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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 …

Super Mario

'The Division' will get plenty of extras in its first year

Take note, Bungie: <i>this</i> is how you tell gamers what they can expect for add-ons. Ubisoft has posted a roadmap for <i>The Division</i>'s downloadable extras, outlining just what you'll get and when in the city-in-crisis shooter's first year. Two free upgrades are coming early on. You'll get a team-oriented …

Game of the Year goes to postapocalypse game Fallout 4

Zombies are out. But the apocalypse is still in. Fallout 4 won Game of the Year at the DICE Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars of gaming.<p>Bethesda Game Studios and parent ZeniMax shipped 12 million copies so far of Fallout 4, the blockbuster role-playing game for the PC and home consoles.<p>The DICE …

Las Vegas

Take video games seriously! Yes, they’re fun, but they matter culturally too

Why do newspaper culture pages and serious radio and TV largely ignore the biggest entertainment medium in the world?<p>Why do video games receive so little coverage in mainstream cultural media? It’s a question that’s troubled me for years – I even made a programme about it for Radio 4. Games are the …

Valve Launches the First-Ever Steam Lunar New Year Sale - PC

Valve has kicked off yet another of its famous sales, this time with a choose your own adventure twist.<p>The "Steam Lunar New Year Sale" has everything …

Chinese New Year

The Division PC Version "In Check" With PS4/Xbox One Editions, Dev Says

<b>[UPDATE]</b> Ubisoft has released a new statement regarding the developer's comments, stressing that the PC edition of The Division has not been "held back."<p>"It has come to our attention that a comment from one of our team members has been perceived by some members of the community to imply the PC …

Gaming Consoles

Screenshot Saturday: Tom Clancy’s The Division looks pretty good on PC

After previewing <i>Tom Clancy’s The Division</i> on Xbox One a few weeks back, we had the chance to check out the game this weekend as part of the closed …

Video Games Should Be Taught In School

Actually, I’m going to amend the title, just a little. Games could take the place of school. Could. But not every subject, just a few. At the very least, schools and teachers need to understand exactly what kind of opportunities they’re missing by dismissing video games. A few of them get it, but …

SimCity

Google really needs to figure out what it wants Hangouts to be

Google Hangouts is reportedly losing its SMS capabilities.<p>In another confusing move, Google’s Hangouts update has a pop-up that directs users to use the Messenger app for SMS — not Hangouts.<p>Via Ars Technica:<p>In the newest update, Hangouts 7.0, the app now pops up a dialog box suggesting that you <i>stop</i> …

Apps

Next Witcher 3 Expansion is "Better Than the Main Game," Dev Says

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won many awards last year, including GameSpot's own Game of the Year, but CD Projekt Red believes its upcoming expansion will be "better than the main game."<p>In an interview with Eurogamer Italy, senior writer Jakub Szamalek talked about the game's upcoming expansion Blood …

Writers Guild of America

Razer’s Stargazer webcam is perfect for game streamers and Windows 10

Standalone webcams aren’t exactly exciting anymore, but Razer’s is a little unique. While Intel sells a developer kit for its RealSense 3D camera, Razer is bringing the technology to the masses with its Stargazer webcam.<p>It has three main tricks, and they’re perfect for streamers, gamers, and …

There's a Mystery Waiting to be Unlocked in Steam's Winter Sale

Was it old man GabeN all along?<p>If you think you have what it takes to unlock a mystery, the Steam Winter Sale is awaiting your attempts right now. An …

CES

The Witcher 3 is the best open-world game of the year

<i>Every year the Polygon staff chooses 10 excellent games to award our Game of the Year honors, but that means some games we love don't quite make the cut. As with last year, we're running a series of opinion pieces by members of the Polygon staff explaining why certain games earned top marks from</i> …

Batman: Arkham

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game

The Mystery of What Fallout 4 Hides Underwater

10 Ridiculous Things That Can Actually Happen In Fallout 4

Steam is 'hijacked' 77,000 times a month

PC gaming storefront Steam is now strongly emphasising the use of its new two-factor authentication security system -- but only if you want to trade …

NASA shows the sharpest ever close-up photos of Pluto

I can practically hear you groan -- <i>more</i> Pluto photos? Well, these are kind of special: they're the sharpest pictures the New Horizons probe took during its closest flyby in July, and NASA believes these may be the best snapshots of the dwarf planet we'll see for decades to come. These series of …

Fallout 4's User Interface Is Truly Terrible

Fallout 4 Has More Lines of Dialog Than Fallout 3 and Skyrim Combined

Bethesda: "Many years of voice recording complete."<p>Fallout 4’s voice recording has officially wrapped and there’s a ton of it.<p>According to Bethesda …

The Elder Scrolls

Intel's Skylake chips will allow more flavors of the new MacBook

PCs are not dead. In fact, if you talk to Intel — which supplies the vast majority of today's PC processors — they are absolutely resurgent. Now the …

Dragon Age: Inquisition's next DLC, The Descent, launches Aug. 11

<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i>'s next expansion is called <i>The Descent</i>, and it arrives soon. Like, Aug. 11, which is Tuesday. BioWare released a video getting you up to speed on what <i>The Descent</i> entails.<p>More or less, you're on a mission to discover the source of earthquakes that threaten Thedas. You'll find …

Microsoft's support of Tomb Raider reboot led to sequel's exclusive, Square Enix says

Square Enix announced last month that <i>Rise of the Tomb Raider</i> will arrive on PlayStation 4 one year after it launches on Xbox platforms. Now we have an idea of how Microsoft secured that arrangement: The company supported the 2013 reboot's vision when others didn't, said Square Enix's Phil Rogers in …

Electronic Arts smashes analyst expectations with strong Q1 2016 earnings

Publisher Electronic Arts has repositioned itself as one of the top game makers in the world, and it has had another strong quarter to prove it deserves that reputation.<p>EA reported the results of the first quarter of its fiscal 2016 today, and the company revealed that it generated more than $693 …

Electronic Arts
The Witcher

How Long Would It Take to Finish Your Entire Steam Backlog?

If you play games on PC through Steam, chances are you have a pretty significant backlog of games you haven't finished. Now, there's a website that lets you know how long it'll take to finish your backlog. It will also tell you if you will survive to see your library completed given your current …

World wide web? Map resizes countries by number of internet users

Oxford Internet Institute has visualised Earth’s online population, showing web usage concentrated in Europe and North America<p>Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) have produced a map that shows the countries of the world resized by the number of internet users in 2013.<p>Each hexagon …

United Arab Emirates

'The Talos Principle: Road to Ghenna' promises more robotic philosophy

Haunting. Creative. Beautiful. Intelligent--these are the words we used to describe <i>The Talos Principle</i> and its narrative-driven first-person puzzles. It's a charming, well-written game that gently convinces the player to question the very nature of consciousness. If you liked it, you're about to …

iOS 9 And OS X El Capitan Are Now Available To All As Public Betas

As announced at WWDC last month, Apple is making a beta of its newly updated mobile operating system, iOS 9, available to the general public for testing starting today, alongside the beta version of OS X El Capitan, its updated desktop OS.<p>The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out …