​The Positive Impact of Video Games

Chances are, if you're reading this you like video games. Video games are awesome right? They can have a positive impact on our lives. They can help us make friends, overcome our problems and help us grow as people. Give me a personal story about the impact of video games over a story about frame rates any day. » 3/03/15 4:45am 3/03/15 4:45am

Getting Upset At Video Games Is Probably Terrible For Your Health

I tend to get angry at little things in video games. A lot. Sometimes really, really, really angry. I'm starting to think I should stop. Why? A recent study explained just how bad for us small yet frequent day-to-day stresses really are. The short version? Life-threatening. » 9/16/14 8:44pm 9/16/14 8:44pm

Science! Video Game Violence Makes You More Sensitive

After this thing the other week here's some actual science proving actual things. Specifically: "'immoral' virtual behaviors in a video game can lead to increased moral sensitivity". » 7/01/14 5:00am 7/01/14 5:00am

The Dolphin Simulator Designed To Help Rehabilitate Stroke Patients

Animal simulators are all the rage these days, with games about playing as goats, cats, and bears all popping up in one form or another thanks to the magic of the internet. » 6/17/14 12:05pm 6/17/14 12:05pm

I'm A Man Who Plays As A Woman In Games, And I'm Definitely Not Alone

I self-identify as a straight male-bodied dude, but recently I've taken to playing as a female-bodied character in many games. It's not something the majority of people do, but it's also not uncommon. Oddly, however, men play as women far more than women play as men. Let's break down why people choose the avatars they… » 5/15/14 7:29pm 5/15/14 7:29pm

Artists, Even Game Developers, Are Weird. That's A Good Thing.

Video games have their rockstars. But they're not the same kind of rockstars as the ones who strut around in dresses made of meat or go on talk shows to argue about their Twitter feuds. Compared to pop music or Hollywood, games often seem like they have a culture of celebrity that's far more subtle. Nonexistent, even.… » 4/16/14 3:30pm 4/16/14 3:30pm

Scientists Use StarCraft II To Prove How Scary Aging Is

Getting old is never easy. Candy tastes less sweet. Hangovers get ever more brutal. Pop music becomes increasingly terrifying. And, of course, video games get harder. » 4/11/14 10:30am 4/11/14 10:30am

How Kinect Can Help Stroke Victims

Korean researchers have developed a stroke recovery program that uses Kinect. As you can see in the above video (via tipster Sang), the software even features a space shooter as part of the therapy. » 3/12/14 7:45am 3/12/14 7:45am

Study Suggests iPad Gaming Makes People Feel Like Throwing Up

Researchers at the University of Minnesota say they've found a link between motion sickness and iPad gaming. The fact they played Gameloft's Call of Duty clone, Modern Combat is delightful to me, but the game itself isn't what makes people queasy. It's how games are played on the tablet in general. » 2/11/14 11:00am 2/11/14 11:00am

Texting While Driving Can Get You Seriously Hurt (In Mario Kart)

By now we should all be on board with the idea that texting while driving is a particularly dangerous and irresponsible thing. But how does it affect one's driving within Mario Kart? A physician and some elementary schoolers found it significantly increases the risk of driving backwards, among other hazards. » 2/03/14 11:01am 2/03/14 11:01am

​Real Hitmen Prefer Tuesdays

You've seen contract killings go down in TV shows and movies. You've played hired killers in video games series like Hitman, Grand Theft Auto and Assassin's Creed. But a new study from Great Britain reveals that the modern-day business of paid murder is more mundane, bumbling and boring than what's shown in popular… » 1/29/14 12:30pm 1/29/14 12:30pm

Microsoft Is Researching a Bra. Well, a Smart Bra.

There's a good reason for that. According to Microsoft, a bra is close to the heart. You know what else it's close to? The stomach, that's what. » 12/04/13 4:40am 12/04/13 4:40am

11,000-Kid Study Finds That Video Games Aren't That Bad After All

Any time a high-profile act of violence happens, some media pundits are quick to blame video games for influencing the perpetrators' actions. But results of a UK study says that such a link may not exist. » 11/18/13 4:00pm 11/18/13 4:00pm

Reach Through the TV with MIT's Amazing Kinect-Controlled Project

This is called a Dynamic Shape Display. MIT built it, and it uses a Kinect sensor. In one of its applications, instead of a user in real life manipulating something on a TV, it puts the user on a TV, manipulating something in real life. See for yourself. » 11/16/13 3:00pm 11/16/13 3:00pm

Study Shows Playing Video Games Really Can Make Your Brain Bigger

Previous research on whether playing video games can make us smarter has been mixed, but a new study demonstrates a very tangible effect of playing video games: Parts of the brain can get bigger. » 11/07/13 5:46am 11/07/13 5:46am

Gamers More Numb to Pain, Others' Misery, Say Scientists

I'm not sure what to make of this study, by researchers in Germany and Australia. On a literal level, RPG gamers are better than others at fishing paper clips out of a container of ice-cold water. Scientists think that means they're desensitized either to pain or, going further, important life events, even. » 10/28/13 12:00pm 10/28/13 12:00pm

Local TV: Sexy Game Characters 'Worse Than Watching Miley Cyrus Twerk'

This local news report has all of the ingredients: Sex, teenage girls, the exploitation of them, video games, and a respected university's research. Here to synthesize it all for us is Life Coach Jenn Lee: "This is even worse than watching Miley Cyrus twerk." » 10/21/13 11:30am 10/21/13 11:30am

Who Are the 'Whales' Driving Free-to-Play Gaming? You'd Be Surprised

Few words in the video games industry are as cynical as "whale," taken from a Las Vegas term for a high stakes gambler. The difference is, a Vegas high roller may actually win something with his money, and at minimum is comped for everything during his stay. In free-to-play games, a whale is nothing but a cash target. » 8/25/13 1:00pm 8/25/13 1:00pm

Mind-Controlled Pong is One Step Toward a World Cup Kickoff

Controlling games with brainwaves is a vogue research subject—Patricia Hernandez herself tested out a demo that involved tossing trucks telekinetically—but a team of researchers have applied it to a competitive game—Pong—with the goal of allowing a paralyzed person to make the ceremonial kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. » 6/22/13 5:00pm 6/22/13 5:00pm

LEGO Figures Not as Happy as They Were 25 Years Ago, Says Research

Years ago, all LEGO minifigures had a placid, happy expression and a pointedly non-ethnic skintone that fit their role in the larger LEGO universe: They were props, the same as a tree or a fire hydrant. But as LEGO has made more movie tie-ins—and video games—its minifigs have become more brooding. Darker. Angrier. » 6/15/13 6:00pm 6/15/13 6:00pm