Real first off, some of you might have noticed this post up yesterday. This was actually yesterdays post but due to human error I published two posts at once. This was officially yesterdays post but because the other one about my driving skill (or lack thereof) had received more attention than this, I decided to pull this one down, and not that one. Hopefully this won't happen again, but at least I'm more prepared for if it does
First off Kid Shuffle asked how I added energy saving mode to this place. If you haven't noticed it happening just don't move your mouse for five minutes and you'll see it. I think I set it to five minutes anyway. Two minutes was too annoying. So, the answer to that is to follow this simple link and look at the post that told me how to do it, on Caroline's blog. I'd go through the thing myself but I'd like to get her some views while I'm at it. http://shenanigansofcaroline.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-add-energy-saving-mode-to.html
I'm glad I'm finally getting round to making this post because the news story that inspired it has been open on my browser for days so I don't forget to make it. It feels good to be able to close that, damn my internet browser is always so clogged with tabs.
Anyway, scientists have made a discovery to do with gaming and the human brain. There's a part of your brain known as the ventral striatum which is where your brain keeps it's "reward system", basically this part of your brain is "usually activated when people anticipate positive environmental effects or experience pleasure such as winning money, good food, sex". according to Dr. Simone Kuhn. This is the part of the brain that really motivates you by providing rewards.
Why am I bringing this to your attention? Well they did something wonderful. They said they don't know whether or not this is caused by frequent gaming, or whether this is causing frequent gaming. Basically they aren't instantly saying that video games are evil and need to be burnt. Hell in the article they even say that games can provide increased reasoning.
For me it's good to see something like this. Given how that part of the brain is related to drug addiction I'm surprised they aren't comparing gaming to drugs and saying that playing a lot of video games increases your chance to be addicted to drugs. Seriously I'm honestly surprised no one has said that.
If you're interested in some of the more science-y details you can find the article for yourself here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15720178.