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According to a new study, playing a quick game of Tetris can help fight cravings among smokers, people attempting to stop drinking and those avoiding junk food. The study from Plymouth University in the UK, tested the “Elaborated Intrusion Theory” which is based on the idea that cravings are largely associated with mental imagery. The concept suggests that if you give the brain something visual to do—like stacking Tetris blocks—the cravings will subside. During the research, people experiencing actual cravings observed a 24% drop in the desire for the thing they wanted after playing the classic video game for three minutes. One of the researchers explained to Medicalxpress, “By playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.” It’s just further evidence that old school videos are awesome ... Discuss

 

Back in 1983, home video game companies were still trying to figure the market out. That may explain why an Atari game called Red Sea Crossing, which featured a pixilated Moses dodging snakes and clams while attempting to escape Egypt, was only available directly from the manufacturer through advertisements in Christian magazines. Unsurprisingly, the independent Bible-based game did not sell well. Today, it’s so rare that some collectors consider it one of the “holy grails” of the industry: In 2012, a version found at a garage sale was auctioned off for more than $10,000. The blog Dangerous Minds has a brief write-up about the ill-fated concept and even a video of the game being played. After seeing Red Sea Crossing in action, let’s just say you can see why it wasn’t exactly a hit ... Discuss

 

You may want to go ahead and fire up that old Nintendo—science has just confirmed that a daily dose of video games will actually make you smarter. A German research team observed two groups: One that played Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day, and one that played no video games. After a two month period, the team found that the group that played Super Mario daily, showed significant increases of grey matter throughout the brain. In a report, the lead researcher said, “The present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.” The researchers said that in the future, they hope to use the findings to create specially designed games that can be used to treat patients suffering from PTSD, schizophrenia and stress through a sort of video game therapy … Discuss

 

One 13-year-old girl really loves Super Mario Bros. video games. According to this post from her dad (who is a carpenter) on Reddit, after requesting the unique room décor, he decided to go all-out. In addition to hand-painted walls and shelves that resemble a world from the Mushroom Kingdom, the proud pop also hid buttons around the bedroom, that when pressed, make sound effects from the game. He’s even posted a video tour of the room so you can see the buttons in action. Just an observation: We never actually see or hear from the daughter in the Reddit post or video, so it is completely possible that this room belongs to an adult who just wanted an excuse to create his own awesome Mario room. We would not fault him if that was the case ... Discuss