Retro Playground Sports Catch on with Grown-Ups

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After 40 intense minutes, C.R. Hooligan’s and Shenanigans are tied 7-7, so the teams take the court for one more round.The players — most of them in their 20s and 30s — are shouting, clapping, high-fiving, putting their game faces on. Head umpire Peter Boyer steps between them in the gym of Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington, Del. He lowers and calms his voice so the players pay attention to him.

 

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Brain Training Games Do Not Make You Smarter

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The findings show that on a range of tests, the volunteers did no better than a control group who simply surfed the internet.

Popular brain training games played by millions every day do not make users any smarter, scientists claim.  In the largest experiment of its kind they showed that the games, found on machines like the Nintendo DS, did not improve memory or a host of other mental skills.

 

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3DS: Nintendo Announces Portable 3D Gaming Device

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BIG NEWS in the gaming world!

Big news from the Japanese video game world today: Nintendo announced they will launch a successor to the DS/DSi for the next fiscal year (which begins next month in Japan and ends in March 2011). And what sounds particularly cool so far about the Nintendo 3DS is that the new portable device won’t require any special glasses for users to see the 3D images, according to Nintendo.

Details are scarce at the moment (no price, no specs, no pics), but what’s confirmed so far is that “3DS” is just the tentative name of the device. It will be backwards compatible to conventional DS/DSi games (meaning it will have 2 cameras again) and is sure to hit Japanese stores first.

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World’s Most Expensive Virtual Island

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David “Deathifier” Storey became the Guinness World Record holder for “Most valuable object that is virtual” when he purchased an island in the virtual world Entropia for 265,000 Entropian dollars, or $26,500 at current exchange rates.

What is the most you’re willing to pay for a virtual item in a videogame or virtual world? Five, ten dollars? How about $26,500?

That’s the amount David Storey, a 27-year-old graduate student living in Sydney, Australia, paid for a virtual island, the “Most valuable object that is virtual,” according to Guinness World Records.

 

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Project Natal – Meeting Milo

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Meeting Milo

Serious groundbreaking technology here. I have always said that motion controls for gaming, no matter what tech you used to derive your motion control, was a complete dead end for gaming, unless someone developed a revolutionary method to make it essential for gaming.

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National Gaming Day At Libraries A Massive Success

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Jenny “Shifted Librarian” Levine and the American Library Association threw an astoundingly successful National Gaming Day in America’s libraries. This is the second year for NGD, and the participation more than doubled. Patrons played all kinds of games — tabletop, board games, video games — and discovered their libraries and their communities.
Here’s all the numbers from this great day…
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Color Has A Significant Effect On How People Think And Act

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Winners wear red

IMAGINE you are an experienced martial arts referee. You are asked to score a number of taekwondo bouts, shown to you on video. In each bout, one combatant is wearing red, the other blue. Would clothing colour make any difference to your impartial, expert judgement? Of course it wouldn’t.

 

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Two Near Future Augmented Reality Technologies That Could Change The World

Two Near Future Augmented Reality Technologies

From Diesel’s “Liquid Space” fashion show

Augmented reality is a technology futurists and scifi authors like Vernor Vinge have been talking about for decades. Now the tech has matured and is entering the market. Two videos of new products show you the near future. (Videos after the jump)

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Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s patient uses the Nintendo Wii with guidance from her occupational therapist 

The games console, which simulates sport and other physical activities like dancing and guitar hero, could potentially improve symptoms of the degenerative illness, experts say.

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