has gaming caused you any health problems

  KEITH 1955 15:13 16 Jun 2018

This is a large posting but please take the time to read it , I would be grateful for any feedback if any of it relates to you.

I am 62 and have been a die hard gamer since 1982 when I started by using a zx81 , to cut a long story short I moved to pc gaming in 2002 , I guess you can imagine all the changes I have seen in different aspects of gaming over the past 36 years.

Anyway , to the point of my post , for legal reasons games companies put seizure warnings on boxes just to cover themselves. luckily I have never had one.

I have always said years of gaming has never affected me but I am now beginning to think otherwise. I game about 5 hours per day Monday to Friday and in between other things that need sorting out I spend most of the weekend gaming.

As games become more intense you need to be in the zone more and if I go too long a session I feel physically drained. Also , burning too much midnight oil makes me feel shattered when I get up the next morning and I still have to go to work.

I do not believe my eyesight has suffered because I have a glasses prescription midway between reading and distance use that is just right for all my pc use.

I have problems with my elbows from years of resting them on the arms of the office chair.

I am currently having problems with my hands. My fingers are all twisted and at work I cant pick up small screws without dropping them. I think years of typing have damaged the nerve ends of my fingers because on a bad day I cant grip a bag of crisps and pull them open. The first joint on 2 fingers on my right hand have large lumps of bone build up on them , again I think I must reluctantly admit this has been caused by 16 years of mouse tapping.

TIPS ..... Take regular breaks and have a little walk round the room during a gams session. Make sure you have plenty of support in a good quality office chair. I personally rest my feet on the castor base of my chair to take strain from my back. Finally , make sure you have padding on the arms of the chair , make your own even if it looks out of place.

  Quickbeam 15:39 16 Jun 2018

No... No injuries...

  Quickbeam 15:40 16 Jun 2018

...not unless RSI counts from shaking a snakes & ladders dice in a cup :-)

  lotvic 15:52 16 Jun 2018

mrcalif, me too :)

  KEITH 1955 16:00 16 Jun 2018

Mrcalif why do you say is this real , do you really think I would make this up just to see the post in print ?

lotvic we have been reading each other postings for a long time you should know by now I don't post bull**

  Belatucadrus 16:18 16 Jun 2018

Closest I ever got was feeling distinctly sea sick after overdosing on Quake.

  KEITH 1955 16:29 16 Jun 2018

In 36 years only 2 pc games have made me feel ill . Devils tuning fork..... you don't see anything till you press a key then as you move everything is wire frame with strobe lighting.

Windlands ….. as I swung through the trees on the ropes I felt as if I was going to fall out of my chair.

  lotvic 16:39 16 Jun 2018

mrcalif, ...!

  Quickbeam 17:07 16 Jun 2018

On a serious note... they were talking about teenage gaming addiction on the radio this morning. One point that a mother of a gaming addict came up with was that they don't allow the gamer to pause the game, they must continue it to a conclusion to better their previous attempt. The lack of a pause capability, as she put it, was an irresponsible act of the game makers to keep gamers at the console on their games rather than risk them going onto another game.

That I did find interesting and quite an eye opener into the psyche of the gamer and game writer.

  KEITH 1955 17:18 16 Jun 2018

no need to apologise guys I am not offended by anything anyone said

  wee eddie 17:29 16 Jun 2018

I can see that there is likely to be no greater problem than if you were to spend 5 hours a day sitting still, stareing intently at something and constantly repeating a repetitive task. Say knitting

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