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Posts tagged “research”

Schizophrenia patients helped by videogame in early research study

My job, you'll be surprised to hear, involves an awful lot of thinking about videogames. I think about them as toys, as pieces of art, as arenas for competition and, if I'm feeling pretentious, as tools for expanding my mind. What I don't often get to do is think about them as part of a medical treatment. In a small study, researchers have found that…

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Riot Teams Up With MIT To Investigate.. Uh.. Teams

Riot are teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their research into player behaviour and teamwork. This time they're looking to explore "the ability of a team to perform a wide range of collaborative tasks" and want your help. Posting on the League of Legends forums, Jeffrey Lin (lead designer of social systems) explained a little more about what will…

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Feature: For Science

Study Shows No Harmful Impact From Gaming On Children

A paper published this year (pdf) by the University Of Glasgow (and only just spotted by us and everyone else) looked at whether playing videogames at 5 years old brought about any behavioural changes by the time the subjects were 7. And found there none. In fact, it found that while they could measure an extremely small difference when it came to more time spent…

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Feature: Sequencing genomes for fun.

Playing Games For The Good Of Humanity, With Phylo

Hopefully you remember FoldIt, the protein manipulating game that instantly solved years-old biological puzzles. It's probably the most well known example of a crowd-sourced citizen science project that had immediately remarkable success. It's in this same field that Phylo exists - a game designed to sequence genomes, while the player is enjoying some fairly familiar match-3-style colour matching. I spoke to designer Jerome Waldispuhl, Assistant…

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MANFACE: Perfecting CG Spotty Skin

The battle of Uncanny Valley is where CGI finally triumphed over reality: pixels stood proudly over humans showing off their parametrization maps and tone mapping that accurately depicted the imperfection of human skin and declared victory over reality. The first shot in the war fired when researcher Jorge Jimenez released this work on real-time realistic skin rendering, showing off the difference SSSS (Sexy Separable Subsurface…

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Feature: For Science!

Fantasy And Reality: Can Gamers Tell?

Did you know that you can't tell reality from fantasy? No, I'm not a twenty-foot dragon from Saturn, silly! I'm a human. But you can't tell. I know this because the Metro told me so. According to the free rag, Nottingham Trent university researchers have revealed that gamers get so immersed in fantasy that they are unable to distinguish the real world. So this must…

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Feature: Gaming Used To Study Proteins

PC Gamers Save The World, A Bit

Perhaps you're not familiar with the search for the molecular structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus found in rhesus monkeys. But groups of scientists have been trying to fathom this mystery for years. And it's just been cracked by PC gamers. Why is this exciting? Because it's believed that this information could be crucial to better figuring out how the AIDS virus…

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