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Action video games bolster sensorimotor skills, study finds

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One of the benefits of playing action games may be an enhanced ability to precisely learn the dynamics of new sensorimotor tasks. Such skills are key, for example, in laparoscopic surgery which involves high precision manual control of remote surgery tools through a computer interface.

A University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills

A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do.

A new sensorimotor skill, such as learning to ride a bike or typing, often requires a new pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement...

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Myst creators pen deal for series based on game

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’90s puzzler revived again by Legendary Entertainment

Cyan Worlds, creators and curators of classic PC and Mac puzzle IP Myst have signed a deal with Legendary Entertainment to create a series based on the game, likely accompanied by a new game in some form.

In fact, Variety reports that the series and attendant games and apps will be closely intertwined, creating a transmedia experience which lets players expand upon the events of the series. It has not yet been decided whether the series will be a traditional broadcast or an online digital show.

Legendary has pedigree when it comes to transferring gaming IP to other mediums, working on properties involving Mass Effect, Dead Rising and the forthcoming World of Warcraft movie...

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Sid Meier: Game designers should create a “positive climate”

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Civ designer says that developers don’t need to make violent games to get attention anymore

As part of Firaxicon, the first official Firaxis Games convention, legendary game designer Sid Meier sat down with Jake Solomon to discuss his own illustrious career as well as opportunities for today’s new game designers. Similar to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Meier has never been one to push violence in his computer games. In the hour-long discussion, Meier noted that for a time it seemed game designers were actually relying on violence to gain attention. That’s not necessary in the modern games industry today, he said.

“I’m certainly not in favor of any sort of censorship – we’re artists, we’re creative and we should be able to do what we want...

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Are you OK? Swiss energy drink company to sponsor USD 40,000 for DotA 2 tourney

Ok.- energy drink recently announced that it would be sponsoring a DotA 2 tournament in the SEA region. The Swiss energy drink manufacturer mentioned that their energy drinks will be hitting shelves in Singapore soon, and that a 3 on 3 basketball tournament will also take place in the near future. The total prize money of USD 40,000 is set to be the biggest in the South East Asia DotA 2 scene.

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Indeed you are! Question is, are you up to their challenge? (image source: ok-energydrink.com)

We believe that the SEA scene has experienced a lull in DotA 2 competitive activity recently, as compared to China, North America and Europe. They have a lot more regular tournaments that boast of attractive prize pools. Despite that fact, we still believe that the SEA region has no shortage of talent...

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Ubisoft’s Ambitious Racer The Crew Delayed to December

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Ubisoft pushes release date from November 11 to December 2.

Ubisoft announced today that its upcoming racing game, The Crew, has been delayed. The game was previously pegged to launch on November 11, but it’s now scheduled for December 2.

“The extra time will allow for a second closed console beta to be held, giving even more players the opportunity to experience the game, which is something the community has been requesting,” Ubisoft said in a statement. “Like the betas held previously, valuable player feedback and other essential information will be gathered, further enhancing the experience.”

The first closed beta for The Crew has been going on for the past week or so on X1 and PS4. The second closed beta will be held sometime in November for those platforms...

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Car Bomb Threat at Borderlands Developer Gearbox’s Headquarters

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A bomb disposal team was sent to clear a hoax bomb threat.

A Plano, Texas Police Department bomb disposal team was sent to Borderlands developer Gearbox’s headquarters yesterday to deal with a car bomb threat, according to a series of tweets from Gearbox PresidentRandy Pitchford.

Pitchford said that the the police arrived around 7:30 p.m. CST, after most Gearbox employees had already gone home. As you can see in the picture in Pitchford’s tweet below, the police used a bomb disposal robot, apparently to clear one of the cars in the building’s parking lot. It didn’t find anything.

“I witnessed many police cars, the bomb disposal unit’s bus, the robot and several BDU and PPD personnel working,” Pitchford said...

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Twitch wants ‘complete transparency” on sponsored content

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Video platform clarifies its stance on commercial activity for users

Popular video platform Twitch is making the effort to highlight any sponsored or promotional content on its service, including so-called influencer campaigns where popular broadcasters become part of the promotional campaign by playing specific titles.

“Gamers can tend to look skeptically on the ecosystem because they don’t know what is paid-for content and what is not. It also opens influencers to potential criticism,” said the company’s VP of marketing and communications Matthew DiPietro in a blog post.

“While we have always encouraged our broadcasters to acknowledge if they are playing games as part of a promotional campaign, we are now establishing a much more transparent approach to all paid programs on our p...

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First Impressions: Shadow of Mordor (PS4)

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Perhaps no world lends itself to storytelling, exploration, and general rage fueled destruction quite like Middle Earth.  Yet with the exception of the Lego games, few games created within Tolkien’s realm have had their potential fully realized.  Shadow of Mordor aims to change this and may present a quite effective argument for doing such.

The storytelling may start off a bit cliche and predictable, yet once you dig into the multi-layered gameplay, you’ll find a lot to enjoy.

The narrative starts out with a few dramatic events and eventually you end up sharing your body with a specter (called a “wraith” in game)...

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Ubisoft now has a Russian office

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Moscow presence is in recognition of growing community within the country

Ubisoft has opened an office in Moscow, which will provide community development and support to the Russian market, and grow the company’s sales in the region.

The decision to establish an official presence in Russia is a response to demand for Ubisoft’s games, the company said. The beta for The Crew, for example, saw more active Russian players than any other country.

“What we’ve seen throughout our time in the region is that Russian players are passionate, vocal and committed to the games they love,” said Ubisoft’s European boss Alain Corre. “Establishing an office in Moscow demonstrates our commitment to Russian gamers, and will help us grow in lockstep with this rapidly expanding market.”

The Moscow office...

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Analyst expects Call of Duty to continue sales decline

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Sterne Agee predicts Advanced Warfare will sell 3 million fewer units than Ghosts

Industry analyst Sterne Agee has predicted another year of declining sales for Call of Duty, with Advanced Warfare expected to sell 15 per cent fewer copies than Ghosts.

To be more specific, that’s a difference of 3 million units, with Advanced Warfare expected to sell around 17 million. Obviously, that’s still a very healthy number, and the sort of success that most publishers rarely experience, but nevertheless it would be ill news for what remains Activision’s most important franchise.

Ghosts was, in itself, markedly less successful than Black Ops II, and a second year of decline will be enough to cause concern within Activision...

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