“Nurse, time for 20 cc’s of Halo 3.”
This isn’t strictly speaking journalism-related, but I thought it was cool all the same . . .
Kotaku reports that some video games are more effective than drugs at controlling pain. And the research comes from Canada, no less. Aren’t we canucks clever?
Video Games Treat Pain Better Than Meds?
[…] in a recent study, researcher Simon Fraser found that subjects playing fully-immersive games (they tested a 3D skiing title) reported less pain than the subjects taking drugs.
While this is an interesting idea to pass the time, I wonder how the patients felt when they were done playing. And I wonder which meds were being tested…(is Mario better than morphine?)
Next time I get injured/ill/narrowly escape ninja assassination, I’m demanding that the hospital supply me with an Xbox 360.
UPDATE: An amendment in the interests of accuracy – we’re journalists, here, after all. The researcher in question is not ‘Simon Fraser’ but Diane Gromala, Associate Prof at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology. . . at Simon Fraser University. It’s a big uni in British Columbia. Kotaku’s original post references a canada.com article where this is clearly mentioned, but after 90 seconds with a search engine I’ve found the original press release from SFU. Sloppy work, Kotaku, sloppy work.