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Posts tagged “Science”

EVE Online’s Project Discovery to help find real planets

It seems everything has science in it these days. You can't even enjoy the simple pleasure of eating an apple without some Frankenstein telling you that actually, apples are made of science. Get back to your chalkboard, nerd. Even space isn't safe from science! Spaceship MMO EVE Online [official site] is bringing back its "citizen science" scheme Project Discovery, this time using real astronomical data…

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Tricone Lab Combines Puzzles With Hard Science

I was terrible at science at school so it's just as well games like Tricone Lab [official site] exist. It's a puzzle game in which you "interact with the elements of a microscopic organism" en route to solving what it throws at you. As intimidating as this may sound, success hinges on the simple principles of thinking logically and how well you're able to grasp…

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American Psychological Association Continues Bad Science Relating To Video Game Violence

Edit: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the open letter was in response to the APA's latest publication. It has been updated to be more accurate. Despite a coherent effort by academics to stand up to the bad science about video games being spread by the American Pyschological Association, they have released another study making all the same mistakes. Unfortunately, the APA…

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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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The Lies That Bind Us: The Mainstream Media And Gaming

In the wake of the terrible shootings in Washington on Monday, today's Mirror front page looks like this. Call Of Duty blamed. And the paper is certainly not alone. Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago we were hearing how gaming improves multitasking skills, keeping our "brains younger". Except last week we were told that multitasking is bad for us, and "computers weaken our brain". However…

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Summer of Science: The Royal Society Game Jam

For someone like me, a history buff who hasn't done anything scientific since setting fire to his school tie with a Bunsen burner, the Royal Society is pretty much a mythological institution. Its presidents have included Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton, and the current holder of the position, Paul Nurse, is both a Nobel Prize winning geneticist and a believer in strong public…

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Study Finds Violent Games Reduce Violence – Hmmmm

Polygon reports news of a study mentioned in the New York Times that says it demonstrates the rise in sales of violent videogames does not cause a spike in the rates of violent youth crime. In fact, they say, it may even lower it. Hurrah! you might cry. But let's stop and do some science.

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First-Person Shooters Are Oddly Good For The 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…

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The Real Science Of Waking Mars

Waking Mars is pretty special game. Part-Metroidvania, part-Mars-gardening-simulator, it's certainly not Just Another iOS Port. As Rab pointed out, it's got enough ambition to make countless triple-A sequels blush, resulting in complexity that punishes impatience, but never without reason. But where did it come from? How on Earth does one dream up Mars gardening? According to Tiger Style's Randy Smith, it all started with National…

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Nature’s Neuroscientific Review Of Games

The presence of videogaming matters in scientific papers has, of late, become a somewhat depressing prospect. With both formerly respectable/respected scientists making unsupported claims without evidence, and published papers basing conclusions on woeful errors and contradictions, the one place where you'd think you could look for balanced, reasoned thought on a subject sometimes seems to have abandoned us. But there is light. Nature, surely the…

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Top Scientist Addles Brain, Warns Gamer

The Sun, yesterday: COMPUTER games and Facebook can addle kids' brains, a top scientist warned yesterday. Baroness Greenfield said they may lead to temporary "dementia". It'd be great to think this was just the tabloid rag taking Greenfield's words out of context, but sadly she has a record of saying unfounded things about the "negative" impact of technology. Not that I deny that kids should…

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Academic Studies Of Violence Cause Violence

There's some wobbly reporting going on today, with yet another study claiming to demonstrate a link between a young person's viewing violence, and being more tolerant of violence. Which is discussed as being about videogames. Which is a peculiar way of viewing a study that shows images from films to 22 teenagers, and demonstrates that as the clips progress their brain reacts less intensely, and…

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Peggle Is Good For You

The real purpose of press releases is to issue outrageous statements to as many journalists as possible in the hope they'll namecheck you when they inevitably repeat it. And hey, it works. Popcap send me a release saying stuff like "Bejeweled 2 and Peggle were shown to reduce anger by 65% and 63% respectively" - of course I'm going to post that. It's all part…

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