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A Theory Explains Why Gaming on Touchscreens Is Clumsy

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New research challenges the belief that touchscreens are worse input devices because they lack physical buttons. The reason is that key press timing in touchscreen input is unpredictable. When timing is made more predictable, performance improves.

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Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

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Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

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Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder.

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Gaming and Rocket Science Taking Off at U of S

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Gaming and space technology research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will soon receive a $3.3 million boost to help train the next wave of innovators for these multibillion dollar industries courtesy the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Sexist Video Games Decrease Empathy for Female Violence Victims

Young male gamers who strongly identify with male characters in sexist, violent video games show less empathy than others toward female violence victims, a new study found.

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Violent Video Games Eventually Lose Their Ability to Produce Guilt in Gamers

A new University at Buffalo-led study suggests that the moral response produced by the initial exposure to a video game decreases as experience with the game develops.

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UCI to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall

UC Irvine is launching an official e-sports initiative this fall, the first of its kind at a public research university. A state-of-the-art arena equipped with high-end gaming PCs, a stage for League of Legends competitions and a live webcasting studio will be constructed at the Student Center, and as many as 10 academic scholarships will be offered to students on the team.

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Playing Action Video Games May Increase the Capability for a Suicide Attempt

Among individuals already thinking about suicide, those who play action video games may be significantly more capable of attempting it than those who play other video game categories, according to a new study from Texas Tech University.

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New Book Examines Video Games and Culture in Latin America

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A new book by UD’s Phillip Penix-Tadsen explores the connections between video games and culture in Latin America.

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Why Sexual Harassment Is Worse Than Other Types of Abuse Online

While many women gamers can shrug off much of the name-calling and abuse they receive while playing online video games, sexual harassment sticks with them even when they’re offline.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect Breathes New Life Into Respiratory Assessment

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Xbox Kinects could be used in the future to assess the health of patients with conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Normally found in the hands of gamers rather than medics the Microsoft sensors could be used to assess the respiratory function of patients.

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U Game Design Program Ranked No. 1

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The Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) program at the University of Utah is the No. 1 undergraduate school for studying game design, according to the Princeton Review, which released the rankings today. The EAE graduate program is ranked No. 3.

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Speeding Recovery From Cyber-Induced Blackouts, Teaching with 'Big Data', Security Breach in 3-D Printing Process, and more in the Cybersecurity News Source

Speeding Recovery From Cyber-Induced Blackouts, Teaching with 'Big Data', Security Breach in 3-D Printing Process, and more in the Newswise Cybersecurity News Source.

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Can Yoga Help Those with PTSD, New Staffing Model Designed to Save Costs in Public Mental Health Clinics, Study Linking Asthma Symptoms and Stress, and more in the Mental Health News Source

Can Yoga Help Those with PTSD, New Staffing Model Designed to Save Costs in Public Mental Health Clinics, Study Linking Asthma Symptoms and Stress and more in the Mental Health News Source

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Gamers Don’t Notice the Ads When They’re Busy Killing

When people playing violent video games focus on killing and maiming, they don’t often remember the corporate brands they see along the way.

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New Honors Course Teaches Philosophy of Video Game Design

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What if video games had no score? No set goal? No adversary (or “boss,” in gamer terms) to defeat? Such games exist, and Dr. Timothy Stock of Salisbury University’s Philosophy Department is bringing them to the forefront in a new experimental course taught through SU’s Bellavance Honors Program.

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UK Linguists Imagine Ancient Languages for Video Game, Far Cry Primal by Ubisoft

The two University of Kentucky linguists created ancient languages of more than 40,000 words with established grammar, syntax and structure to breath life into the recently released video game Far Cry Primal, by Ubisoft. The professors say the game and its languages are important to the academic world because 1) it's the first time Proto-Indo-European has been used as a living language since it was spoken thousands of year ago and 2) it's the first time any video game creator included a constructed, prehistoric language in the game.

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Motion-Controlled Video Games May Improve Real World Skills

Motion-controlled video games, such as those played on the Wii, may help boost skills when players compete in the real world, according to a team of researchers.