What Kind of Person Plays a Sports Video Game? MIT Has the Answers.

More than a year ago, Abe Stein of the Game Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reached out to me about a survey he was conducting » 12/01/12 4:00pm 12/01/12 4:00pm, an examination of sports video gamers. Stein, himself a committed sports gamer, wanted to know who made up this segment of gaming—long viewed as an outlier to the main gaming…

Take a Look at MIT's Slightly Trippy—and Oddly Spiritual—Game About the…

The last thing I was expecting from a game built on relativistic physics principles was a gentle allegory about the afterlife. But that's exactly how A Slower Speed of Light starts off. The little protagonist in this title from the MIT Game Lab actually dies right at the start of the game and has to pick up objects… » 11/02/12 1:15pm 11/02/12 1:15pm

MIT Students Turn Campus Building Into Playable Tetris Game

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a long (long) history of student "hacks," harmless but clever pranks. Several tend to show up in any given year. Previous reasonably recent favorites (of mine) include turning a building into The One Ring, flying Nyan Cat through a lobby, and an upside-down lounge. » 4/23/12 6:00pm 4/23/12 6:00pm

MIT Just Built a Better Nintendo 3DS Screen

A group of researchers from MIT have developed a new version of the parallax barrier technology used by Nintendo to give the 3DS its signature 3D visuals. The new version of the screen, called HR3D ("High Rank 3D"), can produce the same glasses-free 3D images as the 3DS, but does so while generating a brighter image… » 5/05/11 1:20pm 5/05/11 1:20pm

Is This Studying Hate Speech, or Just Intellectualized Trolling?

GAMBIT, the video games research center at MIT, is investigating racism and hate speech in online multiplayer gaming. The results are not particularly surprising, but I'll confess to a morbid curiosity as to what a gamer would hear playing Halo: Reach under the gamertag PROUD_2B_MUSLIM, GayPride90 or… » 3/19/11 6:00pm 3/19/11 6:00pm

You Can Contribute to the First Major Study of Sports Video Gamers

The games development research lab GAMBIT, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has launched a study of sports video gamers, one a researcher believes will be the first comprehensive, independent examination of a very large video game segment, but one often seen as an outlier to the wider culture. » 3/11/11 7:40pm 3/11/11 7:40pm