Hey, Gamers - 'Amazon-Bombing' Probably Isn't the Best Way to Voice Your...

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When author and psychiatrist Carole Lieberman told Fox News that playing out sexual situations in video games could lead to an increase in violent sexual acts such as rape carried out in the real world, gamers understandably freaked. Like an overprotective parent guarding their doe-eyed offspring (even if he or she does have a slingshot tucked away in their back pocket), the...

Duh: Video Games Not Mindless, Says Research

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If you play first-person shooters and other action video games, you'll probably nod your head a lot while reading about this recent University of Rochester research: Daphne Bavelier, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences, conducted more than 20 studies on young people and gaming, and concluded that "action video games are far from mindless."

Abstinence, the Video Game. No, Seriously.

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Can a video game prevent teens from having sex? I don't know, but I have my doubts about University of Central Florida's crazy motion capture game that's supposed to promote abstinence. According to Fox News Orlando, Female students selected from after-school programs will slip on MoCap suits and play a simulation, in which they might be asked to make out or confront sexual innuendo. Here's the...

Got Pain? Play Some Video Games

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Your headaches, backaches and bellyaches could be gone with a nice, long session of binge video gaming, according to a report in the Times of India. A couple of scientists are noted for studying the issue, but neither of them knows exactly why video games have an analgesic effect. All they can say is that a deeply immersing video game makes the pain go away. Jeffrey I. Gold, associate professor...

Study: Sleep After Video Games is No Problem

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Contrary to popular belief, a study found that playing video games before bed doesn't really affect teens' ability to fall asleep. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (via the BBC), had teens spend 50 minutes playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare while tucked into bed, then timed how long it took them to fall asleep. Then, a week later, researchers measured time until...

Video Games: Now Bad For Your Teeth

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From the fascinating world of loosely correlated video game studies comes word that computer games can be bad for your teeth, provided you're binging on sugary snacks while you play. Yes, this is one of those stories where one factor doesn't necessarily have to do with the other, but makes a great headline (see: video games and rickets). According to a study by Jordan Poss at the University of...

A Key to Better Gaming: Make Time Fly

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Time-based games tend to weigh on my psyche and stress me out, but some new research suggests that I'd actually have more fun if the clock ticked faster. Psychologist Jamie Madigan at GameSetWatch explains two studies from the University of Chicago on how people perceive time, and how that might affect video games. The gist? When people see time elapse quickly on a clock, they think of the old...

US Navy: Gamers Make Better Terrorist Fighters

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Studies underway by the Office of Naval Research found that video game players are better-equipped to fight the war on terror, for all the reasons you'd expect. Games help adults process information quickly and solve problems on the fly -- valuable tools when you're at war. Compared to people who don't play video games, gamers performed 10 percent to 20 percent better on perceptual and cognitive...

Study: Tetris Makes You Smarter, More Coordinated

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Here's a confession: I did horribly in high school trigonometry, because instead of paying attention, I played Tetris on my TI-83 graphing calculator. A new study suggests that might've been a wise move, because playing Tetris could make you smarter and more coordinated. Mind Research Network found that the game can evoke "positive changes in our brains," notably in the areas of critical...