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Science Says Video Games Are Good For Your Eyes

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Researchers recently reported findings that playing first-person shooters can help your eyesight.

Scientists took six subjects with cataract disorders and asked them to play Medal of Honor for 40 hours over the course of a month. The subjects played the game for two hours a day, five days a week, for a month. Daphne Maurer of McMaster University in Canada who led the study said that playtime was limited becasue she didn’t want to the patients to become addicted to the game. That’s also probably the reason they chose Medal of Honor instead of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty, I assume.

Five of the six participants showed improvement after the month was up. “They were able to recognize faces more easily, as well as make out small print and judge the direction of moving dots.” This is good news for EA. They can now put a bullet on the back Medal of Honor boxes that reads, “improves eyesight!”

Maurer said, “the visual nervous system is still plastic enough to either form or reveal connections in adulthood….and we suspect that might be true for any kind of visual defect.”

The next step for Maurer and her team is to create, “the perfect vision-improving non-violent video game.” Someone should show them Portal and Portal 2.


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Why Microsoft’s Kinect Is the Next Big Thing In Gaming

My issues with motion gaming have prompted me to turn my back on the Wii. In fact, I haven’t even seen my Wii in well over a year, since it’s been sitting in my closet with the rest of the obsolete and boring consoles I’ve bought over the years.

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Sony’s PlayStation Move is similarly useless to me. The wands add no value to my gaming experience and as far as I’m concerned, should be relegated to the junk heap in the PlayStation 4.

And now, we move to the Kinect. I’ve said here before that while the Kinect comes with a really cool technology, I’m not a fan of the peripheral. I do, however, acknowledge — like the Wii — that there are some people out there that see some value in a product like the Kinect.

But what saddens me is that Microsoft’s motion-gaming peripheral is, well, the next big thing in gaming.

Microsoft is doubling down on the Kinect. A software development kit that allows PC software developers to take advantage of the device’s technology is in the wild, and there is a very good chance that it might also become the go-to device for laptops.

In the beginning, that might mean PC gaming will be enhanced, but I can also see the device becoming a useful accessory for those developing other programs across a wide array of industries, including medical, manufacturing, and retail.

But it’s that gaming element that keeps holding me up.

According to the latest rumors, it’s possible Microsoft will launch the Xbox 720 with a Kinect camera built into the console. What’s more, there is some speculation that Sony might try to find a way to come close to matching the Kinect’s controller-less functionality.

Add that to the fact that the Kinect is selling exceedingly well and it quickly becomes clear that it could very well be Microsoft’s ticket to gaming dominance in the coming years.

I hate to say it, but the Microsoft Kinect is the next big thing in gaming. It’s already changed how console makers think, and it’s well on its way to transforming Windows PCs. But it’s the fact that it might play an even greater role in the next generation that’s enough to make me cringe


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Uncharted 3 Bigger than 50GB Blu-ray Disc

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The old adage states, the bigger the better. Developer Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed Unchartedseries is returning to PlayStation 3 with Drake’s Deception this fall in extra large fashion. Naughty Dog community manager Arne Meyer has shared some details about what it is like to be a PS3 exclusive developer, as well as the fact that Uncharted 3 is currently too big.

Speaking at gamescom about being PS3 exclusive, Meyer told NowGamer:

I think it really helps. It’s not even about sales. It’s about what we can push on the platform and how far we can take it. I’m sure you’ll hear this from every other Sony developer but you know, I can’t tell you how much we’ve been able to optimise Cell and you know, the amount of content we can put on Blu-ray.

When asked about Uncharted 3?s current data size Meyer stated:

Uncharted 2 barely made it to 25GB, while Naughty Dog is going over 50GB this time, for Uncharted 3. But in the end we’ll be under 50. We’ll be one disc.

Obviously, there is some serious compression that is still going to take place to ensure the game will ship one one disc this November.


The Wii U, Nintendo’s next console (video)

Coming in 2012, Nintendo’s next home console will deliver “deeper game experiences” that aim to offer “something for everyone.” And it’ll be called the Wii U! A variety of new controls will be made available by that crazy new controller with a 6.2-inch touchscreen embedded in it. Most importantly, you’ll no longer be tied to a TV to enjoy your home consoling action — the Wii U controller can handle your gaming session when the television is needed for other purposes, while a built-in front-facing cam will let you video chat from anywhere too. Notably, you won’t have to use the 6.2-inch behemoth if you don’t want too — the Wii U will be compatible with all current-gen accessories and software. Yes, your expansive Wii collection will play on the U version of the console as well. We’ve also seen some decidedly high-def visuals from Nintendo showing off the Wii U’s graphical prowess. See video of the unveiling after the break!

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Gear of Wars 3, World Premiere Finale Campaign Trailer E3 (video)

If you are looking forward to the up and coming launch of the Gear of War 3 finale, feast your eyes on this Gears of War 3 world premiere E3 Campaign Trailer.

Gears of War 3 will feature four-player co-op for the first time in the series. Fully controllable mech suit, called silverbacks, will be available for use in certain parts of the game, armed with a machine gun and rocket launcher.  The characters have two operating modes, the first is assault mode which is controlled like a standard character, in stationary mode, they lock into position and deploy their armour, as well as cover for other Gears from their legs

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First Modern Warfare 3 Gameplay Trailer (video)

It’s hard to put into words just how stoked we were when the trailer for Modern Wafare 2 hit. Even if it turned out to be a bit of a tangled mess in the plot department, it had heart. Plus, we were just coming off the first Modern Warfare, which to this day is probably only matched by Bioshock in creating narrative exclusively using gameplay. Modern Warfare 3 looks… bigger. Certainly explodier. And better-traveled. But it’s a lot more generic too.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Trailer

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Facts you might not know about NINTENDO

The below figure shows the full history of Video Game Giant Nintendo.

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Do you think you are stupid enough, to beat Stupidness 2?

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Guys, I must tell you that this is a must have Game on following devices:

- iPhone

- iPad

- iPod Touch

It’s an indescribable game, but what I can tell you is, it really makes you think out of the box. To amaze you, see the following achievements for the game:

Ranked #1 in 18+ countries after 2 days release:
#1st in Free Apps (US)
#1st in Free Apps (UK)
#1st in Free Apps (Canada)
#1st in Free Apps (Australia)
#1st in Free Apps (Deutschland)
#3rd in Free Apps (France)
#1st in Free Apps (Hong Kong)
#1st in Free Apps (Singapore)

The game can be found on iTunes, and it has two version. The free one and the Pro one which costs 0.99$ and it has extra levels.

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EA sports games discount @ iTunes

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For a limited time, EA Sports is offering discount on all games at iTunes for 0.99$.

So far I got around 3 Games, and keeps counting, but I really can’t stop playing NBA Jam.


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Be a part of a different World…. be a part of World of Goo

We will be giving recommendations for a must have games on iPhone or iPad.

Today’s recommendation is World of Goo:

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The game is developed by 2D BOY, World of Goo (iTunes link), $9.99 USD (currently on sale for $4.99), is a physics-based puzzle game in which the player must lead a group of Goo Balls into a pipe and out of the level. World of Goo has already been a huge hit with its Windows, Mac and Wii versions. Being the year’s most anticipated iPad game, does it live up to all the hype that it’s received prior to its release? Well, here are my thoughts.

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