VIDEO GAME SEIZURES

Seizures caused by the brightly flashing images in video games are more common than most people realize. They can happen even in people with no history of seizures. Most individuals with this type of visual sensitivity (a condition often called photosensitive epilepsy) have their first seizure before knowing they need to be careful around the flash, flicker, on-screen patterns, and intense colors in video games.  As exposure keeps growing to increasingly sophisticated computer graphics, more of the population is at risk for seizures.


Although video games include seizure warnings (online games may not), most of us assume the warnings don't apply to us or our children. This site explains what you should know so that you can be alert for signs of seizures in yourself and others. 

                                             

Visit my blog Seizures from Video Games for discussion of medical research findings, commentary on game industry news, and accounts of real people with video game seizures. You can also learn more about me there. 


MARCH 5, 2015

                     Video Game of the Year fails seizure safety test

The Game Developers Choice Game of the Year Award was given yesterday to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a title containing scenes that can provoke epileptic seizures.

Many people vulnerable to visually induced seizures are unaware they have this genetic sensitivity, unless they’re aware of prior seizures triggered by visual stimuli. This means that before playing this game, consumers should carefully consider the typically ignored seizure warning in the packaging. The game’s visual sequences violate guidelines for preventing seizures provoked by flashing and/or other provocative visual stimuli. The winner was chosen from a field of five nominees, only one of which–Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)–tested as seizure-safe.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Game Developers Choice Awards are voted on by an invitation-only group of leading game 
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