Universal Controller Fix’s medical testing has completed its preliminary stage at the Stanford School of Medicine, and surprisingly, seems to promise a wide range of health benefits to users. One researcher on the Stanford team described UCF as being on par with “…[a] new penicilin.”
UCF is a remedy for some of Melee’s nuanced flaws. Without the fix, these issues are present depending on the controller the player is using, and can include things such as inconsistent shield-dropping or dashback. UCF is a tool that can be used via a memory card on any Gamecube system running v1.02 of Melee.
The team at Stanford was initially wary of testing UCF medically, as no study up to this point has even attempted to use video game modification software for health benefit purposes. When the controlled test with a sample size of 1,100 began at the beginning the December, no one could have predicted the results.
The study found that when exposed to UCF for just 30 minutes, patients’ mood increased, their immune system was boosted, and high levels of dopamine and serotonin were detected in the brain. The control group saw none of these benefits.
“It’s remarkable, really, how many benefits we see from the study so far. We’ve still got around 2 months of testing, but even if just the research we have now is accurate, then we could soon have hospitals where every room has a CRT and Gamecube using UCF,” lead researcher Terry Granata said.
Granata went on to say that the first phase of the research showed signs that UCF could be used to treat several incurable diseases, but more testing is required.
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