Are Video Games Bad for Your Health? Video Game Side Effects

Are video games bad for your health? Video games are very popular and always have been but there could be negative side effects when gaming. Some people don’t play much video games and others spend countless hours playing GTA or Call of Duty online. Here are the things to consider while playing video games.

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Violent behavior

Some studies claim that people who play violent video games can be more aggressive and accepting of violence. This should be taken lightly because it all depends on the persons age, history of any medical problems, and the type of scenarios in the video game they are playing. So yes video games can possibly make somebody more aggresive but underlying problems are likely the main cause and are otherwise fine for a healthy normal person. With that said most rated mature games are still inappropriate for young viewers.

Eyesight

Your eyes are very important so its no surprise that incorrect lighting and other factors can put strain on your eyes. When playing video games always use proper lighting to reduce glare. It is a good idea to take short breaks every so often also. The national institute of health actually proved that proved that action video games can enhance visual processing which lets gamers see things easier and clear. Video game therapy is also used to treat lazy eye.

Correct posture

If you often play video games it is important to use correct posture while sitting. Incorrect posture can lead to shoulder stiffness. It helps to have a comfortable chair or couch. Taking short breaks to avoid playing for long hours is a good idea.

Lack of activity and exercise

Some people can argue that video games are unproductive. This is true to an extent because long hours of playing every day can get in the way of other tasks and other activities. Video games can also make you loose track of time and interfere with your sleeping schedule which can be an issue for people who have to wake up early. If you already spend your free time staying up late watching tv and other leisurely activities then video games should be fine for you. However if you feel like video games are taking up valuable time then you may want to play less then you’re currently playing.

Triggering seizures

People with epilepsy should avoid playing video games or even viewing them. Unless cleared by a doctor, witch is unlikely, video games can trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. Most video games will have a warning displayed on the introduction screens when you first start playing.

With all this said, video games are safe as long as you use good judgement and take precaution.

PS5 VS Xbox Series X – Which System is Going to be More Worth it?

 

The PS5 is coming closer and closer at becoming the next generation console. With the PS4 being around for about seven years since it’s release date in 2013, it’s time for the next generation console to take it’s place. Here is a breakdown of what the PS5 has to offer as far as price, specs, release date, and other information. It is important to note that the PS5 will apparently have unique elements which have not yet been announced.

 

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Hardware 

It is confirmed that the PS5 will use a modified third-generation eight-core Ryzen 3 CPU as well as advanced Navi-based graphics that will allow ray-tracing which is a sophisticated lighting system used in PC gaming systems that improves gaming visuals as well as audio. Sony is also adding custom hardware for 3D audio resulting in a drastic change since the audio from PS3 from PS4 did not change much. The PS5 will contain a SSD which already proved to result in faster load times when playing Spiderman on the PS5. The load time from transitioning to a different environment went from 15 seconds to .8 seconds which is obviously very impressive. It’s safe to say that it should at the very least reduce startup and load times, with online load times expected to be faster as well.

 

Resolution

The PS5 will be have the capacity to output in 4k and 8k. This jump is barely noticeable to the human eye making the jump to 8k resolution less of a big deal this time around.

 

Controller

The Dualshock5 is going to look similar to the Dualshock4 but will include significant changes. The Dualshock5 will not feature the lightbar the PS4 controller had and will also have different sized triggers. The PS5 controller will feature USB micro-c charging which is a step up from The micro-b the PS4 had. It will also have a built in microphone at the base. A major feature which is being focused on is Haptic feedback which makes in game experiences feel different from one another simulating various actions. For example crashing a car will feel different from driving a car in mud or rain. The Dualshock5 will also feature a larger touch pad.

 

Disk Drive

Like the PS4 the PS5 will come with a disk drive which will play games and media such as 4k and Blu-ray disks.

 

Backwards compatibility 

The PS5 has been confirmed that it will be able to play PS4 game disks unlike the PS4 as well as the PS3 which both lacked backwards compatibility for prior console game disks. This means that even though the PS5 will be able to play PS4 games it will not play PS1, PS2, or PS3 games which is to be somewhat expected. In this scenario it is assumed most people are grateful that the PS5 has PS4 compatibility. It is interesting to note that only the original model of the PS3 allowed backwards compatibility for PS2 and PS1 game disks.

 

Games

A few game titles have been confirmed for the PS5. Godfall is a game that is being created by the borderlands studio Gearbox along with the help of Counterplay Games which is the studio that worked on God of War. The game is apparently going to be solo along with co-op options. Another title is Black Ops 5 which is expected to be a cross-gen game for the PS4 and PS5. A few more to take note of are Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and God of War 2. God of war 2 is going to be a hit given that the first one was so successful

 

Price

The official price of the PS5 remains unknown but it is expected to be somewhere between $400 and $500. Being that the PS3 list price was $599 it is possible that we might see the same with the PS5 or even something more outrageous like $650. Since the PS5 is supposed to rival gaming PCs the price point at launch could be well over $500 or even $600 likely making it more expensive than Microsoft’s next generation Xbox console.

 

Release date

The PS5 is confirmed to be released between October and December in 2020 during the holiday season. It has been rumored that the release date may be November 20th but this is just a leak and has not yet been confirmed. Ether way it will most likely be released before December giving people enough time to get a hold of one before Christmas.

 

That pretty much sums up what is known about the PS5. With the release of the PS5 It seems like the PS4 would go strong at least for a while since it does have a decent library of games as well as multiple remasters.

 

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With the PS5 on it’s way Microsoft is set to release it’s next generation console sometime around the holidays in 2020.¬†The name of the next generation console is Xbox Series X. The look of the Xbox Series X is similar to that of a compact computer tower. The system will have extensive cooling features as well as having minimal noise based on the hardware and system design. Here is a breakdown of the specs, price, release date, and more.

Hardware

The Xbox Series X will use AMD’s Zen 2 CPU which is confirmed to be four times more powerful than the CPU of the Xbox One. The Xbox Series X will also use a AMD Navi-based GPU which is confirmed to be twice as powerful as the GPU of the Xbox One. Like the PS5 the Xbox Series X will use ray tracing which is a sophisticated lighting system. Xbox Series X will also use a SSD drive which is comparable to what gaming PCs use. There are no specific numbers yet and these are just leaks. With that said it is still safe to assume the hardware will be significantly more powerful than previous generation consoles.

Resolution

The Xbox Series X will be able to output 4k as well as having the capacity to output 8K. The difference between 4k and 8k is barely noticeable by the human eye. However it still has many people excited.

Controller

The controller for the Xbox Series X will look similar to the Xbox One with some changes. One feature is an updated D pad as well as a share button placed in the middle of the controller. The controller will be able to be used with the Xbox One as well as a Windows 10 PC.

Disk Drive

Both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 will continue to use disk drives to play games as well as other media including 4k movie disks as well as Blu-ray disks. It is important to note that if Microsoft does a release a budget friendly next generation console then it is likely that the console will be disk free.

Backwards Compatibility

Just like the PS5 the Xbox Series X will allow backwards compatibility with previous generation consoles, in this case being the Xbox One. However, the Xbox Series X outdid themselves by allowing full backwards compatibility with every generation of Xbox games as long as the game supports backwards compatibility. This is something that the PS5 will not allow which could be a main selling point for the Xbox Series X.

Games

The Xbox Series X will not have as many launch games as the PS4 which is not surprising since the PS4 has always had more exclusive titles than the Xbox One. One of the games in development for the Xbox Series X is Halo Infinite which will likely be the most popular game.

Price

The launch price of the Xbox Series X is expected to be around $400-$450. It is not confirmed but if Microsoft does release a budget disk free console (Lockhart) then it is expected for the console to be priced at around $300-$350.

Release Date

Unlike the PS5 The Xbox Series X is not as specific with it’s release date. The only time frame that is confirmed is around The holidays in 2020 which means it will almost definitely come out around the same time as the PS5.
This is all the information that is known about the Xbox Series X so far. So far the new generation consoles seem like a big upgrade from prior generation consoles.

Is an Alienware PC Worth the Money?

Alienware is a pre built PC made for gaming. The design may look nice and the system is powerful but is the price tag worth it? Here we are going to take a closer look at Alienware and see whether or not the price tag is worth it.

Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aquila. The headquarters is located in Florida. Alienware was purchased in 2006 by Dell. Alienware computers offer high performance hardware for gaming and sleek design cases. The reason why the price is so high is because of the design case and how it’s marketed towards gaming. Alienware may not be worth it because for a few hundred dollars less you can build your own PC and get similar performance or better. One important thing to mention is that you get a warranty from Dell when you purchase an Alienware PC which could make it worth it.

However If you have the money and don’t mind spending the extra money for the design and brand then go for it. For everybody else I suggest learning how to build your own PC. If you decide to build your own PC make sure you get professional assistance. Building your own PC can be dangerous if incompatible hardware is used together such as an incorrect power supply or other parts which can potentially cause a fire. This is very important to remember if deciding to build a PC.

So is Alienware worth the price tag? There is no definite answer and it is mostly opinion and whether or not you want to take the time to build your own own PC. There are also some pre built PCs around the same price tag as Alienware that can handle gaming so there is also that option as well. Make sure you check the hardware because some expensive PCs still don’t perform well with gaming.