Does that mean we game the pain away?
Pain relief isn’t just a physical thing; distracting yourself can help you get through a painful experience. We’ve already seen that kids who watch cartoons don’t feel as much pain when they get a shot. It turns out that playing a game works even better than passively watching videos.
Labor? No. I present exhibit A:
There’s always been the joke about how “it hurts here”, so someone injures the wounded person somewhere else to distract from the original pain. Less joke now, more truism. But decidedly less about the technology – it’s about the immersion. Which makes sense why a video game would work better – it requires your interaction vs passively watching a TV show.