While reading an article on beerandvideogames.com, I came across a very interesting piece of information – sleeping has been proven by science to improve gaming skills. Wait, wuh? Dr. Kevin Peters of Trent University in Ontario conducted an experiment using 15 college kids – men and women – and the game Guitar Hero to figure out the impact sleep had on a gamer’s ability to pwn while gaming – and the results might surprise you.
During Dr. Kevin Peters’ research he allowed the gamers to play Guitar Hero before and after resting and after the resting period the gamers averaged a 7% increase in gaming awesomeness. This might just be another case of science confirming things that we might have otherwise known, but not only is it impressive that scientist care about gaming, it’s also awesome to find out how to get an extra boost when gaming.
Dr. Kevin Peters’ gaming research was conducted using only Guitar Hero – which is a casual game at best – but I feel that it’s safe to assume that the same results would apply to a game of Halo or CoD – so it might be a good idea to rest up before booting up your favorite competitive games. Resting to boost gaming is a great tip, but there’s one problem; “Sleeping is for babies, gamers play all night” – to quote that creepy Asian Wii fan.
The problem is that asking a gamer to sleep is the same as asking a gamer not to game. A hardcore gamer lives to play games and sleep is just an inconvenience that happens in-between gaming sessions. I also feel that knowing this information is both a gift and a curse because as a hardcore gamer, I’ll do just about anything to get a boost in my gaming ability. Knowing that I could be better at gaming right after I wake up will surely cause a conflict in my ability to get up, take a shower, brush my teeth, and grab a bite to eat. My day will likely now consist of waking up, firing up the Xbox, playing hours of online games and regretting not eating or freshening up in the morning for the rest of my work day.
If you’re hoping to sleep all day and beat everyone else who’s been awake and playing games, your attempts will be met by failure, but it is nice to know that it’s ok to take a rest from gaming every now and then – and not lose skill.
For more, read 5 Quick Ways to Determine If You’re a Halo 3 Addict, Valuable Lessons Hardcore Gamers Can Learn from Casual Gamers, and 5 Reasons I’m Kinda Glad My Wife Isn’t a Hardcore Gamer – like Myself.
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