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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

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

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

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