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May 03 // Taylor Stein

From insult to identity: What exactly is a nerd?

Following a swift completion of BioShock Infinite's 1999 mode last week, I was hit with a particularly potent wave of boredom. Quelling the bubbling cauldron of monotony was easy while skating through the battle-torn dystopia...
Apr 24 // Taylor Stein

What BioShock Infinite could have been

Almost a month after its release, BioShock Infinite is still on my mind, but not for the reasons you might suspect. If you grow tired of seeing the game plastered on just about every gaming website, magazine, and TV comm...
Apr 20 // Taylor Stein

Dungeons & Dragons destroys peoples lives

Crazy alert: radical TV preacher Pat Robertson is at it again. In a new video aimed at warning the world of hidden evils, Robertson asserts that Dungeons & Dragons is a "demonic" videogame. In previous discussions throug...
Apr 16 // Taylor Stein

Summer game design programs increase in popularity

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...
Apr 15 // Taylor Stein

Kinect used to diagnose depression

While typically functioning as a vehicle of entertainment, Microsoft's Kinect has proven to be a useful tool in the arena of medicine. Rather than solely relying upon the observations of psychologists to determine whether or ...
Apr 03 // Taylor Stein

Denied the chance to steal, people turn to violent games

A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University explores the relationship between criminality, frustration, and violent videogames, reports Science Daily. Based on a series of experiments, Brad Bushman and his c...
Apr 02 // Taylor Stein

New game helps improve navigational skills for the blind

In a cooperative effort between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, researchers have produced a new way to help the blind get around better: videogames. You may be scratching your head, as the ...
Mar 29 // Taylor Stein

From animal lover to virtual hunter

From a crouched position you move toward a jungle clearing. Left foot, then right foot; each step demonstrates restraint in the highest degree. A breeze travels through the overgrown leaves, causing the foliage to dance all a...
Mar 20 // Taylor Stein

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...
Mar 20 // Taylor Stein

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...
Mar 11 // Taylor Stein

Lara Croft is more than a survivor

For the past 48 hours, I have been completely enthralled in the world of Tomb Raider. Explosions, gun-fights, stealthy takedowns, weapon upgrading, and shooting defenseless bunnies has characterized my adventure, one that has...
Mar 10 // Taylor Stein

My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day

Gamers are a diverse breed. From PC aficionados and console fanatics, to retro devotees and casual admirers, there is no one-size-fits-all model of videogame hobbyist. Though we possess many differences, like game preferences...
Mar 04 // Taylor Stein

Ten psychedelic freakouts and hallucinations in games

Have you ever heard the saying, we're all a little bit crazy? I don't know about you, but "a little bit" might be an understatement, especially within the world of videogames. While virtual protagonists often reflect the abso...
Feb 28 // Taylor Stein

Play videogames with a gesture control armband

Controllers and keyboards are standard tools in every gamer's repertoire, but what if I told you that a high-tech armband could be the next step in control interface evolution? Built by Canadian start-up firm Thalmic Labs, th...
Feb 26 // Taylor Stein

The power of videogames can bring the family together

Not every hobby is created equally nor is every pastime equally respected. As a gaming enthusiast, videogames represent the epitome of entertainment in my eyes. They alone reign atop my personal pedestal of happiness, a speci...
Feb 20 // Taylor Stein

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...
Feb 18 // Taylor Stein

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 ...
Feb 18 // Taylor Stein

Co-op and horror don't work together in Dead Space 3

The room is dark, cold, and unusually calm. The once bare walkways are now riddled with blood and severed limbs. In the distance, a faint hum can be heard echoing throughout the metal encampment. Its repetition is a solid rem...
Feb 14 // Taylor Stein

Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances

Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine's Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a sol...
Feb 13 // Taylor Stein

Top five ways for a gaming couple to bond

Taylor is an avid gamer, sushi lover, and overall nerd. After founding two gaming-related sites of her own, she went on to intern with G4, and can now be found across the interwebs writing about videogames of all kinds. At le...

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