Tetris Effect, Guitar Hero Eyes, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more are explored by NowGamer. Pretty funny article.
I still suffer from Playstation thumb from playing PES on the PSone. Can I get treatment on the NHS?
I don't get the Tetris effect with Tetris even though I play it the most, Strangely I get it with Lumines. And I constantly get Rockband aftereffect.
This Effect happens to me after a lot of Burnout Revenge and I sit down in a car afterwards. It drives me crazy that I can't ram the other people off the road getting a "Takedown" to finally nitro through the city in riddicoulus speeds. WHERE IS MY GODDAMN NITRO BUTTON? This is what I shout at other people in the traffic jam.
I've had it from Mirrors Edge. I was constantly noticing all the ways I could climb buildings, but almost none of the pipes and duct work were red :)
I get the gh eyes a lot when I duh guitar hero
Never got these from gaming, but I did somewhat get something like it, from Reading for way too long, I kept thing in well worded sentences and crap I can't explain it very well
I dont get any of these. I suppose most people wont, however there will be those few that play a tad too much and so will suffer from one of these mentioned. The only problem I get is playing slightly older racing games and having to hold in X, after a while i feel a slight pain in my thumb and stop. Thats why I prefer using R2 for acceleration and L2 for breaking. Or RT/LT for the xbox. Apart from that I've no problems relating to games. Films however are a completely different story... I turn into a super hero after watching movies :D
Ahh the tetris effect. Every time I start playing Lumines or Tetris I begin to start thinking about blocks and shapes constantly. It actually gets annoying because you keep playing in your mind, but can't stop by just simply turning off the console or computer.
I used to have the tetris effect a lot 'till some years ago. It's specially common to me in dreams. Sometimes I couldn't even think straight, it dominated my throughts... It's like if you are still playing (in my case, mental imagery). I finally went to see a doctor because I had problems to sleep. I wasn't even that much aware of the size of the day-time problem. As I would lay down to sleep my head was taken by visions of a endless, repeating gaming session of whatever I had been playing a lot. When I eventually got to sleep after 2 or 3 hours, I don't dream, I simple keep seeing the same gaming session over and over and I wake up feeling like I didn't slept at all. Seeing the world as your playground is not the same condition, when you can't tell reality from imagination it's schizophrenia. In "tetris effect" most of the time you won't notice yourself that you were in fact doing/thinking of something else 'till you realize you are already seeing a game on your head again. The "pushing others out of the road as in burnout" is just wishful thinking, I belive we all have this moments. Turns out "tetris effect" it's not really gaming related. You can get the same effect from any repetitive mental task. It's like if your brain can't turn off or stop what it's processing, as usually gaming involves elaborating strategies to avoid/take on obstacles and hit the objective, you get yourself in a kind of a thinking loop of such strategies. But I also experienced the same problem preparating for tests to ingress in the police forensics department, I had my mind reading or interpretating law books all the time, to the point I would lost the track in the middle of conversations because of that. In my case all I had to do was disciplinate myself. Never go for hours straight, make breaks every hour or less, do something else in those breaks. It helps a lot when awake to keep control of your thoughts. To sleep it didn't helped in my case, I simply concentrate in other random stuff of my day instead of sleeping. Probably because I had another combined condition. Anyway, I solved it through physical exercises and meditation techniques which eventually helped and now I sleep ok.
Splinter Cell effect I see a pipe and want to climb it and hide in dark corners. Make sure to have your phone on vibrate and keep it in your pocket so not to give away your position. Sure my new girlfriend jokes about me stalking her..well she not my girlfriend yet!
I get slapped a lot after playing Leisure Suite Larry games.....
I've had the Tetris effect! To the extent where I actually dreamt about Tetris, mentally arranged Tetris pieces when not playing and so on... apart from that and a little addiction around the release of Pokémon Blue and Final Fantasy X I think I'm healthy. Oh, and of course whenever I see a crab I get an urge to flip it on its back for massive damage. But don't we all?
I play a crap load of games and never experienced any of this. I've never even had a JRPG dream of madden dream. I have dreams about TV shows/movies but not video games, nor do I ever think about something being REAL outside of the game, of course I did when I was a kid, who didn't want pokemon to be real? I could compare a dew things to when I played yugioh but that's not virtual, lol.
Anyone get the Pokemon music aftereffect? I would stop playing Pokemon and still hear it, vividly. Kinda feel like I'm being subliminally controlled.
No freaking joke, when I was younger I used to play pokemon on my GB like crazy. After I turned off my GB I would continuosly hear the pokemon center music for hours! I thought my GB was on, I looked and it was off. It always happened to me too after I turned off my GB from playing too much pokemon.
I used to get a really weird effect when I played my first 3d games like Virtua Racing and Descent. After playing the games I would close my eyes and basically still see the damn game for hours. I even had a hard time sleeping after playing virtua racing. It went away after getting used to 3d games thou, but it was kinda scary at first.
This happened to me with an old game called "Shadow Madness", but it only happened when I closed my eyes to sleep. Never played longer than a couple hours at a time after that.
He mentions Skyrim and something about cheese but I found that after too long a session in skyrim I may see a plant with colored petals and have an urge to pick them. When I played too much Crackdown (first one) or Assassins Creed sometimes I would look at a building and wonder the best way to climb it. And when I play a lot of racing games I tend to look at cars and wonder how they would perform and if I would like to drive them (no I do not actually have an urge to get into races in real life, but I did start watching more racing on TV like Nascar and F1....though that could also be because all the colors are so pretty on HDTV ;) :P) Oh yea and I definitly have dreams about the different games after too long a session. It doesnt affect me so much with slower RPGs but a fast paces FPS will almost always end up in a dream. I think my brain tries to "practice" or catch up with the events. And, again, no I have never had the urge to shoot anyone in real life... maybe an urge to smack someone around a little....but that happened even in high school before I ever played a video game. I do find playing fighting games or crashing games like burnout help me get through a typical Bengals season so I think games have medicinal affects as well.
I never knew 'The Tetris Effect' was an actual medical condition, but I've seen it myself many a time, depending on what I was currently playing. I quite often find myself gaming in my sleep, which in most games isn't a problem, but at times when I'm playing RPGs I end up in a loop where I come to a branch in a path, follow one path to the end to discover I took the wrong path. I backtrack to the other path, follow it to the end, discover I must have missed something on the other path, backtrack again, and I'm back at square one all over again. I don't get much rest those nights. I once almost ditched my car due to the same thing. I came around a corner to find someone had left a half dozen paint can lids in the street - I had been playing a lot of Fallout 3, and immediately recognized them as mines, and nearly lost it trying not to run them over. With RDR, it was plants & birds - I was always spotting a plant that looked like one of the in-game flowers, and whenever a bird flew overhead, I would whip around and track it as if I was going to take a shot at it.
I suffer of poverty since 1996 Long Live Play :D
i got Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but it is really common not just related to games.
I've had Carpal tunnel in both wrists from months of 12+ hours days of coding, but it's cleared up now. But I do have a recurring game related RSI, "God of War thumb". After an intense 5 hour session my right thumb was wrecked, I couldn't play any button mashers for about 6 months. It's still comes back now and then if I over do it.
I remember a few years ago when I was working on the computer day and night, I lost feeling completely to my left ring finger and little finger and portion of the hand behind those fingers. Freaked me out thoroughly.
I just recovered from that last month. It's a weird feeling of not feeling anything on your finger. It's a hassle cause I do artisan work, I've replaced my mouse because of that.
That will never happen to me. I get both physical exercise and gaming exercise I usually game for 4 hours straight, but I stretch my hands every once in a while, so...
Carpal Tunnel could easily happen though. I'm a very healthy person, but I got Carpal Tunnel. I'm only 22. :/
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I agree, it doesn't happen to everyone. I play games a lot for all my life and none of these happen to me.., Maybe because all I play are JRPGs ( some WRPGs ) and Madden. No FPS for me.
That Guitar Hero eyes thing is weird. First time it happened I was a little weirded out.
LMAO same here! xD
at the time when i was playing Warhawk.. i used to scan every corner of the alley/road to see if there are any mines.
I remember a couple of summers ago I had played Assassin's Creed 1 and 2 non-stop for a few days, then whenever I went outside for a while I kept looking at possible climbing points, etc. on buildings :P
I can't believe I have not gotten carpal tunnel syndrome with all the years I have played games.
wasted 5 minutes reading this nonsense and another 5 minutes telling the whole world about it. Please !!!
my fingers hurt lol...play with a fight stick smashing down on the buttons will hurt ur tips....and the old ufc games shinning the joystick will mess up my palm of my hand...but i wouldnt really blame the games...blame urself lol
"Earling also revealed that the 1995 shooter Descent had the same effect when people got into their car, causing drivers to grow confused at their vehicle’s lack of weaponry." I am crying!!!
Guitar Hero eyes FTW!
After playing Mortal Kombat for hours on end i used to get thumb cramp! Even got the dreaded PLAYSTATION THUMB really bad!! had to take a week off work.. my thumbs have never been the same.
After a lot of portal I'm always on the look out for great portal spots to speed up my journeys...
lol Guitar hero eyes i miss those
Neither weird nor shocking.
here are my symptoms. starting to get cramp on my left trigger finger. falling asleep, when ever I get killed in a game MY EYES FLASH and head spins a bit. but after a few hours rest or a week not playing get back and play the same game.
Used to get Max Payne disorder. Running into doors expecting them to open. Sigh.
When I used to play various Street Fighter on PS1 some of skin the skin on my left thumb wore out and and I couldn't play properly for days.
I got a little problem that is referred to by me as "Jetpack finger". Ever since playing Halo:Reach my left pointer finger has gone into an arthritic shape. (To the point that my finger looks like from the top knuckle it is swollen and disfigured.) Mainly I am assuming from the continuous use of the "LB" button for activating abilities, and in my case it was Jetpack use that was my downfall. It has somewhat eased in the pain category due to having switched to BF3 lately and not using my Jetpack skills with the LB button. But it is something that hasn't gone away completely and will be my gaming scar for life it appears.
Never had any of these and i'v been gaming for over 20 years. If you are getting Carpel from playing console games then you must not be doing it right. When I play my wrists are usually in my lap. Which is soft or i'm standing up at a kiosk and they aren't touch anything. The only way i see someone getting carpel is from resting your wrists on a table in front of you while you play. That and PC. Even then i think getting carpel is extremely easy to avoid. Even if your like me and play games 8 hours a day because you have no life at all. lol
I can never be a PC gamer because for some reason the way I control movement with the arrows makes my hand hurt after 30 mins. It's weird because I can type forever pain free.
inFamous destroyed my life. I was literally trying to climb up walls without even realizing it. It was scary.
I can wait until the medical community recognizes videogame addiction as a legitimate disease like alcoholism. That way employers will have a duty to accomodate and I can collect disability and have more times to play games. /s
I kept thinking about how to strategically place portals outside after playing Portal 2. I literally had to remind myself that portal guns don't exist.
I experienced the Guitar Hero Eyes thing for the first time after watching a justin.tv stream of Bit.trip Runner. Everyone in the chatroom and the broadcasters themselves experienced it at the same time once he quit playing the game. We all dubbed it "Bit.trip wooah!" It was quite wild.
I got CTS from playing shooters on PC. Fortunately gamepads were invented.
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