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http://www.golem.de/1006/75635.html

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The Sport, Performance & Fatigue Research Unit at the University of Essex has examined a number of hardcore computer gamers, who spend up to ten hours gaming. Results: mentally, gamers have performance levels of professional athletes, even almost fighter pilots. Performance wise, some 20 year olds had the stamina of a 60 year old chain smoker.

I can translate more of the article, if desired, but that's the basic gist.
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Makes sense, gamers are working out parts of their brain, but none of their muscles (while gaming at least).

We needed a study to tell us that people that sit in a chair or on a couch for most of their waking life are not in good physical condition?
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apparently so! The article mentioned the study was done "for a radio station". No mention of a reason, though...
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My stamina isn't great but I go go go. And my reaction time is ridiculous even when im pretty much sleeping.
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tinfoil hat time!
we are all training to be uav pilots. you watch.
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Performance wise, some 20 year olds had the stamina of a 60 year old chain smoker.
The same goes for non-gamers, too.
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So what about if your a gamer and a heavy smoker? Does that mean your body is like a corpse?
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post #8 of 55
On the plus side we can open mountain dew cans with just one hand (and the pros among us do it without using their hands).
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Interestingly enough, the article also mentions that gamers tend to have a low tendency towards depression.

Back on the physical side, the researcher (Dominic Micklewright) says its hard to estimate the future health of gamers. He suspects heart circulation problems, however.
post #10 of 55
i'm a gamer and i'm also a full tiem student and i'm also on the Hong Kong National Squad B for Triathlon

meh......this article doesn't apply to me
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