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12:15 PM on 04.15.2013

BioShock Infinite vs. quantum mechanics

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...

Darren Nakamura

8:30 PM on 03.24.2013

Open-world sandbox Planet Explorers gets a Kickstarter

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...

Fraser Brown

9:00 PM on 03.20.2013

Study: Playing videogames improves visual skills

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...

Taylor Stein

6:15 PM on 03.20.2013

Play videogames for an hour a day to enhance cognition

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...

Taylor Stein

8:00 PM on 03.06.2013

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

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...

Fraser Brown

8:00 PM on 03.01.2013

Study shows videogames can help create better surgeons

This isn't the first time that a scientific study has come up demonstrating the benefits that videogames can have on budding surgeons, and it surely won't be the last. It makes sense: spend time developing hand-eye coordinati...

Darren Nakamura





2:00 AM on 02.20.2013

Study: Gamers have more control over their dreams

Why do we dream? Amongst the foggy midst of hearsay, medical expertise, and decades of research, the simple answer is, we have no idea. One thing we can all agree on is that dreams are weird. Why my brain transported me to...

Taylor Stein

8:15 PM on 02.18.2013

Goodbye rumble controller, hello electric shock

The next stage of videogame evolution might take place where you least expect it: within your body. A team of German researchers have deviated from the traditional rumble-controller formula, instead embracing an entirely new ...

Taylor Stein

6:00 AM on 02.15.2013

Another study shows that gaming has a sexist problem

Slowly but surely the academic evidence is building up. A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio University has found that women playing multiplayer on Halo 3 receive three times as much abuse as men. Confirming what i...

Stephen Beirne

3:00 AM on 02.08.2013

Does Missingno exist!? Mega64 will solve this mystery!

Pokémon's elusive Missingno! Where is it? What is it? Is it based on a real-life animal? Are there any other undiscovered creatures in the wild as mysterious and incredible as Missingno? The VG Fact Checkerz take to t...

Tony Ponce

7:00 AM on 01.23.2013

Real-life Mario Kart with REAL WORKING ITEMS OH SNAP

Yeah, we've all seen so-called "real-life Mario Kart" before, but always as a parody rather than a legitimate adaptation of the game mechanics in a physical setting. But wait around long enough and the magic of SCIENCE will ...

Tony Ponce

12:30 PM on 01.22.2013

Famitsu poll: PS Vita is Japan's most desired console

According to a poll by videogame magazine Famitsu, Sony's ailing PlayStation Vita is the most desired console in Japan.  The survey found that 64% of respondents wanted a PlayStation Vita. The second most desired system ...

Jim Sterling



Review: A New Beginning: Final Cut photo
Review: A New Beginning: Final Cut
by Fraser Brown

I've just saved the planet, and I couldn't be less enthused about it. A New Beginning is a self-styled eco-thriller with a spot of time travel and science fiction thrown in for good measure. It launched in Europe a couple of years ago, but more recently it received the translation treatment and was added to Steam in the form of a new version, Final Cut. 

This final version doesn't exactly live up to the name, unfortunately, and clearly needed a lot more work. 2012 was a pretty wonderful year for the adventure genre, and this only makes the title's glaring flaws all the more obvious and hard to swallow. There are occasional bright spots to be found within it, however, though it's unlikely they will help anyone to overlook the numerous faults.

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10:00 PM on 11.08.2012

LA Game Space to unite art and research under one roof

The goal of the Attract Mode gaming collective is to spread videogame culture and awareness by selling handmade gear, hosting art galleries / festivals, and other such events. Two key members of the group -- Attract Mode co-...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 09.25.2012

Not a baby's toy! NES Zapper turned into a lethal laser

Do you know why science is awesome? Because there's always gotta be that one cat who looks at something that's already pretty pimp and declares, "No, not pimp enough." So he goes into his lab -- undoubtedly stocked with beak...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 08.13.2012

Study names GameStop the 10th worst workplace in America

Glassdoor, an analyst firm that lets employees rate their employers, has published study results labeling GameStop the tenth worst place to work in America. Of course, anybody who has ever been in one can report on the dead, ...

Jim Sterling