The gender demographics for gaming console owners in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center study, break down as follows: 42% of women in the USA own consoles, and 37% of men do.Read More
This Gaming Journalist Fights Back Against The Trolls Who Threatened Her By Contacting Their Mothers
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One video games journalist has found a rather clever way of calling out the harassers who find their way to her social media accounts. She goes to their families. She goes to their moms.Read More
Unless you think it's about fake Farmville accounts. Then you nailed it.
Well, technically it's real, but it's not some kind of dystopian crackdown on people who play video games participating in society. Images floating around of an option to report accounts for being "gamers" haven't been doctored, but don't take them out of context.Read More
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Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions. (via /Film)Read More
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It's always great to see celebrations of girl gamers as a way of creating awareness that they do, indeed, exist. It's also a great and productive thing for retail outlets to offer discounts and run promotions with the promise of donating some of the proceeds to a charity that benefits women or women's health. However, one such charity has been in the news lately and suffered a major blow to their good name, and more and more bad news continues to reach the masses, strongly indicating that this once reputable and celebrated women's charity has developed some interests that contradict serving women's health. No, not the Girl Scouts. We're talking about Susan G. Komen For the Cure. And we're confused as to why, after all that news that happened, anyone -- in this case, Evil Controllers -- would run a promotion celebrating women but benefiting an organization that seems to have put personal politics before women. Guys, haven't you been on the internet? Or watched TV? This just happened in the last week and a half!Read More
A new study by University of Ottawa researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput shows that, apparently, teenagers who spend an hour gaming typically eat more afterwards than teenagers who spend an hour performing a similarly sedentary activity. The study involved plopping teenagers in front of a game console --no word on what they had them play-- and then giving them an open buffet afterwards. The control group did some other, sedentary, mundane activity and were also awarded with an open buffet. I haven't finished this article yet, but I can already tell you that, regrettably, there is no open buffet waiting for me when I finish. What the study found is that the teenagers who were playing games eat, on average, 163 calories more than the teenagers who were doing something else. On top of that, the gamers didn't actually burn any more calories than the control group, so the increased calorie intake wasn't replace the energy spent on all that thumb movement or anything. There were also no biological indicators of stress in these gamers, so that couldn't explain it either. No stress? Seriously, I want to know what they were playing.Read More
Playing Ghost Squad, this very dedicated gamer was seen in Bang Kapi Mall in Bangkok, Thailand, mimicking each move his character makes on screen, even ducking down below the arcade unit when his character ducks for cover, rising from the unit's cover at the same time his character does. Not only does he fake reload his fake gun when his character reloads, but he is also wearing camo pants.
Hey, Dance Dance Revolution players who dance without watching the screen, you now have some competition.Read More
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A new study from the University of Rochester in New York, that will be published in the upcoming journal Current Biology, has proven something most gamers know, but other people may not: gamers make equally accurate decisions faster than non-gamers.
The study focused mainly on action games, most likely because that genre of gaming consists of the quickest stimuli and results in the most negative outcome (usually death), finding that gamers develop a higher sensitivity to their surroundings compared to non-gamers. The authors of the study say gamers' fast decision-making comes from gamers having a faster probabilistic inference, which is the process by which the brain forms and refines probabilities, due to the nature of the stimuli in their games.Read More
Leonardo DiCaprio should have done some serious gaming in preparation for his role in the upcoming dream-infiltration flick Inception. According to a recent study be Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada, people who play video games on a regular basis are more likely to achieve lucidity in dreams. But the gamer can only control as much as he or she could control in an actual game. Gackenbach found that gamers could for the most part only take control of themselves, guiding themselves through a world they had no conscious role in constructing. A later study then found that gamers were also less intimidated by nightmares, and would often fight back against the fear.Read More