For years, doctors have tried to treat PTSD with everything from an anesthetic used during childbirth to hypnosis. But now, a study suggests a simpler approach: playing a particular video game. The findings offer hope for preventive treatment.
Playing the game Tetris can reduce post-traumatic stress disorder, claim British scientists at Oxford University. Experts found that dropping the blocks positively alters the way negative thoughts are created following a trauma.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Tetris's launch to the world. When Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov completed that first playable puzzle game on June 6, 1984, he changed the landscape of video games across the world.
First, be warned: This is an hour-long documentary. However, if you've got some time to spare, this is a fantastic 2004 BBC documentary about the guy who created Tetris, and the extent to which many companies went to get the rights to distribute it.