Surgery and Game Boys
I saw the report contained in this article in the local paper. Playing Game Boy games before surgery is an effective ways of getting youngsters to calm down beforehand.
It doesn't surprise me. I have a Game Boy Advance that I take with me on airline trips. I'm not that keen on flying, but playing the Game Boy takes my mind off things when I'm enroute. It also makes things go much quicker.
Except when I'm playing a game in which my character plunges to death from some ridiculous height. Then I'm reminded of where I am.