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. 

JUNE 28, 2015

                     Best games of E3 2015: how many look risky?

Video games industry websites and journalists have announced their picks for the best new games demonstrated at this month’s annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

That lets me get to work assessing them for seizure risk, so I can identify games in the next crop of popular releases that are less likely to trigger seizures. (I suspect I’m one of very few on the planet who tunes in for this purpose to the annual “best-of” video game lists. I want to see if the development studios are doing more about altering image sequences to prevent seizures triggered in people with photosensitive epilepsy.)

I tested the winning games chosen by Hardcore Gamer for 9 categories. Five of the winners  - more -