ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

It's likely you would have heard of, or perhaps even experienced, Tetris syndrome—a common phenomena that refers to a sort of bleeding effect between and real life, the lines between each beginning to blur after prolonged and delirious play sessions.

It gets its name from the stupendously addictive puzzler of course, but is far from limited to that game. Though I've yet to see any imaginary tetrominos, I can recall that, during the height of my Modern Warfare addiction, I would often shut my eyes to see a full, vivid Team Deathmatch game play out.

This kind of projected hallucination isn't much to worry about, health wise. In fact, a 2009 Oxford study concluded that a preoccupation with Tetris-like video games "interferes with the way sensory memories are laid down in the period after trauma and thus reduces the number of flashbacks that are experienced afterwards."

In any case, while video games certainly have their benefits, we can all get a little confused sometimes...

Those awkward silences while you're considering your dialogue choice

You're totally flummoxed by waist-high walls

Puzzles. Puzzles are everywhere

Side-quest alert

I'll just reload the checkpoint if it goes wrong

Walks in the park are nothing without your imagination

Though, overall, reality always disappoints

This lag is terrible

No one is safe

You have little trouble approaching random strangers

The real cause behind insomnia

Must be a glitch

When you just can't get past that invisible wall

Tourist attraction or final boss?

Hold down that sprint button

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