible when you have your webcam plugged in.

The only way I can think of doing it is to splice the webcam’s cable onto an RSA video cable and plug it into a PC with a TV/AV card and mount it as a display. So you’ll fool the xbox into thinking it’s viewing through a webcam but it’s really viewing your computers screen. Then you load up any image you want to use as your personal picture, and mount it full-screen, then save it on the xbox as though you were taking a ‘photo’ through your webcam.

Downside is you butcher a perfectly good albeit massively overpriced proprietary camera, upside is the epic buff of your geek points off the richter. I’ll give it a shot sometime in the near future and will post results if someone doesn’t inb4 me and hack up their camera.

 

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