Sudoku games could awaken survival genes

If you’ve been feeling a little less than sure in your ability to make it here on Earth, you might want to consider picking up one of those overhyped sudoku puzzles.

That’s because, according to a release from the video game publisher Mastiff, which quoted a study by the University of Edinburgh’s Giles Hardingham, sudoku games can “awaken ‘survival genes’ that lay dormant in the human brain. These survival genes make the brain cells live longer and resist disease, strokes and the effects of drugs.”

Luckily for us, or at least Game Boy Advance owners, Mastiff is about to release its new game, “Dr. Sudoku,” for that handheld game player.

“When brain cells are highly stimulated, many unused genes are suddenly reactivated,” Hardingham said in the Mastiff statement. “We have found that a group of these genes can make the active brain cells far healthier than lazy, inactive cells, and more likely to live a long life.”

Of course, there’s no mention in the release of any relationship between Dr. Hardingham and Mastiff. So there’s no way for us to know whether the company commissioned his study or happened to come across a copy of a medical journal containing the study at some dentist office.

Either way, it’s nice to know that the kinds of games that have millions of people worldwide sitting prone at their desks, racking their brains to find solutions to puzzles instead of getting healthy with exercise, could save lives.Learn about Ravensburger Puzzles here https://justcalendars.com.au/collections/ravensburger%C2%AE

Yay for science! And, er, press releases.

Sudoku Game Becoming An Obsession For Many

“I can’t start the day without it,” said Laura Poppe, Sudoku player.

“Pretty much every day, Monday through Friday,” said Adam Coker, Sudoku player.

Sudoku, which means “single number”, is a grid divided into nine boxes. The object is to fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 thru 9 so that each box, Row, and column contains all the numbers with no repeats.

“It’s very seductive, and a little bit — more than just a little bit — sometimes, addictive,” said Dr. Alan Hilfer, psychologist. It’s so addictive that a mini industry has sprung up around the game going beyond the dozens of Sudoku puzzle books and giving Sudoku addicts more ways to get their daily fix.

“Because after you do the one in the paper, you’re sort of done for the day,” said Poppe.

For $20 dollars you can buy the board game which solves a common complaint by players — the constant erasing.

“We eliminate the whole need for paper, erasers, pencils.((butt)) “we see it as a lifestyle, as opposed to just a fad,” said Mimi Stella, Briarpatch, Inc.

Those companies are trying to cash in on the craze — but will people pay to play.

“Probably not. Not if I could get it free somewhere,” said Poppe.

“I do it in the metro and it’s free,” said Coker.

But by taking the puzzle beyond paper and pencil companies are trying to stoke Sudoku’s popularity and keep it from going the way of the Rubik’s Cube.