Do Gamers Get Enough Sleep?

Do core gamers get enough sleep? I asked myself that around 1:00 Oclock in the morning over the course of the past couple of days. The answer…Absolutely not. I wake up every morning at 6:00 AM get ready and play Diablo 3, leave for work at 7:30 AM. Get home around 5:00 PM, take care of a couple of errands. Start playing again around 6:00 PM. From 6:00PM – 1:00 AM I am playing games. Head to bed around 1:00 after changing the babies diaper, and repeat the process.

So this looks like the scattered life of a game addict. I try to balance this as well as spend time with my family and god forbid, eat. Yea, I do eventually need sustinance. So we all know that sleep deprivation is bad, but how bad is it and is it worth spend that extra 3 hours on a raid. Lets see.

10 Effects of Sleep Deprivation: Found from Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents

Sleepiness causes accidents.  This comes to me as no surprise.  That woozy feeling you get when you are overly tired.  That’s bad!  For example, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old” -Web MD.  With these kinds of figures one could assume that it was the equivalent of drinking and driving.  This feeling of sleepiness means you need some sleep.

2.  Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep loss effects your thinking.  This includes but is not limited to:  Inability to focus, reason, problem solve, reduces reaction times, etc.  This means what?  If you keep losing on that raid or dungeon and can’t progress maybe you should just go to sleep.  Staying up and exhausting yourself does not make you better, it actually makes these long raids more difficult.  From a gamers point of view.  This is the worst.  Sleep loss destroys performance.  Get some sleep you late night raid monsters.

3.  Serious Health Issues

Health issues like:  Heart Disease, Heart attack, Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Diabetes.  These are the ones that have been listed but I have even heard of some gamers suffering from Kidney Failure and Coma.  Yes, this does happen.  Lack of sleep will destroy you both physically and psychologically.

4.  Kills Sex Drive

All of those late night raids on WoW destroyed you physically.  Well guess what, you probably aren’t gettin any.  Not that you wanted it with how exhausted you are.

5.  Sleepiness is Depressing

If you are sleeping less than six hours of sleep every night than you are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.  Both of which can severely impact your daily life, and social life.  Don’t be a victim of this.  Get out of the rut, wake up and go to bed.  It’s optimal to get 7-8 hours of sleep.  6 is a minimum.

6.  Lack of Sleep Ages your…Skin

Seriously, if you don’t sleep you start to look older.  When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces Cortisol which breaks down the proteins that make your skin smooth and beautiful.  The lack of sleep also causes the body to produce too little hormone required for growth.  It actually can stunt growth.  So be careful when kids are staying up late, if they are waking up early it can effect their growth.

7.  Sleepiness makes you forget

You may not believe it, but I forget either way.  My wife believes that I am the forget master.  But being tired does encourage the memory loss master.  You are more likely to forget about things if you are tired.  Getting sleep and eating a healthy breakfast will improve your ability to think and remember.

8.  Losing sleep can make you fat

The reasoning for this is due to an increase in appetite.  When we don’t sleep much we have a tendency to eat more.  This applies to those who have slept less than 6 hours.  This is followed by a craving for high-fat, high-carbohydate foods.  Some believe that good sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs.

9.  Doubles the risk of death

Nuff said.  I don’t think there is much more I can say about this.  Other than, remember all those things I told you earlier.  Everything is more likely to kill you while you are tired.  Sleep!  Please.

10.  Sleep loss impairs judgement about when we should sleep

This happens to me when I stay up too late.  You want to sleep but feel like you can’t sleep.  This is problematic.  You need to sleep so you can sleep.  Simple as that.

So what we learn today is that sleep plays a big role in our life.  I’m going to test myself and I’m going to start focusing on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep from this point on.  I will begin posting weekly updates on my health and how I have started feeling since getting good nights sleep.
If you have any comments or questions please comment below.  I would love to hear your thoughts, and opinions.

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TMNT 2014 Trailer! Looks Awesome! Plus, Hercules & Godzilla! O My’

Since the days of early childhood I remember sitting on the couch singing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”  I love the show, and I love the series.  Nothing can sway me and when I see Michaelangelo pull out those nunchuks and beat up the badies I can’t get enough.  Even now I take a certain interest in the green guys.  Went as far as to get a TMNT Mod for L4D2.  It’s a flashlight mod, but it really doesn’t illuminate much.

Regardless of my much love and joy regarding TMNT I am pleased to announce that there is a trailer for a new TMNT movie coming out.  It will star…Megan Fox?  Yes Megan Fox will be in the movie in what appears to be the leading actress roll.  Now I know what your thinking and before you say it let me say this.  Megan Fox has some potential here.  I actually don’t see the problem and I can only imagine the kind of comments that are already being made.  However, I think she would be perfect in her role. No argument there for me. I’m sure that many of you are going to have some different opinions on the matter, but I think she will be fine.

After watching the video you will notice that they have made the attempt to make the turtles look ultra realistic. No more cartoony looking turtles. In fact, they look pretty good. I’m looking forward myself to seeing trailers later down the line. It’s exciting and I am happy to share this excitement.

On a further note. In case you haven’t heard, “Hercules” Staring “Dwayne, The Rock Johnson” & Godzilla are coming out soon. These are two movies that I am very excited to see hit the bigscreen. If you missed the trailers you can watch them down below.

Diablo 3 Postings!

With the new expansion available for Diablo 3 I can only image what kind of sudden popularity it’s going to start seeing again.  Not that it wasn’t popular before.  However, I plan to begin livestreaming content for Diablo 3.  I have not began playing the new content, but I expect that I will have some available content coming at a later time.

I will begin listing dates and times for my Twitch Schedule and what will be playing throughout the week.  You can follow the link Twitch TV.  I will post updates about future content as it comes available.  But most of all I live off the feedback that everyone provides me.  Please do not hesitate to make requests so that I can fulfill your requests ASAP.

I would like to thank you for all your patronage and time.  Thank you for supporting me.

Please follow this link if you would like more information on Diablo 3:  http://us.battle.net/d3/en/?-

Bioshock Infinite, Caught me off Guard

In a twisted universe sometime in a different 1920’s we find Booker Dewitt. Sent on a mission to save a girl from a tower prison guarded by a mechanical steampunk bird. Once he recues the girl thing quickly escalate and things get…Weird. First and foremost this is the aspect of the game that I enjoyed the most. I could not predict the outcome of Bioshock Infinite and it did a fantastic job of throwing me off. By the time I finished I was met by a twisted story line. Up until this point I couldn’t have been more absorbed in the story of Booker Dewitt. Throughout the story you will find yourself absorbed in his emotions, his feelings, and his life story. The more you play the more you learn about his past and the inevitable conclusion it comes to at the end.

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Elizabeth’s character is not only beautiful but intelligent as well. Throughout the story from the time you take her from the tower till the very end she continues to be a strong character and can support you easily through the steps of the game. Elizabeth can actually throw you health, ammo, or salts while you are in need. She is actually helpful during the entirety of the game, and her AI is stunning. I wanted to thank someone for making a support character that actually has the ability to support. Needless to say, throughout the story you will feel Elizabeth’s emotions, her pains and her struggles. It was hard not to be empathetic throughout the story. The characters have personality’s and while playing it feels like your reading a good book or watching a movie.

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While character developement is amazing, the gameplay is down right perfect. Aiming is fluid, and the controls move smoothly. Aiming down the sights feels natural. The game gives you plenty of cover during high combat stages in the game, and the Computer AI is intelligent. The enemies will seek you out to find you if your hiding away. I had a few moments were I found myself cornered and unable to move around. Other times they went to flank me. Either way, the AI will be a challenge, even on normal mode I found myself struggling from time to time. Of course, just when you think things couldn’t get better the developers threw in special abilities, a hook melee weapon on your left hand that will help you mow down your oponnents. Once you find Elizabeth you can use her ability’s to open up tears in the world that will allow you to bring things into the world that may not have normally existed. Trust me when I say, this never gets boring.

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The world is amazing on it’s own. You start out in a dark dismal lighthouse. After heading to the top you are launched through the air on a rocket up to Columbia. The beautiful city will mezmerize with it’s light and splendor. Looking at it for a few moments will rob you, and run off with the cash. The art is amazing, and the style is done with consistency and grace. You step out into this world and quickly realize how dense the world truly is. You feel and experience their world, there is a full level of immersion.

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If I had something negative to say about Bioshock Infinite I would. But there is very little criticism for me to give. I couldn’t find a single improvement that could be made to the game. Not only is it well polished but the gameplay is more than solid. It strives in itself to achieve more than could be expected. The music is beautiful as you walk into rooms and can hear the sound of music from the 1920 era. The developement team did a fantastic job on this title and I could only ask for more. In fact, that is the only criticism that I have. I wish it could have been longer. But the story finished climactically and couldn’t have been any better.

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Pig Face, Chicken man, Hitman Gorefest

Hotline Miami has driven me the point of insanity. Neone lights, flashing burst of light as I smack that guy in the head with a bat.  I pick up a shotgun, kick down the door and shoot a thug in the face.  I clear out the building, cops are heading my way.  I knock a few of them out, head downstairs, out the front door and into my car.  I’m safe to play another day.

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This detail a common level in “Hotline Miami” This is the kind of stuff you will experience while you are clearing things out.  Doing your job as a hitman.  The games story is almost non existent.  However, I quickly realized that you really don’t need the story to play this title.  You could have done well enough without it.  It is however a nice touch for players who enjoy knowing exactly what the hell is going on.  That is…If you can understand the story to begin with.  The story starts as you are trained in the way of killing.  Door slams, hand to hand, and the ever popular shoot Em’ in the face method.  Shortly afterward you are met by three individuals who are wearing masks.  They basically task you to do some work for them.  You of course, are all too happy to accept the tasks.  From there you are set out on missions to hunt down and kill individuals occupying building.

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The gameplay is difficult and I don’t mean regularly difficult.  You have to not only move fast but make those moves count.  You will find yourself hugging walls, Pushing down doors, coordinating your next move.  There are no cheats in this game, no leveling up.  If you fail, you fail.  Start over from the beginning of that level.  Sound fun?  It is!  But the gore fest is amazing and you will enjoy every minute of it once you get used to controling your character.  You even get to choose your own mask, and each mask can grant a different ability.  This to me is a nice added feature to the content.

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However, the game does have a couple of lacking points.  I would have liked to see an multiplayer option.  Particularly a co op mode with integrated voice chat options.  I believe that it would have been nice to work together as a team to kill a whole room.  That just seems natural too me.  Who wants to stand alone.  Why not fail as a team.  If one of you dies your both on your own and the dead player can come back as a ghost to tag along with the other one.  I can see something like this implemented in the future.  A level creation mode would have also been a nice feature especially if said level could be used in those same co op matches.

The responsiveness from time to time is a little bit slow, and this does kill my play time from time to time.  It can be slightly frustrating but is minimally impacting.

All in all.  I highly recommend this game to anyone who would enjoy a bit of a gore fest.