Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Saving Energy And The Game Brain

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.

23 comments:

  1. I'm going to show the other half this and she'll still sigh.

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  2. so that's why. thanks for the info :)

    maybe I'll try it some other time =)

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  3. @The Angry Lurker Hey it kept your comment! If she sighs you can just cite scientific evidence now.

    @Mai Yang I'm not sure how much good it can do but anything helps :)

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  4. I was wondering as I didn't see the other post.

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  5. @The Angry Lurker well hopefully you didn't tell the other half and end up looking like a liar lol.

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  6. I checked out the link, it's interesting. I like game related science!

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  7. This is interesting!
    My brother is gaming all day, and whenever my mom tries to get him to stop, he starts listing all the positives of gaming.

    Oh and I was wondering how to do the energy saving thing to my blog, I think I might try it out, so thanks for the link! :)

    I awarded you on my blog :D

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  8. @Will It is quite interesting.

    @PurpleMist well thank you for the award, and no problem with the linking lol. There are many positive effects to gaming so kudos to your brother.

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  9. Well gaming is a drug.. so is a chocolatte or sport. But I'd say that there is such a think as "positive" drug, which actually gives you something good and enjoyable without taking anything away from you... if you don't overdo it a lot of stuff can be almost only positive though.

    I don't understand the concept behind the "energy saving". I have like 20 tabs open most of the time and only thing it does is, that when I come back to the tab with your blog, it's black.. I don't see, how that saved me any energy. :/

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  10. @Bob Well there are a lot of things, even healthy things, that are bad in high doses lol. Gaming, like everything and anything, is best in moderation. As for energy saving (nice to know I'm not the only one who has a load of tabs up at the same time btw) basically if a blog has a lot of bright colours it takes more energy to run it, my guess is that it lessens the drain that A) the blog places on your laptop/computer (minutely I guess) and B)the computer has on your electricity (again probably minutely). I think one of the thinkings behind it is "Hey, every little helps".

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  11. I heard the feeling of being in love is as strong as cocain. A bit off topic but anyway.

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  12. @Bersercules I've not tried cocaine and I'm unsure of if I've ever really been in love, so I can't really comment on their similarity.

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  13. i always argumented that gaming improves all kinds of brain functions, like logic and mental reflexes

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  14. @Tony Storm well that's because they do :) They can do a lot of good.

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  15. Sometimes, gaming is not good due because it also become addiction just like drugs.

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  16. @Marco Walter Gaming is great in moderation, as are most drugs.

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  17. I am going to burn out all the energy on this goddamned planet

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  18. @Generally Disgruntled an admirable goal but I need it for all my doomsday devices.

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  19. I'd like to point out a great video from Extra Credits that deal specifically with Game Addiction. I can seriously relate, especially the second part.

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/game-addiction-pt.1

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  20. When I first saw the energy saving screen I thought it was some update on my computer.

    Don't worry, someone will find a way to outlaw gaming.

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  21. @R.gers Thanks for that, they were great to watch.

    @Allenstesch If anyone ever tries to outlaw gaming, then boy will there be an uprising.

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  22. Cool! I already knew about the energy saving thing.
    But the gaming thing is very interesting. I don't play games often but my brother always is. Mostly Grand Theft Auto haha xD He has multiple editions of it lol.

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  23. @Jodie-Ann Just remember it won't turn him into a violent psycho killer like the TV says it will lol.

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