Would Being Forced to Use This ‘Obese’ Avatar Affect Your Physical Fitness?

A new study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication takes a look at how the physical activity of a player changes depending on whether or not the game they’re playing uses a normal or obese avatar. There’s one problem. Neither of the avatars look obese. We spoke to one the scientists involved to see what was up.

Source: Would Being Forced to Use This ‘Obese’ Avatar Affect Your Physical Fitness?

The article doesn’t mention how long the Proteus Effect was tracked.  I mention this because there’s already been studies to demonstrate that fat shaming does not work, quite the opposite in fact.

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Video Games Can Help You Endure Pain, Even In Labor

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.

Source: Video Games Can Help You Endure Pain, Even In Labor

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.