Posts Tagged ‘TED’

First-Person Shooters Are Oddly Good For The Brain

Hang on, I'm just dramatically improving my brain.

Sitting and playing the nonsense of Black Ops 2, it’s hard to imagine that your brain is improving in any way. Turns out, it’s improving in lots of ways.

Goodness, some positive, intelligent science regarding health and videogames. With cathartic ease, cognative researcher Daphne Bavelier discusses how their research has shown that even hardcore FPS games have positive effects on the brain. In fact, especially hardcore FPS games.

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This Isn’t Call Of Duty’s Live Action Trailer

Oh piss off.

There’s a new live action trailer for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. However, first of all, I’ve had enough of live action trailers for games. Secondly, it’s embarrassingly rubbish. So instead, below, you can watch Oliver Sacks giving a lecture on hallucinations.

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“The Agenda Of Fear”

The human being is a creature of habit. We like our rituals, our comforts, we respond to stimuli in routine ways… And that includes, it appears, what spurs the mainstream media to decry videogames as harmful. Statistician-come-journalist David McCandless did the maths for a TED talk, and ascertained that, on average, uproar about violent games occurs in two particular months.
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McGonigal: Play Videogames, Save The World

Jane McGonigal thinks that gaming can save the world. We currently spend three billion hours a week playing online games. McGonigal says we need to raise that total to twenty-one billion hours a week by the next decade, if we want to address the world’s problems. Counter-intuitive, yes. I thought there were only 168 hours in a week… Watch her talk below.
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