It’s not only fun to make Mario move, it’s good for your vision too!
According to a study at the University of Rochester, playing “action” video games improves your contrast sensitivity function, crucial for things like reading and night driving. And, previous studies show playing video games teaches our brains to track fast-moving objects of various shades, colors & shapes. The military recognizes the benefit & is starting to incorporate this into some of their training regimens!
Why am I so excited about this? I have been an avid video gamer since 1984 when the original Nintendo Entertainment System arrived under our Christmas Tree. Adults would tell me, ‘Bart, you’re going to ruin your eyes spending so much time playing those video games’! As a busy adult, I still cherish my stolen moments with the XBox360 console. And now, I have a great response for naysayers!
Written by Bart W., Technician with Milwaukee Eye Care