Virtual health

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Video games are becoming increasingly more realistic. But one area that certainly hasn't got more true to life is the items used to restore your health.

From eating food to just taking a nap, let's take a look at some of the silly ways you can recover from your in-game injuries...

Note: video games aren't real life of course, and these mechanics only help us to enjoy our gaming experience. But if only it was this easy in real life!


Food and drink

food and drink

Food items are very common health restorers in the world of video games.

From the iconic 8-bit mushroom, to chickens and even squirrels on sticks, eating and drinking consumables will usually heal a small amount of your injuries instantly.

Real life: While food certainly provides energy for the body, eating everything you come across is not a good idea and won't directly heal your injuries... Unless it's hunger pains you're suffering from.

As seen in: The Super Mario series, Fallout, Skyrim, Banjo-Kazooie, Minecraft, Metal Gear Solid series

First aid kits

first aid kit

Usually depicted as a white box labelled with a red cross on top, medi-packs and first aid kits can be found in many different games.

Simply step over one to heal instantly, or pick it up and store it in your inventory for use later. Some games (like Far Cry and Skyrim) even allow you to craft them yourself.

Whichever way it works, your health will be replenished instantly when used.

Real life: First aid kits usually contain nothing more than bandages, plasters and disposable gloves. They'll help you out with a small cut or graze, but probably won't be much use if you're badly hurt from firearms...

As seen in: Tomb Raider series, The Last of Us, Minecraft



Outnumbered in battle and taking too much damage? Don't worry about finding health items because fortunately your body knows how to heal itself.

Find cover and rest for a few seconds, and you'll soon feel better thanks to health regeneration.

If, however, you're out on an open world adventure like Fallout or the Elder Scrolls series, you can sometimes sleep off any injuries you've acquired too by finding a bed at your nearest safe town.

Real life: Of course your body won't really be able to heal itself of any major wounds, and whilst sleeping certainly replenished the body, you'll likely wake up feeling worse if you don't get that grenade injury looked at by a doctor.

As seen in: Call of Duty 2 (and onwards), Uncharted series, Fallout, Skyrim



You're a renegade detective on a path to avenge the murder of your family. With each shootout you survive, your body takes several bullets from enemy gunfire.

Luckily for you, there are painkillers to be found in most bathrooms along the way - pop a few into your mouth and you'll be good to continue on your mission for vengeance.

Real life: Medicine might help you to deal with pain, but it's certainly not going to stop your bleeding gun wounds.

As seen in: Max Payne series

Healing potions

healing potions

As the most straightforward (and perhaps least imaginative) item, drinking this magical concoction will heal any and all of your injuries.

Potions are usually found in varying sizes, and you can sometimes also brew them yourself by foraging for ingredients.

Real life: To be honest, we can't really dispute with magic - this one's credible.

As seen in: BioShock 3, Skyrim, Far Cry, Resident Evil, Legend of Zelda series

Teammate revival

team revival

As seen in multiplayer shooters like Call of Duty, this mechanic requires you to rescue your teammates when they're down.

Simply run over to them within the allocated time, touch them gently on the shoulder for around five seconds, and they'll be as good as new.

Real life: While not completely absurd, rescuing teammates in battle would more realistically entail carrying them back to safety, not continuing on your mission.

As seen in: Call of Duty, Gears of War, Halo 5