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  Study: Pro Computer Gamers as Fit as 60-Year-Old Chain Smokers 
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TamTheBam Jun 08, 2010, 04:36pm EDT Report Abuse

Wrong! I have a pulse of 56bpm, lean as hell, fairly muscular toned, and can sprint for
UK. Oh wait... this a sprts game I am playing at the moment... Nah seriously, I aint
bullsh|tting in the slightest, but anyways... as per MaximumPC Mwah.....

Whether or not playing computer games should be classified as a sport remains a point of debate. Sure, you're not going to get anywhere near the same workout as you would by tossing a football or riding a bike, but is playing computer games really all that bad for you? Well, yes, says Dr. Dominic Micklewright from the University of Essex.

According to Micklewright, who is also the head of the Sport, Performance, and Fatigue Research Unit, computer gamers react to visual stimuli almost as fast as fighter jet pilots, but have the lung function and aerobic fitness of a heavy smoker in his sixties.

"Someone of this age should be much fitter, but perhaps this is the occupational hazard of the professional gamer who can spend around 10 hours a day in front of a screen," Micklewright said. "It is always difficult to say how these things will develop, but it could have long term health implications such as an increased risk of heart disease."

Micklewright was referring to a leading gamer in his twenties who appeared to be in good shape, at least physically. But tests proved otherwise, and according to Micklewright, this is why computer gaming shouldn't be considered a sport.

"Gaming shares some characteristics with sport because both are competitive, skill-based and governed by structured rules," he said. "But the main distinction which precludes gaming from being a sport is the lack of physical exertion."

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PIRATE Jun 08, 2010, 05:07pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Study: Pro Computer Gamers as Fit as 60-Year-Old Chain Smokers
What about people who spend 10 hours a day watching porn like I do?

Does that mean my wu tang thing has lighting quick reflexes but my body is that of a 60 year old?


This sport has led my right arm to be that of a bodybuilder in mass and I can maintain 140 hearbeats per minute for more than 1 hour without dying.

Oh sweet spankwire here I come again.

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Meats_Of_Evil Jun 08, 2010, 05:41pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Study: Pro Computer Gamers as Fit as 60-Year-Old Chain Smokers

If all you do is sit all day then no matter if you're a gamer or not you'll still be unfit *PERIOD*

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
Meats_Of_Evil Jun 08, 2010, 05:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Study: Pro Computer Gamers as Fit as 60-Year-Old Chain Smokers
Hmm... I wonder how Fatal1ty did in the test, he supposedly jogs a lot.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
Jon Bailey Jun 08, 2010, 07:44pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Study: Pro Computer Gamers as Fit as 60-Year-Old Chain Smokers
nah, its bollocks, Im as fit as a bean.

gaming? hand eye coordination and reaction, cant be matched

what about sports like... darts, drunken fatsos throwing pointed objects at a board?
or snooker, not much excercise involved in that

"The world is a temple to the self, and these days, there's alot of believers"



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