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Pro’s And Con’s Of Video Gaming With Fibromyalgia

I love playing my video games. There isn’t a videogame in the world that I wouldn’t try once. My favorite type are MMORPG’s or Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. I could play those games for days, and I have. If you aren’t familiar with that style of game, it’s Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, Everquest and games similar to that. In these games, you can choose your character and you are granted quests. As you complete quests, you level up. The higher you get, the more powerful you are. After playing for hours, or even days, it started to get rather painful for me.

Easing Pain After A Long Night Of Gaming

Computer Games

Gaming is painful, especially if you aren’t sitting in the right position or in the right chair. Playing video games is supposed to be enjoyable, whether you do it for work or for fun, but after a few hours, my back is on fire. There are some people who make videogaming their entire life, but it’s not a good thing. If you’re sitting all day, it can lead to muscle atrophy, which is the weakening of the lower body muscles. Not only that, but it can lead to a great amount of other issues such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Bad back
  • Tight hips
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Risk of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Risk of diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Stiff shoulders and neck

If you already have health issues, such as fibromyalgia or back pain, it may be harder for you to recover from a long day or night of gaming. I would suggest taking a look at some mattresses that are built for people with fibromyalgia, that way you don’t have to give up what you love because of some pain you have.

Benefits Of Gaming

As a gamer, I’ve been told that I was wasting my time and that I was wasting my life on stupid games. What people don’t know is that gaming has many cognitive benefits. Playing video games gives you an improved visual contrast sensitivity. A study showed that a person playing 50 hours of an action video game, spread over the course of 10-12 weeks, improved their ability to tell the difference between very subtle shades of gray.

It was also shown to treat amblyopia. Lazy eye is something that happens in early childhood and it is something that makes the eye pretty much non-functional. A study showed that some adults who played action video games with only the bad eye, showed improvements with the eye function.

Video gaming also improves spatial attention, the ability to track moving objects in a field of distractors, reduces impulsiveness, helps overcome dyslexia, improves executive functioning, increases mental flexibility, reverses mental decline that comes with aging, and improves job-related skills.

Conclusion

As you can clearly see, there are definitely some proven pro’s and con’s of video gaming. If you aren’t too overly concerned with the lack of social skills that may come with sitting in a room all day, then I suppose that could be one more pro of this hobby. Just make sure you are easing that pain that may come along with it and that you aren’t letting it completely consume you life.

You Know You’re a Gamer When

Gaming is big business. It’s huge for the industry, making billions of dollars in revenue and profits, but it’s massive for the millions of fans across the globe who shell out not just money but time, too, on their favorite hobby. It’s hardly a surprise that it’s one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Games are becoming the new movies and as the technology evolves, so too do the games we play and the time we spend becomes more and more. If you’re a regular gamer, check these 5 things out that you will know all too well.

Dreaming in Games

Girls Dreaming

When you spend so much time gaming that you actually dream about the storyline and the characters is when you know you’re spending too much time playing. You’ll tend to live out crazy and unusual events in your mind, even things that make no sense. When this happens, take note. It means that your subconscious self is thinking about the game and the progress you’re making even when you’re not actively putting your mind to it. Which is freaky to think about! It’s time to put down the controller and step away from the console.

Sunlight, What Sunlight?

Sunlight

This could also be called ‘Fresh Air, What Fresh Air?’ as you take yourself further and further away from the real world – literally – and dive into a world of computer graphics and fictional characters. Which sounds awesome, until you realize it’s been 2 days since you last left the house and you’re starting to feel and look a little gross. Open a window, take a deep breath, and go and get some fresh air before you turn into the seat you’re sitting in. And talking about the seat you’re sitting in…

Crippling Back Pain

Crippling Back Pain

You’ve been sat in one position for two days in a row and your back can’t take anymore. Your skeleton is beginning to take the basic shape of a sofa. In all seriousness, it’s never advisable to spend so much time in a slouched and strange position, and you need to fix this. Or at very least find a way to improve your posture while sitting gaming. You could even get a good posture brace to help, and if you’re worried about having to wear it too long don’t. According to Perfect Postur, if you make a smart purchase, you don’t have to wear the brace that long.

This is where getting a Nintendo Wii might actually be helpful, as it gets you moving around more and helps your circulation, which by now may be a medical requirement!

More Online Friends Than Real Life Friends

There’s not much else you can say on this. This is a regular occurrence and every hardcore gamer will have pals they know from the online world of whatever game it is they’re playing. And there’s nothing wrong with this, but it is a telltale sign you’re a huge gaming geek.

A Gaming Fridge

The best part of being a gamer – the gamer fridge. A perfect place to keep your drinks cold and your snacks chilled, while not having to leave to comfort of your awesome gamer chair. I’ll raise a nice, ice cold drink to that!

Create a Gamer’s Lair All Your Friends Will Envy With Lights And Sound

Let’s face it. Hours can feel like minutes when you’re really getting into a new game, and it can be easy to spend an entire day trying to accomplish whatever mission you’re set out to conquer. Considering the amount of time you likely spend playing games, it’s worth consideration to create a gamer’s lair all your friends will envy. With so much exciting technology on the market, it’s easy to create an atmosphere that best reflects your personality.

LED Light Bars

Who says the party has to be kept indoors. Consider setting up a gaming area on the porch or other outdoor area you have available. Using LED light bars, you can set the right amount of illumination to create the mood that best fits your personality. Best of all, you can even choose from a variety of exciting colors. You can best ensure you make the right decision when you utilize sites like Light Bar Liason. Here, you can read reviews that will help you learn the features and benefits of various products to help make the right choice.

Rockin’ Sound System

With graphics and imaging increasing in quality, video games have come a long way since the nostalgic times of Donkey Kong and the seemingly ancient Italian plumber brothers. Today’s games have become increasingly lifelike. In fact, actual professional football players are scanned in action in order to most accurately simulate their avatar on video games.

You can increase the virtual reality experience when you supplement your gaming equipment with a rockin’ sound system. Not only will moments of suspense be amplified, but you can also better enjoy a clear and crisp audio experience that will more closely connect you with your character and his or her environment.

Increase Social Network

Not everyone is into video games, and it’s not uncommon for gamers to feel they are restricted to enjoying their free time primarily with like-minded individuals. This doesn’t make us antisocial, and there is a simple way to ensure your gamer’s lair is inviting to anyone with the spirit to have a good time. There are a variety of additions you could make including:

  • Pool table with an aiming projector to help guide shots
  • Dart board
  • Installation of a custom bar to bring everyone together no matter what game’s being enjoyed

Gamers come in different shapes and sizes. While not all find optimal enjoyment in video games, they all enjoy competitive spirit and the chance to forget their worries for a moment and just have fun.

Investment Worth Making

You only live once, and you should ensure you’re able to fully appreciate the moments doing what you love the most. Whether you’ve never changed spots since you used the original Nintendo in the corner of your bedroom or have long been considering the establishment of an official spot, there are endless opportunities available to help you personalize your ultimate gamer’s lair. The investment is well worth making considering the countless hours you’ll more thoroughly enjoy.

Remaking The Classics

There have been numerous items in the news today about how some major names in the gaming industry are remaking their classic games.

What do we mean by classic games?

Well, if you were born during the time when the oldest of the playing consoles were first invented, then you pretty much know that these classics are those that hit it big time during the old days, when pixels were still, well, “pixelated,” games were only offline, and no cheat codes were available.

Yes, the classics are coming back, according to major creators like Nintendo and SEGA.

For SEGA, they said they will be bringing back around 100 classic games, the most famous of which is SEGA’s famous trademark – Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sonic the Hedgehog
Image Credit: en.wikipedia.org

I remember playing this classic game that my father showed me. At first I was like “this is all the game you had? How can you have fun with such a game?” I  was not seeing anything fun about it at all. It was not an online game, it was 2-D and it had poor graphics compared to the games I play today. My dad however, just shrugged his shoulders and said “that kind of graphics was already state-of-the-art during my younger years and that game is not as easy as you thing it is.” He annoyingly convinced me to try playing it and so I did.

And was I never so wrong about a game. Sonic was a fun game. It was a very basic looking game and it had basic objectives, yet it was such a difficult game to accomplish because the levels get harder and harder as it goes. My father gave me tips every now and then but he never took away the old family computer game controller from my hands. He said I should do all the work – no walk-throughs, no cheating, no clues, and no other form of help whatsoever. He was determined to make me a fool for saying earlier that it was not a fun game and that it looked too childish for my taste.

It was really a fun experience. And now that SEGA has announced that it will be releasing a much modern version of the game (modern in terms of graphics and compatibility with other consoles), I am more than excited to try it out and play it with my friends, as this time, it would be available online and in multiplayer mode.

Here is a video of the original Sonic The Hedgehog:

Negativity and Positivity of Gaming

Video Gaming Positivity
Image Credit: sharkberg.com

Online computer games take the world by storm. They remained to be the source of entertainment and obsession for many people, especially today’s generation. A lot of people are hard core gamers because the enjoyment they get from the game is beyond compare.

However, there are some negative connotations to gaming that I wish would soon end. Gaming has put in the bad light because many gamers don’t know how to put things in balance. They are preoccupied with games that they tend to forget to focus on other important matters.

Gaming should be fun and enjoyable, but not to the extent of ruining your life balance. As a gamer, you should know how to put things first. If gaming disrupts other areas of your life, then it becomes unhealthy. In this case, gaming becomes an unhealthy obsession. Hard core gamers tend to forget how to take care of their body. Gaming late at night can disrupt your sleep pattern, which has a direct impact to your health. Some gamers even skip meal because they are too engrossed in their game. Little by little, gaming becomes a sedentary lifestyle and you are not even aware about it.

On the other hand, gaming has a positive effect to the brain because it keeps the brain active. However, you have to keep in mind that too much of anything is bad for your health. Do not forget to take a short break at a regular interval. Spend some time doing physical activities so as to keep your body healthy and fit. Sleep as much as you can. Always remember that gaming is good but only if done on a scheduled basis.

Despite the still existing negative connotations on gaming, I know that little by little, people are starting to see more benefits of gaming rather than the negative ones, especially with the rise of e-sports. Regional and world tournaments are already being held and sponsored, giving room for gamers to become professionals and compete like they are real athletes.

I would not mind being part of that scene someday – to be called a professional gamer would be such a big thing for us gamers. Who would not want to earn while playing the games that make us happy and skillful and connected?

This dream is the reason why I continue to be passionate about my gaming. But also, as I pointed out some negativity, I still continue to live a balance life – study, friends, family – because it should also sink into the minds of all gamers and gamer-wannabe’s that online gaming is a positive thing in life so we should do our roles in making sure that it is seen as such.

Ready for Minecraft!!

Has anyone ever asked you what your favorite video game to play? I get that asked a lot actually. There is always one game that people love and always go back to play whenever. That one game that never really gets old to you at all. Well, today I am going to tell you about that game for me. I am sure that many of you guys already have played it or have heard of it. If not. Well, then maybe you just are not a true gamer!

Minecraft is probably my favorite game to play. I have been playing it for years and it yet has gotten old to me. You guys know how certain games can get old to you pretty quick. The beauty of Minecraft is that it just never really gets old at all. After playing it for hours and hours the fun just seems to never end.

I think it never gets old because you are in control of everything with Minecraft. For those of you who do not know what it is about here is a little rundown about the game. Well, you build your own little world. Everything is made how you want it to be. You have total control over your world. Also you can play online and go to other peoples virtual worlds!! That is the best part of the game to me. Also they are coming out with a new one next month that has a story mode. This is a new feature and actually I am a little excited about it to say the least!

Once you start playing Minecraft you will not be able to stop. I bet that you will be looking for a Minecraft hosting site. I recommend Brink Hosting. I have always used them and have never had a problem. Honestly I think they are the best ones out there.

I hope everyone will at least try Minecraft out. It is so addictive. You have been warned!

What To Do During A Gaming Break

Even when we consider ourselves addicted to gaming, and that gaming is all that we do, all day long. That is not entirely true. We also have our lives to live and careers to build and eyes to let rest. So, sometimes, we take gaming breaks once in a while. We have to, to refresh our brains.

What I personally do when I take a break is get a good drink from the fridge (whatever is available) and then get back in front of the computer and check on the different online surveys that I have subscribed to.

There is never any harm in earning a little extra money, and paid online surveys are very accessible. One only requires an internet connection and a few minutes of one’s time to answer survey questions that different companies conduct via the internet.

A paid online survey basically requires you to input a legitimate email address where they could send you notifications whenever a survey is open for participants. In order for you to provide basic information, you have to sign up into different paid survey sites, complete membership profiles, then they direct you to dashboards with a list of surveys, or they send you links through your provided e-mail.

Now, it is just a matter of finding out which survey sites are legitimate and which are scam sites.

To avoid scam surveys, you should NOT participate in survey sites that:

  • Ask for registration fees or any form of payment. Scam survey sites endorse very “cheap” registration fees while promising greater income. However promising the site is, when they require any fee at all, it is a scam.
  • Offer a fixed monthly income. Survey sites cannot offer any fixed rates because most of the time, survey sites pay per survey, and each survey is worth a different amount. Surveys range from $1-$25 for some survey sites. Hence, only the participants can dictate how much they are willing to earn, depending on the number of surveys one can answer in a month.
  • Require too much personal information. Basic information such as name, location, and age are essential for the survey sites to establish your demographics and help them assess which surveys fit your profile. However, when a survey site goes as far as ask for your Bank account number, Social Security Number and even when they require your mobile number instead of leaving it as optional, then best avoid such sites.
  • Do not explain how they will pay you for the surveys you answer. When they keep on endorsing high income from their surveys without telling you the money could actually reach you, the site is a scam.
  • Do not have a privacy policy, or have a fake privacy policy. More often, people tend to neglect reading the privacy policies of different websites. For survey sites, and other sites that could be risky, reading through the privacy policy can help you determine how safe all the information you provide are.
  • Try very hard to convince you that they are not scams. The harder they try, the more likely they are scam. You have to trust your instincts especially when you think what they offer you is too good to be real.
  • Have complaints or are listed at websites like Scam.com and RipOffReport.com

When you do decide to try out this side hobby of mine, you should get yourself a good internet connection because surveys can be a little tricky. If you do not have a stable connection, you can end up wasting your survey slots and you get nothing for the minutes you spent answering their sometimes exhausting surveys.

A piece of advice is to avail of an internet connection that uses the SIP trunking by AT&T. I’m not messing when I say you need to have good connection when you want to earn doing online surveys. You won’t regret gearing yourself with a steady and organized net provider like AT&T. You won’t regret getting one (if you haven’t already) because aside from securing your paid online survey needs, it will more than  satisfy your gaming experience. No more  Ping drops and FPS drops if you get their quality services.

Game Review: Fantasy Adventure

In the current state of our world where everything is so fast paced and work-oriented, we tend to get a little detached to the social world. Heavy work load, nine to five pace, overtime, and many more ways just in order to keep up with the increasing cost of living. This cause our body great stress making it harder to cope up with the increasing loads of work so we tend to find ways to decrease this stress build up. Many people would go to the gym, or go out on Friday or Saturday nights. Sometimes, this is just not enough. Luckily, a lot of games have been making their way around and landed right on your mobile phone!

There are lots of new, fun, and exciting new games ready to be played on your mobile phones. This is a great way to reduce a lot of stress because it is very much accessible any time and the better part of it is that most of them are free!

You can choose from a very wide range of genres. From simple puzzle games, to side scrolling action adventure, or even role playing games. Stress handling has never been this easy.

With these choices at hand, it would be hard to choose a game that you would get yourself hooked on to but when I stumbled on this one game, I can’t seem to get my hands of my phone. It almost always runs out of batteries due to excessive game play. This game is an offline RPG wherein you control several characters. With a rich story revolving, you just won’t get enough of this game.

A game made by UserJoy, this RPG is a point and click type of game where you need to strategically move your characters every now and then to dodge some skills and spread the aggro properly so as not to  get your healer or main damager killed. There are also unique items found throughout the game and a level up system that will help you gain more stats to ease through difficult levels. Although optional, you may buy in game gold for real money. Collected gold are used for levelling up items and skills or even buy items in the shop.

There are also visual improvements with items and the character itself when reaching level caps. This gives the game more aesthetic together with the 3D character and skill display. The unique soundtrack in game also helps you to get to feel more of the action and story. You wouldn’t even believe that this game is for your mobile phones and not for any other consoles.

The game starts in a flashback where Sir Aunas and Lilliana gets into battle with a mageborn that tries to take over the world. You, as the knight Roland, will then embark on a journey to save the world in the place of Sir Aunas and stop the evil forces once again. You will not be alone on this quest for there are unlockable characters with differing specialties!

Though you won’t get to navigate through cities or dungeons, for the navigation system is automated, this game will surely take your head off the stress and probably your work due to addiction so play in moderation and see the improvement on your stressful life.