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, spatial patterns, and intense colors in video games. This site explains what you should know so that you can be alert for signs of seizures in yourself and others.
                                             

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DECEMBER 6, 2016

   5 TOP FIRST PERSON SHOOTER GAMES OF 2016 FAIL
SEIZURE SAFETY GUIDELINES TEST 


None of the five video games picked by a Forbes reviewer as the year’s best first-person shooters meet safety guidelines for reducing the risk of visually triggered seizures.

The fast-moving, flashing images in these five games could provoke seizures in people whose seizures are triggered by visual stimuli, due to a sometimes hidden condition called photosensitive epilepsy. I tested image sequences from these popular games using software designed for checking the adherence of images sequences to the seizure reduction guidelines. All five failed.

       


Game developers could — should — use this same technology to build products compliant with the guidelines! The application I used to test the games for compliance isn’t a consumer product; it’s intended for developers.  But product developers instead place seizure warnings on games and consoles. People with no history of seizures don’t pay much attention to seizure warnings. Why - more -