Further evidenced when he paid $1,000 for the ugliest sunglasses the researchers had ever seen and stopped using plural nouns.
You know that thing where you play Tetris for too long, and suddenly you're mentally stacking everything you see? Science actually has a name for that. They call it "game transfer phenomena." Usually, the symptoms are perfectly benign, like seeing a particularly bitchin' rail and wondering how many points it's worth in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. In rare cases, though, GTP can lead to hallucinations. In a Swedish study, one 15-year-old hardcore gamer reported seeing health bars over the heads of people he encountered in real life. Of course, no one has gone stomping on turtles and throwing their bloody shells at their neighbors -- it's nothing but a strange, rare little quirk.
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Just don't describe it like that to gamers. They'll hear the word "rare" and spend the next 100 hours trying to unlock it.
For now, anyway. Researchers think that we might see more of this in the future as augmented/virtual reality tech becomes more prolific. Nobody's saying you should cancel your Oculus Rift pre-order, or even that if you play too much Kirby, you'll devour your children in an attempt to absorb their powers. We're merely saying that GTP may be about to become much more prominent, and you might occasionally find yourself cleaning your house by stacking all of your garbage together in an attempt to clear the line.