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Google and Snapchat team up on geofilter coding contest for teens

Snapchat is teaming up with Google's Made With Code initiative to try and encourage teenagers to get into computer science. Teens aged 13 - 18 can build a Snapchatgeofilter with Google's Blockly coding system for kids, then submit it to win a trip to the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans and …

Osmo 'Mindracers' puts real Hot Wheels on crazy virtual tracks

Hot Wheels will be celebrating its 50th anniversary soon, and even in an era when kids spend a lot of time on smartphones and tablets, they also still play with little die-cast metal vehicles on plastic orange track. But the venerable toy car brand can also be found on handheld devices, making its …

The Company That Wants To Replace Textbooks With Video Games

On any given day, CEO André Thomas arrives at his company Triseum’s office in Bryan, Texas at nine in the morning. While this is when Thomas gets in, …

Pokemon Go can 'significantly' lower stress, study says

Maybe you shouldn't have given it up after all.<p>Remember that month you played Pokemon Go last year? It turns out that was a habit you would have done well to keep up with.<p>The journey to catch 'em all in Niantic's augmented reality game helps reduce your stress levels and could have "positive …

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Depression simulator 'Please Knock' arrives September 7th

<i>Please Knock on My Door</i>is a conversation about depression via video game. Developer Michael Levall created the indie title about his own experiences with depression and the mind-numbing routine of making games. "Every single thing in the game that you get to go through or read through or whatever …

Case Closed: Violent Video Games Don't Cause Violent Behavior

Play On: Violent Video Games Don’t Make You Violent<p>Hey, remember when GTA or any of its sequels came out, and like clockwork a parade of angry moms …

New Service Builds Gaming PCs Based On The Games You Want To Play

BLD is a new service from computer hardware maker NZXT that simplifies the process of buying a new gaming PC. Customers select the games they want to …

It's not just young men — everyone's playing a lot more video games

The amount of time Americans spend playing video games and board games has risen by 50 percent since 2003, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The typical American now spends more time playing games than volunteering, going to social events or going to church.<p>The numbers come …

Game academic Richard Bartle investigates why players quit games

Richard Bartle became famous in game circles in the 1990s when he identified the four basic players in online games: killers, socializers, achievers, and explorers. Those categories held up extraordinarily well, and it helped game developers design their games with those four audiences in mind.<p>Now, …

Gaming Industry

How video games helped me bond with my kids — and become a better father

I have four kids, and I've played video games with every one of them. It's given me a way to bond with each of them in a unique way. Thanks to video …

E3 2017: All the trailers from Xbox’s conference

From Crackdown 3 to Metro Exodus<p>The biggest moment from the Xbox press conference was undoubtedly the confirmation that Xbox One X, the company’s new console, would be released on Nov. 7 for $499.<p>The Xbox One X isn’t just the most powerful, as toted by Microsoft during its conference, but it’s also …

Playing two hours of video games a week makes you more employable, Glasgow academics find

Playing two hours of video games a week could make you more employable, a study has found.<p>The Glasgow University research suggests that playing games such as Minecraft and Lara Croft can help young people to develop key skills.<p>Matt Barr, a lecturer in Information Studies, said his findings suggest …

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Curious Kids: Why do adults think video games are bad?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to</i> …

Are video games addictive like drugs, gambling? Some who've struggled say yes

Adam set his alarm for 3 a.m., when he knew his parents would be fast asleep. He crept downstairs to the family's unfinished basement, and there, undetected in the early morning darkness, the Barrington teen fed his habit — a furtive ritual he repeated several times a day.<p>It wasn't drugs, gambling …

Video Games Are Good For Your Brain [Infographic]

In 2015 at the University of California, Irvine, a study was made to test the effects of playing video games on a part of our brains called the hippocampus, which is part of the limbic system and helps spatial memory and the transition of information from short-term memory to long-term memory. The …

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Video Games Are Better Than Sex for Relieving Stress: Study

Researchers at the University College London found that video gaming is one the most popular and effective ways for men to relieve stress. For most …

Playing Video Games To Help Science, Research, Education, And For Fun

Computer gaming is now a regular part of life for many people. Beyond just being entertaining, though, it can be a very useful tool in education and …

Children and video games: a parent's guide

For me, parenting often feels like endlessly having to say no. No, we can’t have Kinder Eggs for breakfast. No, we can’t buy a horse. No, it doesn’t matter that you only met her once, you still can’t wear swimming trunks to Auntie Ethel’s funeral. Although that last one was my husband.<p>Now my eldest …

Kids

I'm convinced playing games on my phone has made me less stressed — and there's research to back it up

My mind was playing its own version of Connect the Dots — chaining together negative thoughts and bringing back past painful memories.<p>To combat my state of gloom, I tried a few "calming" activities, like deep breathing and listening to music, to no avail.<p>Then I remembered something I had recently …

Connecting with Your Child Through Video Games - Expert Tips & Advice . PBS Parents | PBS

I have two memories of the third grade. First, it was the year I started learning my times tables. I’m still pretty good up to the 10s, but today I …

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Gamers Are Helping Scientists Discover Exoplanets, And Maybe Even Extraterrestrial Life

<i>EVE Online</i>’s fans are quick to remind you that it isn’t just a video game, it’s a hobby. You control a spaceship, mine asteroids and engage in …

Bangor Uni PC games research to help Parkinson's treatment

<b>Research into how computer games stimulate the brain could be used to help treat Parkinson's disease.</b><p>The study looked at the effects of touch screen "spatial reasoning games" on the part of the brain used to control movement.<p>Early research involving 16 people with Parkinson's showed it could help …

Study: Pokemon Go players are happy and nice

People who play Pokemon Go are more likely to be upbeat, friendly and positive, according to a new study.<p>If you're still out there trying to catch 'em all in Pokemon Go, then there's good news (aside from all the Pokemon fun you're having). According to a new study from the University of …

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How video games can help you succeed at work

Playing video games can seem like the opposite of working. What do imaginary worlds where you beat levels, complete quests, and slay dragons have to …

Holy Sh*t! This Video Game May Help Kids with ADHD

Playing video games—and screen time for kids, in general—tends to get a bad rap, but here's one instance where it can be a very, very good thing. …

How To Cure Depression? Playing Video Games A Viable Treatment, Study Says

Treating depression is not an easy matter, and prescribing medication is far from a perfect solution. And given the nature of the problem, it is also …

'Appisodes' Are Interactive Gaming Adventures For The Very Young

<i>Disney Junior Appisodes</i> offer an innovative narrative driven gaming challenges for super young gamers.<p>Finding games for younger players can be difficult. The challenge needs to be accessible for their ability but must also be engaging around topics and characters youngsters enjoy. This can lead to …

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100 Little Things in Zelda: Breath of the Wild That Will Blow Your Mind

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a triumphant achievement in world design and free-form, physics-based gameplay. In a radical departure …

Why So Many Young Men are Choosing Video Games Over Real Life

David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media …

This blind gamer got to play ping-pong with his wife — all thanks to the Nintendo Switch

Mandi Bundren's launch-day purchase of the Nintendo Switch came with an added bonus: She could play with her husband, Rich Maroney, who is …