Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gaming treats addiction?

Not in China any time soon, I assure you.
It kinda sounds like replacing one addiction with another honestly, but I guess gaming wouldn't be quite so toxic to one's brain as whatever the eldest Baldwin brother was shoving up his nose:
"You got no idea, Julian. Julian, I need you. I need you to get that key and open the f- - -ing door and let me in. I got to play 'Galaga.' " (Avclub.com)
Games have, however, popped up in a few places as treatments for what ails ye--I don't think we'll be seeing it as a cure for nerd virginity syndrome any time soon, but Tetris can apparently treat PTSD:

Exposure to traumatic events can often come back to haunt people. Violent crime, car crashes, warfare: all of these bring with them the specter of long term psychiatric issues due to post-traumatic stress. Now a new study suggests that Tetris—yes, that Tetris—might be able to help with that problem. (ars technica)

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