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The Nintendo 3DS, Headaches, and Bad Journalism 132

brumgrunt writes "A British paper is claiming that the Nintendo 3DS poses some kind of health risk. The claim sounds interesting, until you see how that conclusion was reached. 'On the 6th of April, the paper conducted a scientific experiment in which a 22-year-old member of the staff had his blood pressure and pulse taken after playing the 3DS in different situations – at rest, while walking, or while taking a ride in a car. The Sun came to the startling conclusion that the man’s pulse and blood pressure were higher while walking than while sitting down, yet concluded, apropos of nothing, “Children should not be left to play on it for hours.” The article neglects to point out that a raised blood pressure and pulse is perfectly normal, and you’re as likely to experience such a physical response while walking and reading a book as you are when playing the 3DS.'" Pocket Gamer posted a humorous follow-up, using the Sun's own methods against it.
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The Nintendo 3DS, Headaches, and Bad Journalism

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  • Re:Omg..... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by The Grim Reefer2 ( 1195989 ) on Friday April 08, 2011 @11:43AM (#35758500)

    Please stop calling The Sun a newspaper or it's contents journalism.
    It's stories (when not just crap about celebs) are written so that the brit sheeples can feel 'informed'.
    They believe anything written in there because its the best selling rag and it leaves them a few more brain cells free to update twittle or facebook pages.

    To be fare, the summary called it "A British paper" and also referred to it as "the paper". I didn't notice any mention of "newspaper".

    Now this line is a little more troubling to me, "On the 6th of April, the paper conducted a scientific experiment"

  • That entire piece is crap...anything which raises adrenaline will increase heartbeat and blood pressure. Gaming is an activity that some people really get into so of course its going to have that effect. Show me a gamer playing a fps or racing game that doesn't get higher blood pressure and pulse and I'll show you a gamer who's doing it wrong.

    That said, sadly this is the first generation I have completely skipped a handheld release with no real intention of getting one at all. While I think the 3d thing is interesting and fairly innovative, I've been spoiled by iOS and Android and just cant see paying $40 for a game again. The counter to that is generally an uneducated response that android and ios games lack the depth of the Sony and Nintendo offerings but they are there if you look for them even in the RPG genre that Nintendo is famous for. I really do think Nintendo is going to be a world of hurt when it comes to handhelds, the price model myth has been disproven, look at World of Goo and Plants vs Zombies and its easy to see high quality games can sell and be very lucrative even at a lower price. Never underestimate the power of discreet gaming, you can carry around a phone or handheld as an adult and get in a few minutes of gaming here and there without so much as a glance, but employers tend to frown on adults bringing their DS or PSP to work with them.

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