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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

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

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

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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South Park

Preview: South Park: The Stick of Truth is ambitious

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 think? A brand n...   read

 
 
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Oculus Rift gender swap

Oculus Rift used for gender swap experience (NSFW)

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 is still holdin...   read

 
 
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ViviTouch: The future of feedback

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 the effect is s...   read

 
 
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Mecanika
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Mecanika wants to teach Newtonian mechanics with robots

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 utilize realistic ...   read

 
 
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Oculus Rift goes to Mars
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Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni used in virtual walk on Mars

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 Propulsion Lab...   read

 
 
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Take On Mars
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Take On Mars lands on Steam Early Access

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 from ground con...   read

 
 
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Hadron's Forge
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Hadron's Forge features asteroid mining, real elements

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: collect minerals, b...   read

 
 
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Used games

Using SCIENCE to learn the effects of killing used games

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 Ishihara (New York Uni...   read

 
 
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TUG: About my Kickstarter & the need for science in games

[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 game, check ou...   read

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

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 considerable mar...   read

 
 
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TUG Kickstarter
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Kickstarter game TUG wants to create worlds

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 Minecraft with bet...   read

 
 
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First-person shooters linked with better working memory

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 word. Perhaps unsu...   read

 
 


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