Is 3-D Gaming Bad For You Eyes?

With 3-D Blu-Rays and 3-D video games preparing to make their way into homes, what health risks can we face with this technology?

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Alcon Caper3111d ago

I would assume Sony and Samsung and other 3D tech developers have tested this product and have determined that it is safe...

..if not...yikes...

mrv3213111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

I got around to reading the article, but still. Read a game manual it'll say

Play for 45 minutes and take a 15 minute break, how many of you actual pay attention to that.

Gandalf3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

i c wut u did thar

wxer3111d ago

"Is 3-D Gaming Bad For You Eyes?"
only if you are a 360 fanboy


of course its not good, but i dont care. Watching tv in general is bad for your eyes. THis is just more crap spewed from lazy fat kids that were never taught how 2 find a real job.

Bodyboarder_VGamer3111d ago

This is kinda off-topic but my vision have been decreasing faster since I got an HDTV and now I get headaches more easily when playing for too much time compared to when I had my old CRT tv.

nycredude3111d ago


Eyesight Deteriorates as we get older, no matter what you do or don't do so I don't give a shit! Might as well enjoy yourself. Fucking hate is strong on the net.

And why is this tagged under xbox 360? Unless I am missing something here.

Darkstorn3111d ago

My vision has deteriorated as I have increased my time using computers and staring at various screens, but I think that's common across most people these days. Hell, looking at your cell phone will make you nearsighted if you do it too much.

What I try to do is look at distant objects whenever I can, be they out a window or across the room. The key is to try to exercise your eye so that it slides in and out of sight patterns fluidly. Unfortunately, being glued to screens for extended periods of time has taken its toll already.

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ReservoirDog3163111d ago

Well, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't 3D tricking your eyes into doing something your eyes aren't supposed to do?

That doesn't seem healthy. Plus, it's a big headache for a lot of people.

nycredude3111d ago

Yeah and guess what? Our two eyes are working in conjunction to "trick" our brain into thinking things in the real world has depth. Does that mean looking at stuff is bad for our brains?

gcolley3111d ago

the difference between games and movies (well FPS anyway) is the crosshairs in the middle of the screen. you direct the focus yourself compared to a movie director who directs your eyes unnaturally for your brain. Games are better than movies for 3D BUT any fast moving 3D is going to look choppy until the refresh rates are greatly improved. one eye sees a slightly different image stage (coupled with a slightly different angle) than the other eye because the image has moved on slightly so this is when it can strain the eyes more-so.

beardpapa3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

Yea and I remember back in the hay day news were telling people how cell phones could cause brain tumors. OH look at us now! 4G's coming and nobody's complaining.

Give 3D awhile to settle in and nobody will care about the 'side effects' whatever they are. At least we don't have to wear those funky blue/red glasses anymore to watch the annual rose parade. Now we got them funky cool xmen glasses!

Maybe oakley should get into the 3D glasses business. =P

M-Easy3111d ago

Oh god more propaganda articles. HDTV is worthless, nobody wants 1080P, HDMI isn't needed, blah blah blah. I wonder who's really behind this crap

MiamiACR3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

Nobody's complaining, except the people with brain tumors. If the 3D has "Side effects" I'm sure the success of it will wholly depend on what said side effects are. I'm sure if it destroys your vision to the point that you'll never see your first pair of real breasts, then I'm sure many people on this site will be put off by it.

IdleLeeSiuLung3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

I don't think any such study is done by Sony or Samsung. It simply isn't feasible for a company to do so other than wait for the results to come in after consumers have used it for a long time.

All I know is, my eyes get fairly tired quickly when watching a 3D movie in the theather which suggest that the eyes are straining a lot. Another thing is there are studies that suggest that your eyes are able to pick up much more detail than your brain is able to process. This effectively means that your eyes are far more sensitive to strain and other potential effects.

nycredude3111d ago

I couldn't help but notice in your first para it sounds like you are talking about MS and the RROD fiasco.

GG (Killzone 3 Developer) has already said that certain high level 3d would cause your brain to malfunction. This is common knowledge but who cares?

Eating strawberrys from Cali can give you cancer in the long run, to much fat and cholesterol can cause heart attacks, too much stress from work or life will make you depress and in some cases burnt out, over working out in the gym will make yiou aggressive, etc, etc.

Get the picture yet? Everything has trade offs, it's part of life.

IdleLeeSiuLung3110d ago

Well the trade-off is tired eyes after 2 hours of viewing?

Watching a 2-hour movie that can cause significant eyestrain with immediate effect is rather serious compared to the long term effects of questionable studies.

Not eating vegetables and fruits have much more damaging effect than eating it immediately. Not working means you have no income to support yourself.

Overworking in the gym will make you aggressive? I never heard of that before... I'm not sure how that relates?

I also have no clue why you are talking about MS/RROD unless you have some ulterior motive....

NexGen3111d ago

Know how I got into gaming? Opthamologist told my parents that focusing on video games are good exercise for the eye muscles. True story and best damn doctor ever lol.

Of course eye strain is bad, but in moderation, gaming and even 3d gaming won't cause damage.

Ilikegames763111d ago

prolonged used of computer, watching TVs for many hours, reading books for hours and playing consoles games for hours on your regular TV is bad for your eyes. Just use common sense and rest your eyes when you feel tired and don't forget to blink too.

Darkstorn3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )


I may like Sony's and Samsung's products, but I don't trust a multinational corporation to test things and conclude that they are 'safe' in the long run. Corporations aim to make relatively short term profits, and if that has a negative effect on the consumer, too bad.

I actually think the government should do some research into this matter. It would be nice to have an objective account of the effects of 3D on spacial awareness. After all, it is the job of a government to protect its people.

Nihilism3111d ago

Just remember everyone, doctors and scientists are all wrong, the makers of these products have your best interests at heart, I mean it's not like they will tell you "it's perfectly safe" just to get morons to sign 24 month interest free repayment plans on a $4000 tv....

Sony,Samsung: "Go back to bed everyone, we have everything under control"

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jack_burt0n3111d ago

Let alone these products check out the fuji camera that uses the same tech the 3ds is using for its screen that can really make you walleye

Joni-Ice3111d ago

Cause im damn sure getting a 3D tv.............Some Day:-)

xxLuckyStrike3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

I tried some 3d glasses the other day... and my eyes felt very wierd once I took them off...maybe some long term effects if worn too frequently...

Arnon3111d ago

Lol my eyes were numb after Avatar. There might actually be long-term effects to wearing 3D glasses.

Capdastaro3111d ago

Bad for your wallet too.

Joni-Ice3111d ago (Edited 3111d ago )

You never lie.

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