The Positive Effects of Exercise on Mental Health in Gaming

It is generally understood that exercise is great for your body. However, not many people talk about the incredibly positive mental health benefits that come from exercise.

Exercise is  one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and the implementation of regular exercise can have a bettering effect on depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, and trauma.

Exercise also aids in relieving stress, improving memory, helping improve your sleep, and boosting your overall mood and happiness. Research indicates that even the smallest amount of exercise can make a difference, emphasising that you do not need to be the fittest to see the improvements from exercise. Your level of fitness, age or abilities do not control the positive effects of exercise on mental health. All can participate and reek the benefits, helping everyone reach a higher quality of life and mind. Studies indicate that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication, and without the sometimes harmful effects of medication required by other treatments for depression. On top of this, exercise has been shown to even prevent sufferers from relapsing. It has also been shown that exercising is a very effective way to relieve stress. Physical activity helps to relax your muscles and relieve tension in the body. The Brain is sometimes describes like a muscle, in the sense that it can be trained to improve different cognitive functions like working memory or math skills. In this sense, it can be shown that the body and mind are very closely connected. Emphasising that exercising does not only make your body feel better, it also improves your state of mind. Exercise can also help reduce the symptoms of ADHD, as it can improve concentration and mood. Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels, all of which increase levels of focus and attention. Exercise can also provide other benefits, such as; increased memory and brain activity, higher self-esteem. improved sleep and more energy (contrary to many peoples beliefs).

Now, you may be asking, what does this have to do with gaming? Well, let me jump right into it!

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that Gaming Disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as “a pattern of gaming behaviour (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterised by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

Upon being asked as the reason to why Gaming Disorder was included in ICD-11, WHO states that the decision to appoint this disorder reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions. The World Health Organisation emphasises that “all people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.” From this, it is clear to see that there is a valid concern as to the negatives that come as a consequence of gaming disorder and its recent classification from the WHO.

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Get Fit While Playing Video Games! Here’s How!!

It’s time I introduce you to GameFit!

GameFit is a program designed around improving your body, quality of life, your gaming skills, and most importantly, your mental health. Exercise is one of the best ways to combat mental health problems and improve your mental health. GameFit is a program designed by a gamer, for gamers to improve their body and mind, as well as to improve their abilities in game.

If you are curious as to how your in-game abilities would be improved, let me jump right into it! Exercise immediately boosts the Brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels, all of which increase levels of focus, concentration and attention. As you know, gaming often requires very high levels of focus, concentration and attention. With the recent successes and rise of eSports, this is more relevant than ever! GameFit may not only improve your body and mind, it may also improve the overall quality of your gaming. As Buddha said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” With a healthy body and strong mind, your gaming skills can significantly improve. Sharper thoughts and a more sound mind will enhance your gaming experience and help you diverge from situations that cause you to get upset, such situations which can ultimately cost you big time in your game or worse.

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Teenager Relentlessly beaten over a video game contest – Competitive Gaming at its worst?

Recently, a teenage boy was relentlessly attacked and beaten over a competition involving a video game. A father, in the Malaysian city of Seremban, was caught hitting and kicking a teenager after he was instructed to throw the game against the man’s son who was competing against him.

The teenager who was attacked was initially offered a bribe to throw the game against the man’s son, which he accepted, but decided that he would still go on to win the game and pocket the bribe. The video game competition was taking place inside of a store located within a shopping mall.

The man who committed these despicable acts was fed up that his son kept losing to the same boy, and rather than letting a fair match play out, he decided to bribe the victim. Although the father may have been said to have had good intentions, as some would think that he did this to boost his son’s confidence after a hard day of losing in this competition, there is NO act/s that justify the actions that took place. Both bribery and physical assault are serious crimes and can come with criminal sentences in many countries.

Upon the victim’s victory, the father began by throwing a chair at the teenager and kicking him several times moments after that.

According to local sources, it has been confirmed that the boy was placed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The suspect has reportedly been arrested and investigations are planned to continue as the case and evidence develops.


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Justifyingly so, the video was shared on social media and gained the attention of tens of thousands who shared and viewed the video.

But what is to come out of such virality and recognition of this horrific act? I am here to hopefully shed some light on this by exploring the effects of gaming on mental health. The reason this is so important is because the World Health Organisation (WHO) just recently announced that Gaming Disorder is an internationally recognised mental health condition.

From this story, the negative effects of gaming, mainly competitive gaming in this case, can be seen. This is true as no sound-minded person would act like this over a virtual video game. This case should not set an example for his son or any members of the gaming community. Gaming can affect people in many different ways, and this case emphasises that it does not only have to be the player that can be affected.

I surely hope this story brings some light to what is becoming a serious issue in the gaming world, as evident in many recent headlines involving video games and violence.

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Star Wars Battlefront II: December Updates & 2019 Announcements

In the second week of December, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 announced and released their December 2018 update. Amongst this was some general game fixes, new appearances for Kenobi and some fixes for his kit, and most excitingly, announcements for 2019! This is very exciting news for the SWBF2 community. The end of 2018, with the release of General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi,  has already been an amazing way to finish off a somewhat rocky 2018. The release of these 2 characters has brought a huge influx of new players, and returning players, to the game. The huge increase in participation in the game, forums and Reddit emphasise how much of a positive impact the release of these 2 characters had on the end of 2018.

Command & Conquer: Rivals – Ultimate Beginner Guide

The recent adaptation of the renowned strategy game Command & Conquer has just been developed and released by EA Redwood Studios. With its recent release, I thought I would write up a beginner guide for those who are looking to start the game the best way they can. Firstly, I highly recommend playing very close attention to the tutorial, as everything you need to know about basic gameplay is outlined and provided to you with step-by-step guides. However, it is best to keep in mind that the tutorial is nothing like the actual competitive PvP games you will face once you complete the tutorial.