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Project Discovery

EVE Online's real-world science project is going unprecedentedly well

Earlier this year, CCP Games, Massively Multiplayer Online Science, and Reykjavik University jointly announced Project Discovery. The program is ostensibly an EVE Online mini-game that presents players with images of protein patterns w...   read

 
 
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EVE Online

EVE Online has its players doing some real science for the good of the world

CCP is giving EVE Online players a chance to take off their space pilot hats and put on their space scientist hats. The Iceland-based developer has introduced a new mini-game to EVE Online that both rewards players and takes a cra...   read

 
 
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Sports

Playing sports video games increases the risk of playing real sports

Most gamers scoff at the suggestion that video games can influence real life behavior. "I've been playing violent video games my whole life and I turned out all right!" we say, citing anecdotal evidence as fact. Well, sorry to say, a new st...   read

 
 
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Charizard science

Charmander is objectively the most powerful generation one starter Pokemon

It has been known for 20 years now: Charmander is the right choice. For one, its tail is on fire. For two, it's a lizard, which is better than a turtle or a whatever Bulbasaur is supposed to be (some sort of gremlin, probably). For three, i...   read

 
 
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Gamer stigma?

Study: Half of American adults play video games, 10% call themselves gamers

A new study by Pew Research Center presents data on American adults' views of video games, their impact, and the term gamer. The study found that while 49 percent of all American adults play video games, only 10 percent of those identify th...   read

 
 
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None of which date me

Survey: More women own a video game console in the US than men

Would you believe me if I told you that more women own a home video game console in the United States than men? According to Pew Research Center's study of 1,907 adults ages 18 and older, that is indeed the case. As you can see from the re...   read

 
 
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Science

Study argues that some games improve cognitive functioning

Usually when science and video games meet, it’s to do the billionth study on whether or not they cause violence. Every time, a lot of money is spent to find out that no, video games probably don’t cause violence, and then six mo...   read

 
 
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Placebo effect

Don't Starve used to demonstrate placebo effect in games

The placebo effect is a well-known psychological concept wherein performance and results can be altered when a subject believes conditions are different even when they aren't. Classically, placebos are given in medicinal studies in order to...   read

 
 
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Sublevel Zero

Sublevel Zero mixes sci-fi space shooters with roguelike challenges

One of the great aspects of this reawakening of the roguelike sub-genre is seeing the systems in place in genres that you'd least expect. For those unaware, roguelike is a sub-genre that features hardcore-focused RPG systems that offer deep...   read

 
 
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MEG 9
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MEG 9: Lost Echoes offers a surprisingly existential take on sci-fi exploration

When it comes to games with sci-fi settings, the thing that usually excites me is the locations you'll be able to visit. Often times, you'll be blasting foes on other planets throughout the solar system, or invading enemy motherships. But s...   read

 
 


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Men vs Women in Halo 3

Study: Men who suck at Halo are more likely to treat women poorly online

A new study's findings show that men who perform worse at Halo 3 treat their perceived female teammates worse than their male teammates.  The researchers observed 163 games of Halo 3 with 82 of the games having a female voice...   read

 
 
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Horny teenagers agree

'We want more female heroes and fewer sex objects,' say teenage boys

[Update 2: Some people have questioned the methods of the survey to which this response has been given by the surveyors:  "Wiseman reached out through Twitter and Facebook because that’s where her colleagues in the education...   read

 
 
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Real gamer girl

Study: Women motivated to play violent video games to feel more attractive

A study on the use of violent video games shows that women felt motivated to play violent games in part because doing so made them feel more attractive to a partner. "What we found was that desire for sex was correlated with their violent ...   read

 
 
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Streaming

The life cycle of the rare video game streamer discovered

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 opened up, as Te...   read

 
 
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Socially Awkward Gamer
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Videogames, porn, and seclusion: The downfall of men?

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 conducted by Zimbard...   read

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

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 to my nature, ...   read

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

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 in rhythm to a g...   read

 
 
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Virtual nose in VR

Having trouble with VR nausea? Just follow your nose!

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 confuse a participant...   read

 
 
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Assassin's Creed science

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

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 everything we see...   read

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

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 about Mario's jump...   read

 
 
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Evolution review
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Board Game Review: Evolution

[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 define my tastes m...   read

 
 
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Particulars
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Particulars explores the subatomic world next month

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 still largely un...   read

 
 
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Transmission

Play free puzzler Transmission and maybe learn a little

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 communication, and i...   read

 
 
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Extrasolar
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Extrasolar does exoplanet exploration, but it is more than meets the eye

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 responded gracef...   read

 
 
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Civilization Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth designers inspired by Cosmos

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 about how the Unive...   read

 
 
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Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strateg...

 


 


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