LiveScience reports on a study which concluded that “action video games that involve firing guns can improve your eyesight”:
A group of 10 male college students who started out as non-gamers and then received 30 hours of training on first-person action video games showed a substantial increase in their ability to see objects accurately in a cluttered space, compared to 10 non-gamers given the same test, said Daphne Bevelier of the University of Rochester.
First-person action games helped study subjects improve their spatial resolution, meaning their ability to clearly see small, closely packed together objects, such as letters, she said. Game-playing actually changes the way our brains process visual information. […]
I think this may be just the motivation I need to play Doom 3 more often — it’s for my own good, right? ;).