I’ve heard about this a while ago, but now it’s statistically proven. Shooting Games can increase/help a players vision. It has to do with Contrast Sensitivity, apparently shooting games (Like Call of Duty 4 or Halo 3) increase and exercise your Contrast Sensitivity. What is contrast sensitivity? It is your ability to notice tiny changes in shades of grey against a uniform background. Which is a skill used for driving in the night and reading (And your over all ability when seeing in the dark).
”This is not a skill that people were supposed to get better at by training,” said Daphne Bavelier, a professor at the University of Rochester in New York state and the study’s lead researcher. ”It was something that we corrected for at the level of the optics of the eye – to get better contrast detection you get glasses or laser surgery.”
Not only that, but the effects are long lasting. ”The positive effect remained months, even years after training, indicating long-lasting gains,” she said.
They considered that maybe the players had high contrast sensitivity to begin with, instead of thinking immediately that their contrast sensitivity was improved. So they held an experiment, Bavelier asked two groups of non-action video game players to do 50 hours of gaming. One grouped played the well known FPS, Call of Duty, and the other played a game that “offered a rich visual experience, but one bereft of action.”.
“We found that the people in the first group improved by 43 percent, and the other group not at all,” she said.
So there you have it, playing FPS games can actually help your eyesight in the long run. So when someone bothers you saying “you’re gonna mess your eyes up playing that shooting game so much!”, you can be a smartass and share your knowledge with them, heh.