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Computer Games vs. Philippine Traditional Games?

What can we get in playing Traditional Games?

When we are playing traditional filipino games we are doing many things.

1) Heart and circulatory system: 
Regular exercise or playing healthy games makes the heart muscles stronger and more efficient. The heart-beats of an athlete do not increase appreciably even when doing something requiring physical exertion, and revert very soon to the normal rate afterwards. In contrast, even a little exertion sends the pulse rate of a sedentary individual rocketing up, and it takes time for the heart to settle down to its normal rate of beating. The blood vessels dilate during exercise, and so more blood reaches the muscles. It has been found that during vigorous or rapid exercise, the blood circulation in certain muscles and organs increases 25 to 30 times, thus supplying the muscles and organs with more oxygen and a larger number of red blood corpuscles. 

  2) The respiratory system: Breathing becomes not only more rapid, but also deeper, thus making increased quantities of oxygen available.

3) The musculature: Healthy Games strengthens the muscles, promotes their development and increases their efficiency. Stronger muscles lend better support to the joints.
4) The skin: The pores of the skin open up during exercise. The result is a healthier skin, because of more efficient disposal of impurities and dirt.
5) Temperature of the body: The temperature of the body rises during playing. This promotes the burning up of the toxic substances in the body.

In short, all the systems of the body derive invaluable benefits from playing healthy games or exercise.

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What can we get in playing Computer Games?

Many of our Filipino children nowadays are neglecting the tradtional filipino games, instead of playing these, they rather choose playing computer games and other gadgets, they don't know that these games has no good effect in thier body, they're just getting many sickness of playing these.


There are a few theories which surround the phenomenon. One theory – and perhaps the most common – is that the illusion of motion created by the game environment, combined with the lack of physical motion of the subject causes some level of disorientation in the Area postrema. This is the part of the brain that controls vomiting and for reconciling differences between vision and balance. In our bodies, it is the inner ear which regulates balance when we move; however when there is no movement detected by our ears but movement detected by our eyes then we have a problem. In these instances, the brain’s natural defense is to assume some form of toxin has penetrated the body and tries to expel it.

Of course, there’s no toxin; the effect is down to a clash of the senses whereby what we see on the screen cannot be tallied by the ear and vice versa. Other theories put forward suggest the blame lies at newer technologies such as widescreen TVs and monitors for distorting the field of vision in games, especially in confined environments such as alleyways or corridors.

The 'Bob' Effect
From a gamer’s view, the most likely cause of Simulation sickness is the ‘bob’ effect, which is manifest in the FPS genre by the illusion of the character’s moving, through their weapon and the scenery ‘bobbing’ up and down slightly with each step taken. As FPS games are generally fast paced, then the effect of motion is accelerated to the point where eyes and ears get out of sync with one another and so become disoriented.

High-Tech Health Syndrome

Our ancestors roamed the Serengeti with their sights set on the horizon. We sit at desks all day staring at a computer screen. The result for many: computer fatigue syndrome. It causes eyestrain, dizziness, headaches, low energy, and neck, back, and shoulder pain. 

Computer Eye Syndrome
The use of computers in the United States and the world is growing exponentially. The amount of time one spends looking at a computer screen is also increasing similarly. Humans evolved biologically as “hunters and gatherers”. Our vision developed primarily for seeing distance (98% of all humans are born farsighted). Our eye muscle systems are in their most relaxed state when we use our vision for distance objects and space. In similar fashion, our bodies were designed for movement. Maintaining a sitting posture for long periods of time is unnatural for us.

As a result, working at a computer for a long period of time without breaks can cause unnatural strain on us that can result in a condition called “computer fatigue syndrome”. Computer users have shown to have a reduced average blinking time while using computers, which, according to Japanese investigators, causes a major risk of developing transient, or short-term dry eyes.

Over a period of time, excessive computer use can have cumulative negative effects on the user including the worsening of farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, eye-focusing disorders and poor eye coordination. In addition, constant working from a set position can cause neck and shoulder stiffness, as well as stress headaches, which can then cause pain in the jaw (referred to TMJ or temporomandibular joint).                              

When someone has carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, the "tunnel" of bones and ligaments in their wrist has narrowed. This narrowed tunnel pinches a nerve, causing a tingly feeling or numbness in a person's hand, especially in the thumb and first three fingers.

Someone with carpal tunnel syndrome may have trouble typing on the computer or playing a video game. In fact, repetitive motions (doing the same thing again and again) from those activities may be to blame for causing the carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place.
Source: WikiPedia