When Gaming Is Good for You

When Gaming Is Good for You - WSJ.com: "Videogames can change a person's brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better. A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability. People who played action-based video and computer games made decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study. Indeed, the most adept gamers can make choices and act on them up to six times a second—four times faster than most people, other researchers found. Moreover, practiced game players can pay attention to more than six things at once without getting confused, compared with the four that someone can normally keep in mind, said University of Rochester researchers. The studies were conducted independently of the companies that sell video and computer games. . . . "

"Video Game Review: Plants vs. Zombies
New York Daily News
By Ebenezer Samuel / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS There was a time, just a few short years ago, when Apple iPad games were measured against portable console gaming experiences. We wondered if they could hang, if the likes of Cut the Rope would ever captivate us ...

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RPT-Apple's new iPad making waves in video game market
By Liana B. Baker March 9 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's faster and sharper-looking new iPad is drawing the notice of the traditional video game industry, as developers are envisioning games for it that have more in common with the visceral 3D shooter "Call ...

Company sees video games as therapeutic
Boston Globe
It's pretty counterintuitive, but what if playing video games could help improve conditions like depression or attention deficit disorder? A low-profile Boston start-up, Akili Interactive Labs, is developing games to prove that hypothesis.

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Video Game Sale: The Slump Persists
Additionally, revenue from the sale of video game accessories was down 16.0 % to $215.2 million from the year-ago period. Activision Blizzard Inc.'s (ATVI) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 held on to its position as the top selling video game for the ...

Gaming Sees Lower Video-Game Sales in February
Video game sales remained choppy throughout February, with software and hardware sales declining by 23% and 18%, respectively. A lack of new games was the primary reason behind the decline in software sales. Though Activision Blizzard's "Call of Duty: ...

The Art Of Video Games Opening At The Smithsonian Friday
By Zach Walton · 1 min ago · Leave a Comment One of the most passionately discussed arguments of our time, especially to gamers, is the question of whether or not video games can be classified as art. Art, is of course, a completely subjective concept.

At This Chinese Video Game Bar, You Drink
When I came up for the concept of a cocktail lounge, I didn't want it to be pretentious, I wanted to invited something that was a bit more youthful and I thought it would be cool to add video games. "I didn't make an Arcade video game bar," he added, ...

Video Game Review: Hit the Slopes with Flawed but Fun 'SSX'
CHICAGO – Pick your favorite rider and coolest board and hit the mountains of “SSX,” an attempted reboot of a hit snowboarding franchise from the last-generation of consoles. How has the concept aged and how has EA adapted for a new age demographic for ...


Angry Birds Space - Update on Video Game Release Date
Newstar Media
By Janet Grdinich In a earlier report this week, appended below, we reported on the release of the new Angry Birds Space video game, based on the very popular Angry Birds from Rovio Entertainment. To answer some of the many questions we have received ...

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SXSW 2012: Should Web Sites And Video Games Be Preserved Like Art Is?
Huffington Post
Our three panelists discussed how these artifacts, along with video games, internet forums and user-generated forums, have cultural relevance, and it's important to save them. "The internet community as a whole hasn't done a great job of doing that," ...

New publishers, not traditional video game big-wigs, control mobile gaming
A fascinating story in the mobile gaming world is that of Electronic Arts, one of the biggest video game publishers in the world, and the effort it's putting into the mobile space. EA has been fighting hard to gain a foothold in publishing video games ...

More States Offer Perks To Attract Video Game Makers
When former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling moved his video game company 38 Studios to Rhode Island in 2010, the decision was not just a snub to the state of Massachusetts. It was also part of a growing rivalry in which states are competing to create a ...

Remembering Moebius, a Man Who Helped Video Games More Than You Might Think
While Moebius is popularly-known for his iconic "cartoon" style and work on comics and film, his impact on video games was still significant, both directly and indirectly. Indirectly, his work, like that of men like McQuarrie, has its fingerprints over ...
Quatrel likes Legos and video games
Philadelphia Inquirer
He is also adept at playing video games. Quatrel enjoys listening to music and is eager to learn to play an instrument. He is not sure just yet about which instrument, so he wants to try a few different ones before taking lessons.

Video games retailer warns it could be game over
LONDON - British video games retailer Game warned shareholders their equity in the firm could be worthless as it struggles to source new products from suppliers. The group, which trades from about 1270 stores in nine European markets and Australia, ...

For Creators of Games, a Faint Line on Cloning
New York Times
Some small video game makers say that line seems to have all but disappeared. Vlambeer, a small start-up based in the Netherlands, made a free online game in 2010 called Radical Fishing. The game involved catching fish with a hook, reeling them in and ...

New York Times

SXSW 2012: Video game 'Starhawk" had short flight to fest
USA TODAY (blog)
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Austin video game development studio LightBox Interactive took advantage of South By Southwest's Screenburn Arcade near its home turf to show off some new features of its upcoming PlayStation 3 game Starhawk.

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The Art of Video Games Brings Pac-Man and Mass Effect to the Smithsonian This ...
This Friday, March 16, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open their new exhibit, "The Art ofVideo Games." And as always happens these days in gaming, they have a launch trailer. Fans were able to vote, in 2011, on the 80 games that would make ...

A Normal Life, An Extraordinary Death and the Video Game That Wasn't Meant to Be
The problem with a game about Joyce Vincent would seem to be the problem with any video gameabout something serious or sad: people expect video games to be fun. Nothing about Joyce's death was "fun." The problems Robertson ran into involved something ...

Mega Man's Daddy Says That Japan Needs to Admit That They've Lost Video Game ...
Keiji Inafune sounded an ominous note at the beginning of his presentation during the Game Developers Conference last week, saying to the audience that "there might be some harsh comments, so please be prepared." Turns out the trigger warning from one ...

Mass Effect 3's ending: Why the backlash is idiotic - but inevitable
Over on PC Gamer, Tom Francis described how the game left him "feeling incredibly sad", going on to explain that "Shepard is the best game character I've ever played. She's been an ongoing improv collaboration between me and Bioware to build a hero ...

Boondock Saints Video Game Announced At SXSW
By Amanda Crum · 1 min ago · Leave a Comment Fans of the film “The Boondock Saints” have been waiting a long time to hear news of a video game, and yesterday they got it at the Austin, TX event South By Southwest. Although the official announcement ...

Ralph Baer, video game mastermind, sits down for inventor portrait video
By Darren Murph posted Mar 12th 2012 3:01PM Ralph Baer is a name synonymous with gaming lore, credited with the invention of the Magnavox Odyssey and thinking that digital table tennis was a good idea long before Pong proved him right.

Commentary: Death of co-op in video games is discouraging
Spartan Daily
The VGChartz Network is an aggregator of five specialized video game websites — the namesake VGCharz tracks the sales figures of video games for a given week in the American, European, Japanese and global markets, according to its website.

Here is a Video Game You Can Play Against Your Cat
At South by Southwest, the cat-food manufacturer Friskies revealed the latest game in their ongoing series of iPad games aimed at cats. This one, called You vs. Cat, doesn't just let your cat freak out and scratch the crap out of your screen, ...

IGN to live stream GAME British Academy Video Games Awards
12/03/12 – IGN, the UK's largest games website, is building up to its annual live stream of the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards with a dedicated online hub at http://go.ign.com/baftagames2012/. As official online promotional partner for the ...

STEM Video Game Challenge deadline extended to March 23
by Richard Mitchell on Mar 12th 2012 8:30AM The 2012 STEM Video Game Challenge has had its deadline extended to March 23. First launched in 2010 as part of President Barack Obama's STEM initiative, the challenge is designed to promote education in ...

'Indie Game: The Movie' – You'll Believe A Video Game Documentary Can Make You ...
/FILM (blog)
Focusing on the development of three well-known independent video games (Braid, Fez, Super Meat Boy) the film manages to not only give us a glimpse into the fascinating world of indie game development, it drips with true emotion at every single turn.

The Boondock Saints Video Game debuts at SXSW
The Verge
By Griffin McElroy on March 11, 2012 09:26 pm 4Comments Most of the Boondock Saints Video Game panel at SXSW Interactive's Screenburn Arcade did not actually have much to do with thevideo game based on the Boondock Saints. Rather, a good 45 minutes of ...

New Video Game Releases: March 12 – March 18
After a few fast and furious (too fast, too furious some might say) weeks, things slow just a little bit as we get deeper into March. Things are a bit more focused with only a couple of standouts. First up, for fans of soccer (that's right, ...

You vs. Cat Video Game
By Miss Cellania
Friskies released some iPad games for your cat to play last year. Now they have a game that you can play against your cat! “You vs. Cat” was unveiled at the SXSW interactive Festival in Austin last night. The game is simple enough: At one ...

Everytime I Play Video Games Instead of Doing my Homework - Gifs ...
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Sunday Ad Video Game Deals (3/11/12 to 3/17 ... - Cheap Ass Gamer
The Rest of the Deals... All MRSP prices have been removed. Best Buy (Ad) Thanks, MidnightMetal - See post here · BUY 2 PRE-OWNED GAMES GET 1 FREE. Q. Does the $10 off coupon from the @Gamer Magazine stack on this? A. No.
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Report: WWE Video Game Title Delayed | WrestlingNewsWorld.com
By Richard Gray
GameBandits.com is reporting that THQ will not release the prospective WWE Brawl video game title this year. The company reportedly confirmed in a Tweet to one.

American Art Museum debuts The Art of Video Games Exhibit ...
By Katy from Smithsonian Student Travel
This week the Smithsonian American Art Museum will reveal an exhibit dedicated to a modern form of art gaining prevalence in America's living rooms — video games. The Art of Video Games opens March 16, 2012, and will explore the evolution of artistic ... The 3 day festival will be host to video game pioneers sharing their experiences in the industry through a series of discussions and panels. There will also be a chance to meet designers and artists, screen new games and ...
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Dungeon Village review - Android reviews | Pocket Gamer
Kairosoft's winning streak continues: Dungeon Village is just as addictive as its forebears, and boasts a refreshingly unique premise which sets it apart from the company's other superb releases.
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Walther SP-22: Life Imitates Video Game Art | The Truth About Guns
By Chris Dumm
Even though the ATF would never let you import this thing without a trigger guard, I still expect to see more convergence between video games and guns as games eclipse films as entertainment and gun culture goes more 2.0-mainstream ...
The Truth About Guns

Video Game Techniques: Magic The Product Range
By jessereyes616
Magic the product range can be an interactive trading cards video game. The majority of the participants exactly who take part in the games gain from very specific principles and techniques. Considering the fact that Magical the product range ...
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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Vita) - Video Game Reviews | RotoRob
By Uma Smith
Years ago, I couldn't believe my eyes when I ran into X-Men vs. Street Fighter in the arcades. The thought of two different worlds joining together seemed as surreal and exhilarating as having DC and Marvel characters within the same comic!

SXSW Panel: “Should Web Sites And Video Games Be Preserved ...
By Gary D. Price
Kraus, a prim, spirited woman with a passion for gamers, takes it over to discuss preserving video games and virtual worlds. Her first project, through the University of Maryland, was funded by the Library of Congress, and archives a set of eight ...

A Career in Video Games – Robert Sanchez Interview
By Jeremy Jones
... Sanchez Interview. By Jeremy Jones on Mar 12, 2012 in Developer's Corner · Tweet · Tweet. Video Game character artist and animator, Robert Sanchez, takes a break from his job at Gamehouse to sit down with me for an interview about his passion for character art and animation. ... 5. How much time do you spend actually playing games? I am not much of a gamer but I am starting to enjoy the quick 1 min. experiences that Facebook games have offered. Especially Collapse Blast!
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Tech Talk Gaming: 'The Boondock Saints Video Game' officially ...
By YungJB
Tech. Tech Talk Gaming: 'The Boondock Saints Video Game' officially announced at SXSW Interactive. 03.11.12 | No Comments. The Boondock Saints Video Game has just been announced at during a panel at the SXSW Interactive festival in ...
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More Evidence Video Games Help Your Brain | Neuromarketing
There's more evidence that playing video games can improve your brain in ways that go beyond an ability to get higher scores in those games: People who ...

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