Beyond Bossfights Episode 8 – Gamers and Health

This month, I’m joined by Cari from the MMO Reporter Network and Sig from Crucible Gaming to talk about the health risks associated with the hobby of gaming, and some things we as gamers can do to counteract the physical effects of it.

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Show notes:

Guest this episode: Cari from LOTRO Reporter and the MMO Reporter Network and Sig from the Crucible Gaming blog

Main Topic – Gamers and Health

Questions/Topics for discussion:

Video Game Related Health Problems (Wikipedia)

  • Seizures/Epilepsy
  • Musculoskeletal issues
  • Eye strain
  • Video Game addiction
  • Increased BMI (Obesity) bad eating habits (something about addictive nature of games/food)

Why Gamers are a Great Fit at the Gym (CNN)

  • Need to feel competent (level up)
  • Opportunity to develop a mastery (improvement is measurable)
  • Feeling of freedom and autonomy – of being in control
  • Goal oriented (quests)
  • Community/relationships/accountability

(personal interview section)

  • How much weight have you lost (sig)?
  • What made you decide that it was time to change your lifestyle/was there a trigger?
  • Do either of you have personal goals in mind that you would be comfortable sharing?
  • In your opinion, does gaming contribute/is it the cause of unhealthiness in your life?
  • How do you/do you plan to “gamify” the act of getting into a healthier routine?
  • Take me through a typical day for you, including specific examples of how you incorporate health into your daily routine (sig)
  • What has been the toughest thing about living more healthy?
  • What are the biggest benefits you’ve noticed about living healthier?
  • If gamers are indeed a “great fit at the gym”, why do we see so many video-game related health issues?
  • What advice do you have for someone who has decided or is on the edge of deciding to “get healthy”?
  • Tip from Cari: 33 Ways to get Exercise In at Work (or waiting for your Raid to fill!)
  • Join Sig’s Fitocracy group Game Your Fitness and start questing for your health!
  • It seems that Merric’s “Shake it Off Cast” has been removed from the host. I could not find any links to that podcast. 😦

What I’ve been up to



None this week



Brax is a thoughtful guy; it makes sense that he’d base a podcast around exploring topics at length. He’s also a generous host, giving his guests a lot of air time. I appreciate that he takes time between episodes instead of trying to meet a weekly schedule; you can tell he took the time to plan his explorations and prepare a good show.

Thoughtful Guy by Rhett and Link

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6 thoughts on “Beyond Bossfights Episode 8 – Gamers and Health

  1. Pasduil August 1, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but it occurs to me that “bad sleeping habits” is missing from the list of game-related health issues.

    I touched on it a bit in my post on Night-time Gaming and Sleep Cycles, and that’s probably the only game-related health issue that affects me at all personally.

    There seems to be a lot of evidence these days that the health benefits of getting a proper nights sleep are huge, and it’s something people in the modern world are increasingly missing out on.


    • Braxwolf August 1, 2014 / 1:04 pm

      Totally agree! It did come up in the course of the conversation but wasn’t a previously planned discussion point. My understanding is that sleeping patterns should not be toyed with, as the long-term effects of strange sleep habits can be pretty severe.


  2. Jestro of Windfola August 4, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Brax, thank you so much for covering this. I’ve actually not caught any of your previous podcasts, and stumbled on this by accident on G+ (Shame on me, we’ve been buddies in Windfola for some time!). A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, like Carrie. I lost a bit of weight, cut out sugar etc, but nothing dramatic. Recently I’ve started gardening, growing my own vegetables and such but didn’t have the wherewithal to push myself to seriously excercise, even though I know I needed to. This podcast and the subsequent introduction to Fitocracy has clicked something in my brain and I’m now taking steps to make changes. I hope the support I will get there will be enough to keep me focused and I have the three of you to thank for making it happen.


    • Braxwolf August 4, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      So encouraged to hear this! It’s funny how so many times we know what we should do, but we’re so hesitant to take the first step. Like Sig said, you’ve got to want to do it. Nobody can make that decision for you, but it’s also quite possibly the toughest step in the process. Glad you enjoyed the podcast. Hopefully, you’ll have a chance to give the previous ones a listen at some point. Maybe while out walking/running or something 🙂


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