Yesterday the Sun reported that a girl had died while playing her Xbox 360, we need to point out here and now that the newspaper in no way blames her untimely death by playing on the games console. She was just 13, so you would never assume that a girl of her age would suffer from a heart attack, although she did have asthma. How will the public react when someone gets ill or dies when playing the Xbox 360? As a gamer, the expectation will be that people start pointing a finger at the Xbox 360 or PS3, which wouldn’t be the first time.
Sitting playing games for more than 12 hours a day on most days will not be good for health, but how many of you play this long? Would it be right in thinking a newspaper will want to sell more copies or more viewers are gained on a news channel by headlines like “Gamer dies on Xbox 360”, the answer is pretty obvious. How does this make the gamers at large feel, are you worried about your health due to gaming too much?
Playing games on an Xbox 360 or PS3 is fun, but they are not without their health risks. Now we are not saying that you will suddenly start suffering from health issues, but it is something that needs to be considered. More and more often we are seeing children rush home from school to play on their games console, but is this right?
When I was younger the idea of staying at home after school did not appeal to me. I would have dinner, do some homework and then be out with friends or my brother and cousin’s. There are some children who still do this, but it is now becoming a rare occurrence. It is very easy to blame parents for this, but the worst culprit is advertising. These clever people know just how to get children on their side, and that is when they hassle their parents, just until they get their own way.
Playing for an hour or so a day is fine, but for those who just spend all their spare time in their rooms playing on their PS3 or Xbox 360 will start to notice that their bodies are changing. We are not talking about growing pains, but increased weight. Some people will put on weight more than others; it all comes down to metabolism.
The likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been trying to address this issue, and it was Nintendo who offered a solution first, with the other two following with their way to battle the weight issue a few years later. Now with all three you can leave the sofa and jump and move about the room. However, is this really a substitute for playing outside in the dirt like we did all those years ago? You may wonder why you would want your child to do this, but there are health benefits for playing in the dirt.
Optometrists announced back in March that the 3DS and Microsoft’s Kinect would be able to identify if children have an issue with their vision — although we are not convinced. Do not think that all technology is out to make us ill though, as there are some that will help. One of the best devices that we have in our homes to help with possible health issue is the iPad and iPhone. The reason for this is due to the number of apps available that will allow you to live a much healthier life.
Some of these will help you lose weight by working out, whereas others will work on your diet. There’s even one that will test to see if you are close to having a heart attack — bet the alarm bells will be ringing on that app when you start playing Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 later this year.
Please remember that the PS3 and Xbox 360 can only affect your health if you let it, you just need self control.