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FRONT PAGE  |  10/27/2016
MONDAY, DEC 12, 2005  |  14 comments
Girl Has Seizure After 5 Hours Of Video Gaming

Kopaska was playing the game called "True Crime: Streets of New York." There's a car driving through snow and the snowflakes act as a strobe light.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A central Iowa mother woke up over the weekend to find her daughter having a seizure.

After a trip to the emergency room, a family learned that the cause was most likely from playing video games too long, Des Moines television station KCCI reported.

Doctors said such incidents are not common, but they do happen. Certain people are prone to it because of the way their brains work. Once was enough for 14-year-old Amy Kopaska.

She loves to play video games, the station reported. She spent five hours straight playing a video game over the weekend. Her marathon session led to a frightening situation. ...

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News Item12/18/05 1:50 PM
Neil | Tucson  
We are answerable to God for the use of our time, which is actually His. IMHO this is the most important thing to ask oneself about video entertainment. Recreation is of value but should be chosen carefully and not overdone. God created man to work not play.

News Item12/18/05 12:08 PM
James | Greenville, South Carolina  
I am also aspiring to be in the game-creating area. Having done some studies on the topic, I find that each specific genre has its own problems. Standard shoot-em-up are most popular, and are also inherently the most violent, and the most flashy genre. This is really the "brain-melter" of games, being the main representer of popular games. Another genre might not have the same problem; for instance a tactical game uses a much larger portion of the brain, and can actually be educational. However, it still can and is abused with the coming of the new and improved graphics to allow any violence to become more emphasized. Language is the main problem with even some non-violent games; it is the most infiltrating element of a game because of the lower rating it will recieve, thereby avoiding most parental screening. There really is a proper way to use gaming; it's just so uncommon. Don't give up on it MSC; it might be the ministry God has for you.

News Item12/13/05 8:48 AM
RV | Kenosha  
Thanks MSC, I'm glad there are times when we can have some fun.

News Item12/13/05 1:27 AM
Thanks Mike for your input. RV, got a laugh out of me over that men/amen. So much for my theory .

News Item12/12/05 7:58 PM
Mike | New York  
I know a girl who had a seizure, yet never played a video game. I should think this information is as meaningful as that of this news item.

News Item12/12/05 5:50 PM
RV | Kenosha  
I guess its kind of amusing when you think about it.

News Item12/12/05 5:41 PM
RV | Kenosha  
Well then again if you look at the word


Well there goes that theory, well you can't blame a guy for trying.


News Item12/12/05 5:30 PM
Interesting play on words there. Maybe I should reconsider my aspirations to game programing, because it almost sounds like an anti-thesis to my severance from the TV.(It sounds like putting that "A" in front of words causes them to be opposite of those words without the A...even anti-thesis).

News Item12/12/05 5:15 PM
RV | Kenosha  
Funny stuff Chris.

Theist: Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.

Atheist: is the state either of being without theist.

Usually when we put the letter A before the word we get the opposite meaning like the example above.

Now if we apply that to the next word we get the same thing.

Muse: To think
Amuse: Not to think

There is a whole lot of amusement going on.


News Item12/12/05 5:07 PM
You said some things there which are long overdue. I agree with the TV thing. I've been able to sever ties with the TV and it has not been detrimental at all, but helpful.

News Item12/12/05 4:40 PM
Chris M | Australia  
Recent scientific studies have shown that watching TV, movies and video games literally shrinks a persons brain - I kid you not! Apparently only a small part of the brain is used and the rest remains idle and will actually physically shrink over time, irrespective of what is being watched or played.

This retardation is not the case with reading which stimulates the brain to create mental images.

This TV situation is really bad for young childrens development in particular and results in lower IQ and less imagination, even if they watch so-called 'educational' material.

Hmm.... I think I'm getting dumber just reading and posting on SA - time for a break I guess.


News Item12/12/05 3:56 PM
I've considered game programming. I wonder what happens in a situation like this girl. Who's fault is it? Parent? Programmer/designer? Of course I wouldn't make violent or immoral games. There are quite a few fun and good Bible-based games out there.

News Item12/12/05 2:47 PM
RV | Kenosha  
Good points Jim,

Many parents do not even bother to monitor what there children are listening to, or what posters they are putting on there walls.

Last year at a family get-together I noticed my 15 year old neice was wearing a necklace that had the letters DEVIL on it.

It did not bother her father, which is my brother, in the least. He would say "its normal for kids that age"

Well I wonder how many parents have lost children to suicide whose parents at one time said the same thing.

I took it upon myself to ask her lovingly why she was wearing the necklace. She said she thought it was cool. I then asked her.. do you think God would think it was cool to wear that?

She said no and took it off right away. I had no problem with correcting her blindness, and I am sure it glorified God.

But I can't help but think that because of my brothers own blindness, he is somehow responsible for the blindness of his own daughter.


News Item12/12/05 2:16 PM
Jim | Nebraska  
I now see why the BBC mentions there is flash photography in some of their news items. Parental should control what their children watch and how long they watch would seem to be a necessity. I suppose the modern-day parents could watch TV for five hours straight. They may not see any reason for limiting their children in doing similar things.
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