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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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Fantasy Life – Get a Life Trailer

Only five days away, you wont want to miss Fantasy Life!

  
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It’s a Good Week to Get Back Into Diablo 3 on Xbox One/360 and PS4/PS3

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Get double XP or encounter twice as many Treasure Goblins, depending upon your platform of choice.

No matter what console you own the game on (sorry, fellow PC players), Blizzard is offering some new incentives for Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition players to jump back into the game during the next week.

On 360 and PS3, you’ll receive a 100% bonus to experience, a perk that stacks with other, existing in-game bonuses, like items and shrines. That makes this an ideal time to create a new character, make that final push toward level 70, or pad out your Paragon level.

Considering the name of the game is items, X1 and PS4 players get a bonus that’s arguably even more tantalizing: Treasure Goblin spawns have been doubled...

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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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Sony preparing around 200,000 PS4s a year for Chinese market

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Company readies for new market after Xbox One’s success

Sony has confirmed that it is preparing to enter the Chinese market, verifying the authenticity of a document which says it will produce around 200,000 PS4s a year for the territory.

Bloomberg unearthed the agreement, filed to the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone, which was later authenticated by Sony spokesperson Masaki Tsukakoshi. However, he also made clear that the number of units was subject to demand, rather than being set in stone by the arrangement.

No launch date has been confirmed for the console in China, but Sony will definitely have an eye or two on the performance of Microsoft’s Xbox One, which is already selling better in China than it has in Japan.

Both companies are capitalising on the experimental ...

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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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Diablo 3 PS4/Xbox One Patch Now Available, Adds New Areas, Items, and More

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Greater Rifts, Legendary gems, a new area to visit, and more added in yesterday’s free update.

Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition players on X1 and PS4 will find the game’s first major content update has gone live today, introducing many of the same features PC players saw in August.

The 2.1.0 patch adds The Vault, an area that can be accessed through a portal sometimes left behind by treasure goblins defeated in Adventure Mode. Inside, you’ll be able to find especially good drops and a new boss, the Baroness Greed.

A special, timed version of Nephalem Rifts known as Greater Rifts are also new. There is no limit on the number of these you can tackle, but they’ll become increasingly difficult as you make your way through them...

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James’ Opinionation: Top 25 South Park Episodes Ever Made (250 Episodes Later)

I’m the biggest South Park fan you’ll ever meet. I’ve seen every episode, loved most of them, and can specifically point out the episode in which every reference in South Park: The Stick of Truth originates, by name. What can I say? I grew up with the series, been sneaking it in ever since I was a young’um and it was still cool to watch South Park. I’ve watched it turn from an inappropriate, immature, moderate satire to a “trend of the week”, topical, dark and violent political and cultural satire.

If you’re unaware of the hilarious genius that is South Park, it’s a “kitchen-sink” high concept satire involving the fictional Colorado town of South Park, mainly centered around 6 boys by the names of Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Butters, Jimmy and Kenny, and 3 main adults named Randy, Mr...

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Future to close Official Nintendo Magazine and website

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Staff to be ‘redeployed’ elsewhere in company

Future Publishing has announced the closure of Official Nintendo Magazine and its attendant website, with the last issue, the 114th, to go on sale this month. The website will be shut down on November 11.

The magazine’s subscribers will have their subscriptions transferred automatically to Gamesmaster magazine if they’re not cancelled before October 17. Future has promised to try and find ONM staff jobs elsewhere in the company, insisting that the closure is not part of the recent wave of redundancies which have struck the publisher.

“The last issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, which launched in the UK in 2002, will be in stores on 14th October,” reads a statement on the ONM website...

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