10 Scientific Reasons Why Video Games Are Actually Good For You 0 10

Have you ever mentioned your love of video games to someone and had them look at you in disgust? Maybe they mentioned how video games cause violence or that they’re killing your brain cells and making you lazy. Well, it turns out video games are actually good for you. Stop listening to those naysayers and pay attention to the science instead.

It’s The Neurological Opposite Of Depression


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Playing video games can actually boost your mood. Game designer Jane McGonigal explained to TIME Magazine that brain scans found that gamers exercise neurological pathways that worked with goals, motivation, learning, and memory. Those are areas of the brain that don’t get used during depression.

They Can Train Your Brain


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German researchers conducted a study where they had two groups of 23 adults—one that played “Super Mario 64” every day for two months and one that didn’t. After MRI scans, they found that members of the group that played video games had an increase in gray matter in the areas of their brains that controlled memory formation, strategic planning, spatial navigation, and fine motor skills in the hands.

Video Games Can Be Active


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One of the biggest arguments against video games has always been how they make you “lazy.” For years now, video game companies have been making games to help gamers get active. Peripherals for the Wii as well as the XBOX Kinect and Playstation Move have given gamers a way to get exercise while having fun.

The More You Play, The Better


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While there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, scientists have found that playing often and becoming an expert gamer can actually increase your benefits compared to amateur or casual gamers. Forbes Magazine compiled the science and said that expert gamers have better cognitive development and an increase in their ability to learn.

You’ll Think Faster


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According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, researchers have found that action gamers are able to make decisions 25 percent quicker than people who don’t play games, all without sacrificing accuracy.

Strategy Games Make You Smarter


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The kinds of games you play have an impact on how your brain reacts. When British researchers compared the brains of people who played the strategy game “Starcraft” to those who played “The Sims,” the strategy players had increased cognitive flexibility, speed, and accuracy in psychological tests.

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27 Vintage Photos Of Totally Miserable Looking Brides 0 92

Ash M. Richter

 It was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.

But for these brides of bygone errors, something was going terribly wrong. And their vintage wedding photos captured it for posterity.

Unhappily Ever After…And They Know It Already

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To Some, Marriage Is A Word. To Others, A Sentence

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Too Many Little Digs Sends A Marriage To An Early Grave

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They Were A Fastidious Couple, She Was Fast, He Was Tedious

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Love Can Be A Touchy Subject

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With Her Marriage She Got A New Name And A Dress—She Wants More

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Love Is One Long Sweet Dream, And Marriage Is The Alarm Clock

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There Is No Such Cozy Combination As Man And Wife

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She’s Already Gearing Up For Divorce: The Past Tense Of Marriage

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The Bonds Of Matrimony Are Already Weighing Heavy

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An Object In Possession Seldom Retains The Same Charm That It Had In Pursuit

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She Wishes He Was The Gardener. He’d Be Less Rough Around The Hedges

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Her Mother In Law Is Already Interefering And They’re Not Even Related Yet

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He’ll Not Be Wearing The Pants In This Relationship

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Bewitched, Bewildered, And Absolutely Bothered

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Love Is All Around—Can’t You Tell By Their Smiling Faces?

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They Were Married By Candle-Light, But The Marriage Lasted Only A Wick

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This Is What Happens When You Meet On A Cruise

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She Wishes He Wouldn’t Put A Ring On It

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A Double Wedding Saved On Costs, But Not On Merriment

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Harry Met Sally. And Then Sally Had A Panic Attack

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Hey There, You With The Stars Dying In Your Eyes

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This Is When She Found Out Her Made Of Honor Had Run Off With The Groom

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It Was An Upsetting Wedding. Even The Cake Was In Tiers

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Pre-arranged Marriages Pre-pair People For The Future, Even If They Don’t Want To Be

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Please Don’t Get Her To The Church On Time

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Hell No. (Slams Door)

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20 Vintage Photos Of Las Vegas Before It Became Sin City 0 81

 When you think of Las Vegas, you probably think of chiming slot machines, strippers, and the strip flanked by huge brightly lit casino hotels. But it wasn’t always that way. Once upon a time, Las Vegas, Nevada was just this dusty little town that had a few low-profile casinos. Take a look back at vintage Las Vegas for some serious nostalgia.

Las Vegas, 1906

Daily MailThe San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad was officially completed in 1905, and what was left behind was a cute little desert town far smaller than what you’d find today.

Fremont Street, 1921

Lake-Eglington/UNLV Special CollectionsFremont Street, which would later become the most happening part of Las Vegas, was little more than a small town main street in 1921.

Gambling Casino, 1935

Daily MailBecause of the construction of the Hoover Dam in the early 1930s, there was a huge influx of people living and working in Las Vegas. Gambling was legalized in 1931 and casinos started popping up soon after.

Fremont Street, 1944

Ed Clark/UNLV Special CollectionsOnce casinos became such a big attraction, Fremont Street was the main drag that drew in gamblers.

Golden Nugget, 1950s

Neat StuffAfter World War II, there was a huge boom for Las Vegas gambling. So many new casinos and hotels popped up between 1946 and 1955, though still barely anything compared to what you see now.

Vegas Vic

Neat StuffThe neon cowboy for the Pioneer Club, named Vegas Vic, was a staple of Fremont street. People who had never even been to Vegas could recognize him.

Las Vegas Casino, 1950s

Neat StuffThe interiors of casinos looked a lot different back then compared to now. For one thing, they were a lot brighter inside.

Showgirls

All That Is InterestingLas Vegas showgirls were a huge attraction, and even the smallest casinos had shows.

Frank Sinatra, 1955

Daily MailIn the 1950s, Las Vegas was frequented by a laundry list of big-name celebrities, and Frank Sinatra was a king among famous men.

Miss Atomic Bomb, 1957

shootingparrots.co.ukVegas also drew people in with atomic bomb testing. They detonated their first atomic bomb in the desert outside of town, with a huge crowd watching in 1951. They went on to detonate over 100 bombs at the Nevada Test Site.

Fremont Street

retrolandusa/FlickrOver the years, Fremont street became more brightly lit. Neon signs filled the sky, many of which had moving parts like the famous cowboy sign.

Las Vegas From Above, 1964

Daily MailLas Vegas began to change. While Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas was the place to be, Las Vegas Boulevard, known as the Las Vegas Strip, became the new happening area to build huge casinos.

The Lights Of Las Vegas, 1966

Keystone-france/Gamma-Keystone/Getty ImagesAfter a while, the lights on Fremont Street began to have a retro feel. It was seen as the old-fashioned part of Vegas.

Tanya The Elephant, 1966

Daily MailVegas was not opposed to publicity stunts. When Tanya, an elephant that performed at the Dunes Hotel and Casino, played at the blackjack table, people loved it.

Woman Playing Craps, 1963.

Keystone-france/Gamma-Keystone/GettyThe late ’60s brought a lot of racial tension in Las Vegas. Segregation was a national issue at the time.

Sahara, 1960s

retrolandusa/FlickrWhen city officials were slow to desegregate, the crime bosses that ran Las Vegas casinos put the pressure on. After all, they wanted to make more money by allowing everyone into their casinos, regardless of color.

Dunes Hotel

AlamyWhen the 1970s came along, there was a huge boom in the Las Vegas population. More and more people were flocking to the casinos.

Entering Las Vegas, 1970s

Keystone-france/Gamma-Keystone/Getty ImagesSince the Las Vegas strip became the mecca for gambling, they built this “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign in 1959. What’s funny is that the Las Vegas Strip isn’t actually in Las Vegas. It’s just outside the city limits.

Caesar’s Palace, 1971

retrolandusa/FlickrAs time went on, hotels and casinos got bigger and more lavish. Caeser’s Palace was the first completely themed hotel on the Strip.

Fremont Street, 1979

Gary Thompson/Las Vegas Review-JournalPeople have mixed feelings about Las Vegas now. Gamblers love a night of losing money, but, as you can see from this graffiti, others think it’s a town of moral decay. What do you think?

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