do videogames cause epilepsy?
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In December of 1997, the world was stunned when hundreds of Japanese children suffered seizures after watching a popular television show. At least 618 children of various ages experienced convulsions, vomiting, vision problems, and other symptoms after viewing an episode of “Pokemon”, a well-known children's cartoon. Most of the children developed symptoms within 20 minutes of watching the program, and many required hospitalization.

Upon investigation of this incident, a Japanese juvenile epilepsy expert confirmed that episodes of epilepsy can be triggered by colorful, flashing lights or patterns such as those found in video games and television. The official term for this type of epilepsy is photosensitive epilepsy.

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