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Video games could help uncover your hidden talents – and make you happier

While some people see video games as a means of living out fantasy, the truth is who we are in the virtual world largely reflects who we are in the real one. For instance, one piece of research has found that a player’s real values match their in-game decisions, suggesting that their true personality often gets reflected in a game scenario. There is also evidence that our ability to lead is strong...[Read More]

The cost of gaming – 2018 video games sales totalled $43.4 billion in the US alone

Video games are big business. Not quite as big as Apple in a bad quarter but still pretty big for what’s still a fairly narrow form of entertainment. American market research firm the NPD Group has crunched the numbers and video games sales managed to rack up $43.4 billion in 2018. That’s about R600 billion here at home. That’s a whole lot of video games. Those sales numbers aren...[Read More]

Why video games could be the new IQ tests

Gamers won’t be surprised. We and our colleagues have discovered a link between people’s ability to play video games and their general intelligence. Our research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, can’t establish whether playing video games makes people smarter or whether being smart makes you better at video games (or some other explanation). But it points to intriguing possibilities in using ga...[Read More]

How the US military is using ‘violent, chaotic, beautiful’ video games to train soldiers

Violent video games have become embedded within American culture over the past several decades and especially since 9/11. First-person shooters, in particular, have become increasingly popular. These games – in which players are positioned behind a gun – have turned a generation of kids into digital warriors who fight terrorists and battle alien invaders. Many play first-person shooters for pure, ...[Read More]

Game therapy: serious video games can help children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability, affecting more than 34,000 Australians, and more than 17 million people worldwide. The condition results when there is an injury to the developing brain that goes on to affect a child’s movement and posture, but can also include the senses (vision, hearing, touch) and cognition (thinking). On average, the incidence of CP means t...[Read More]

Family matters: how video games help successful aging

Sitting quietly in the corner, we watch a daily family ritual: in the living room awash with soft afternoon light, a six-year-old boy is sitting on the floor, controller in hand, eyes firmly on the television screen. His fingers expertly guide the colorful character in Skylanders, from time to time glancing over his shoulder and grinning at the figure on the sofa, his 68-year-old grandmother. Perc...[Read More]

Want to build better computer games? Call an architect

If I said I was a licensed architect helping to fight dementia, you’d probably assume I was designing a care home or some similar building. Actually, I’ve been working alongside neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors and programmers to produce a computer game that could lead to better diagnoses for the condition. One of the first signs of dementia is a decline in navigational ability but, until n...[Read More]

How eye tracking gives players a new experience in video games

Tracking people’s eye movements is a concept that for a long time has captured people’s imagination. More often than not, the technology has been depicted as part of rather dystopian futures: in the movie Minority Report, police could track your every move through your eyes; in Fifteen Million Merits, part of the television series Black Mirror, adverts would pause when you looked away, forcing you...[Read More]

Rumour: Activision may open its own movie studio

Video game movies, eh? They might rarely be satisfying from an artistic point of view, but Activision apparently senses they’re capable of making a lot of money. Rumour has it the game publishing giant is considering launching its own Hollywood studio in order to to further exploit video game properties such as Call of Duty, Destiny and Skylanders through film and television adaptations. One advan...[Read More]

The US Army’s newest respirator designs are taking cues from strange places

The soldiers of the future are going to look an awful lot like the soldiers that video games have been presenting to the world for years. Meet the US Army concept respirator from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s Respiratory Protection Branch that is being considered for use in the field. The idea is to create a respirator that can be used by soldiers that is able to protect them fro...[Read More]

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