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. 

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

                          So, what's new about the seizure thing?

Unfortunately, not much.

There are many reasons for the low awareness of the seizures induced by video games, but today I want to focus on a big one: the lack of current research. Without new research or a concerted outreach effort by advocacy organizations, it’s tough to keep the issue alive in the media. New research means new findings to announce. The press isn’t likely to cover a subject that's producing no news.

It’s not as if conclusive studies don’t exist on seizures triggered by video games. Many clinical studies on video games and photosensitive epilepsy have been published, beginning in the early 1980s. The findings and methods have been refined over time, but the results haven’t been controversial
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