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Streaming

The life cycle of the rare video game streamer discovered


They eat their young and grow antlers
May 20
Streamers are a bit of a strange lot, with their "Kappas", raidings, and being sociable to strangers… I don’t really get it, and I've streamed for years.  However, their mysterious world may have just been o... read
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Socially Awkward Gamer

Videogames, porn, and seclusion: The downfall of men?


Do you know how to talk to women?
May 13
Phillip Zimbardo, a leading psychologist at Stanford University, has warned that men are facing a "crisis of masculinity" because of porn and videogame addiction. A study of 20,000 young men's gaming and porn habits was condu... read
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Ion Kickstarter

Ion implements an old idea I had for a chemistry card game


This is what I get for procrastinating
Apr 14
I have to applaud Genius Games. I've had the idea for a card game based on ionic bonding kicking around in my head for years now, always with the thought that I could develop it and set up on Kickstarter for publishing. True... read
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Health and gaming

MusicGlove helps stroke victims recover by playing a Guitar Hero-style game


Way more practical than the Power Glove
Mar 29
Some smart people over at a company called Flint Rehabilitation Devices recognized the potential of videogames and developed the MusicGlove, which helps stroke victims recover the use of their hands by moving their fingers i... read
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Virtual nose in VR

Having trouble with VR nausea? Just follow your nose!


Snap, crackle, barf
Mar 26
With more people trying out virtual reality headsets these days, an increasingly common issue is motion sickness brought on when visual information and motion don't match up. For simulators that involve walking, it can confus... read
Assassin's Creed science photo
Assassin's Creed science

Scientists: Don't jump off buildings into haystacks like an assassin


'If the jumper is willing to suffer severe injuries...'
Feb 25
Everybody knows that people who play videogames are impressionable. After playing Pac-Man, we invariably binge eat. After a session with Call of Duty, we all joined the military. But science says that maybe we shouldn't do ev... read
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Space Time!

New PBS Digital show Space Time! asks what planet Super Mario World takes place on


Nothing in our solar system
Feb 11
I always enjoy PBS Digital's Game/Show as a source for smart commentary on the culture surrounding games. The whole videogame thing must be good for views, because the first episode of newest show Space Time! is all abo... read
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Evolution review

Board Game Review: Evolution


A natural selection
Jan 01
[Note: We've been known to do board game reviews from time to time, and although this one isn't exactly based on E.V.O.: Search for Eden on the SNES, it's close enough. Happy New Year! --Chris Carter] Two things that def... read
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Particulars

Particulars explores the subatomic world next month


Set to release on November 19
Oct 28
I always appreciate seeing science represented in games, outside of the typical "heroes need to clean up the mess these mad scientists made" trope. Videogames can be so powerful as tools for learning, and that potential is s... read
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Transmission

Play free puzzler Transmission and maybe learn a little


Made for London's Science Museum
Oct 28
At first, Transmission looks like a pretty standard Eulerian path-based puzzle game. That is not a bad thing; I was pretty hooked on Lyne for a while. But as Transmission progresses, it follows the history of electronic commu... read
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Come for the control of a rover on an alien planet, stay for the [REDACTED]
When I was talking to one of the developers of Extrasolar on the show floor at PAX East, I said something that I now regret. "This looks like something I would really like, but might not appeal to a ton of other people." He r... read feature

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'We start in a very familiar place based on actual science... and kind of just [go] wild'
To take a brief aside from videogames: are you watching Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey? If not, you should be, especially if you are not particularly scientifically literate. It is filled with a lot of important information abou... read feature

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One does not simply walk into South Park
So, where were you when South Park: The Stick of Truth was announced? This was all the way back in 2011, around the time another certain RPG title was on the minds of players. It was certainly a surprising reveal, don't you t... read feature

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Oculus Rift gender swap

Oculus Rift used for gender swap experience (NSFW)


Trick your brain into thinking it is in a different body
Jan 22
The Oculus Rift is impressive technology, and it has sparked interest in virtual reality at levels not seen since the 1990s. Still, despite the improved latency in head tracking and the improved field of view, one thing that ... read
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Artificial muscle brings a new kind of rumble
You know how controller rumble works right now, don't you? In most controllers you'll find a couple of motors that spin weights. These spin up when you're supposed to feel the rumble effect, and then begin spinning down when ... read feature

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Mecanika

Mecanika wants to teach Newtonian mechanics with robots


Robots in motion tend to stay in motion; robots at rest tend to stay at rest
Sep 09
As somebody who has had ideas for using games as tools for education, things like Mecanika are particularly interesting to me. Though physics has become more prominent in games as time has passed, developer CREO wants to uti... read
Oculus Rift goes to Mars photo
Oculus Rift goes to Mars

Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni used in virtual walk on Mars


Where do I sign up?
Aug 06
If the slew of recent and upcoming games on the red planet are any indication, there is a significant amount of interest in exploring Earth's second-closest neighbor. Nobody knows this better than the engineers at NASA's Jet... read
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Take On Mars

Take On Mars lands on Steam Early Access


Take Mars on! I'll be gone, in 1.026 daaaaaays!
Aug 01
Last month, we heard that Bohemia Interactive's Mars exploration simulation Take On Mars would be coming to Steam Early Access today. They were not lying; it is now available to purchase for $12.99 on Steam. The player acts ... read
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Hadron's Forge

Hadron's Forge features asteroid mining, real elements


Check for updates Periodically
Jul 31
Minecraft in space isn't exactly an original idea. StarForge showed up last year with impressive technology to back up that basic conceit and a greater focus on combat. Hadron's Forge starts with some of the same ideas: coll... read
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By eliminating the used market AND dropping prices, publishers could profit
With all this hubbub over used games and whether eliminating them would be good or bad for the overall industry, it was only a matter of time before SCIENCE was brought in to drop some truth bombs. Professors Masakazu Ishihar... read feature

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Promoted from our Community Blogs!
[Peter Salinas -- one of the social scientists working at Nerd Kingdom -- hit up our Community Blogs recently to share a bit about the thought process behind their new game TUG. Pretty neat stuff! For more information on the... read feature

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Study claims piracy isn't as bad as publishers tell you


Shocker, the ESA cannot be trusted!
May 16
The Electronic Software Association will tell you piracy is so bad, 10 million nefarious downloads of 200 games can happen in a single month. According to an independent study, the ESA might be overestimating by a c... read
TUG Kickstarter photo
TUG Kickstarter

Kickstarter game TUG wants to create worlds


Exploration, discovery, crafting, survival, role-playing, adventure, and science
May 02
We've covered a lot of Kickstarter projects recently on Destructoid, but none in recent memory have been quite as ambitious as Nerd Kingdom's TUG. The single sentence description that has been bandied about is "it's like Min... read
Science photo
Science

First-person shooters linked with better working memory


"Did he fire six shots or only five?"
Apr 27
Dr. Lorenza Colzato at the Leiden University has headed up a study on working memory among gamers and non-gamers. The results were published Psychological Research, and the team put together the video above to spread the wor... read
Tetris photo
Tetris

Tetris could fix your lazy eye


Hey, I'm over here
Apr 23
BBC News says that 1 in 50 children have a lazy eye, and that Tetris could help to fix their weak eyes. Doctors at McGill University has research that shows that playing the greatest block dropping game of all time ... read
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STEM Video Game Challenge

STEM Video Game Challenge at the White House Science Fair


Leaders acknowledge the good that videogame development can do
Apr 22
For the second year now, the White House Science Fair has invited National STEM Video Game Challenge participants in its effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among American youth.... read
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Videogame camp

Summer game design programs increase in popularity


When did camp become so cool?
Apr 16
New data put forth by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows a promising increase in the availability and popularity of videogame design programs within U.S. summer camps. With more than 100 camps and 690 programs... read
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Science of BioShock

BioShock Infinite vs. quantum mechanics


Schrödinger's cat: dies, died, will die
Apr 15
First off, there are major BioShock Infinite spoilers in the above video. Don't watch it if you haven't finished the game. While playing through BioShock Infinite, I wondered how well researched the science was behind some o... read
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Planet Explorers

Open-world sandbox Planet Explorers gets a Kickstarter


And it continues to be my dream game
Mar 24
I'm an explorer at heart. I derive a vast amount of pleasure from wandering around game-spaces, experimenting with mechanics, and generally seeing what trouble I can get into and hopefully get out of. Some of my fondest memo... read
Science and gaming photo
Science and gaming

Study: Playing videogames improves visual skills


So they don't rot your brain after all
Mar 20
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto has found another positive effect that videogames have on players, an improvement of visual searching skills. Based on a set of experiments led by Sijing Wu, a PhD... read
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Brain training

Play videogames for an hour a day to enhance cognition


Train your brain with games
Mar 20
According to Adam Chie-Ming Oei and Michael Donald Patterson of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, playing videogames for just an hour each day can improve performance on subsequent cognitive tasks. Good news cons... read
Torment setting photo
Torment setting

Torment: Tides of Numenera: A billion years in the making


It certainly feels like I've been waiting this long
Mar 06
With the ridiculously speedy success of inXile's Kickstarter for Torment: Tides of Numenera, it's only a matter of time until we'll be diving into the role of the Last Cast-off, the title's protagonist. I got up to speed on w... read






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