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Video Games May Impair Boys' Learning

By Margarita Nahapetyan US scientists from Denison University have come to the conclusion that owning a video game system may impair academic performance of young boys. According to the new findings, young boys who have a video game console at home do not progress as quickly in school as their counterparts who do not own such gaming devices. The study's findings are based on interviews with teachers and is the first controlled trial t

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Nintendo Releases Pokémon Black and White

By Margarita Nahapetyan Japan Nintendo has recently revealed the next, 5th generation of Pokémon series for Nintendo DS, called "Pokémon Black and White". Pokémon Black and White are two creature-catching games that will be designed for both the web connected DSi and the portable DS. The company's official website states that the new game will be full of advanced features and innovations. The only thing that is known at this moment ab

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Violent Video Games Make Children More Agressive

By Margarita Nahapetyan Playing violent video games contributes to an increase in aggressive and less caring behavior, regardless of age, gender or culture, says an Iowa State University professor of psychology Craig Anderson. Also, according to Prof. Anderson and his fellow colleagues, violent computer game playing increases aggressive thinking and aggressive affect, and does nothing to promote positive social behaviors in people. Pr

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Wii Sports Can Reduce Depression In Seniors

By Margarita Nahapetyan Playing video games on a regular basis can help reduce depression in older people, claim scientists from the United States. In particular, scientists at the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have said that using exergames, video games that combine game play with exercise, significantly improve mood and mental health-related quality

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Video Games Can be Good For Adults' Brain And Memory

By Margarita Nahapetyan The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) has published a report entitled "Adults Benefit from Playing Video Games", which claims that video game players have greater perceptual and cognitive functions than non-gamers. According to the scientist Ray Perez, a doctor of educational psychology and a program officer in the ONR's warfighter performance department, gamers demonstrate 10 to 20 per cent better performanc

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Ninetendo Brings The Wii Classic Controller Pro To America

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nintendo has recently revealed that they are bringing a new version of the Wii Classic Controller to the United States this spring: the Wii Classic Controller Pro. The new Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro - the last of a big range of Nintendo Wii controllers - is an upgrade over the previous version in both design and functionality, featuring a new set of shoulder buttons and a sleek design that comes in two

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Brain Size Affects Video Game Results

By Margarita Nahapetyan Scientists say that that the size of just three little structures in our brain can predict how well we can do when playing a video game. It turns out, the bigger are the structures, the faster we can catch on the game. According to the experts, their study demonstrates that the striatum - a region deep within the cerebral cortex - has a big effect on how much we can refine our motor skills and learn new things.

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Guitar Hero 5 Game Review

By Margarita Nahapetyan When it comes to college, all the versions of Guitar Hero are considered by the majority to be the best game out there. Guitar Hero is a typical band game in which players with guitar, drums and a microphone play and sing along with a popular song by pressing buttons, hitting color-coded drum pads or singing notes when they are told to. Activision's latest version of the game - Guitar Hero 5 - offers its fans m

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Super Smash Brothers Brawl Game Review

By Margarita Nahapetyan Super Smash Brothers Brawl is an amazing, battling, action-packed video game that features a varied number of popular Nintendo characters who fight each other in head-to-head and multiplayer battles using a variety of attacks. The game is particularly a huge hit with all types of college students. The number of playable characters that gamers can control in Super Smash Brothers Brawl has grown from that in Supe

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Uncharted 2 - The Best Video Game Of The Year

By Margarita Nahapetyan Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the latest PlayStation 3 adventure with treasure hunter Nathan Drake, is the video game of the year 2009 and the best game so far on this generation of consoles. "Uncharted 2" provides the players with a unique combination of action and suspense, shooting and adventure, memorable and realistic characters and amazing scenery. "Uncharted 2" makes a stunning first impression and pushes

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The Most Popular And Top Rated Wii Games

By Margarita Nahapetyan After just a few years since its release, the Nintendo Wii is still the best and quickest selling console of the new generation. The Nintendo Wii takes a different approach to gaming, making you get up and get physically involved with the game, and rather than being technology power hungry, Nintendo decided to focus on the games. Here is the list of the best-selling and top rated must-have titles available for the Wii console. &

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Computer Game Tetris Improves Thinking

By Margarita Nahapetyan Playing the computer game Tetris may boost gray matter in your brain, according to a new report which also suggests that regular idle act of fitting blocks together on a computer screen can improve thinking and increase "mental efficiency". Tetris is a computer game, developed about 25 years ago by a Soviet computer programmer Alexey Pajitnov. The game requires players to score points by rotating different shap

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Pro-Social Video Games Make Children Kinder

By Margarita Nahapetyan Previous studies have suggested that there is a relationship between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior in children. But now, for the first time, the three new studies have concluded that some video games influence good behavior and can even make children kinder and more likely to help other people. All the three separate studies that were carried out in the United States, Japan, Singapore, and

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Video Games Promote Children's Well Being

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new report released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, states that video games have the potentially positive effects when it comes to educating children and promoting their physical well-being. According to the report, video games have all the potential to be another avenue of activity for children. Therefore, a move like this might have a good chance of providing children with education on health and exercise in a ma

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Nintendo Launches New 'Wii Fit Plus' Game

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nintendo Co. Ltd, one of the largest Kyoto-based software companies in the world, will launch a new and more precise version of its "Wii Fit" home exercise game the upcoming fall, according to Japanese media reports. The new game Wii Fit Plus, will work with the existing Wii balance board, and is designed to give users greater control over their exercise regime. Wii Fit Plus offers its users access to fifteen n

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Americans Prefer Video Games To Movies

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new study by market research firm NPD Group claims that Americans these days prefer to play video games at home rather than to take a trip to the local movie theater. According to the latest survey, 53 per cent of individuals in the United States have been to the movies in the past 6 months, and 63 per cent (2 out of 3) have stayed at home choosing to rather play a video game. In addition, as far as to other

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New Toy Report From Parenting Center

By Margarita Nahapetyan The National Parenting Center, a nonprofit California-based center, has released its 19th annual list of toy products in a Seal of Approval Report. The list includes the top choices for toys with affordable prices and aimed for all age groups. Parents always want to have much more information when it comes to choosing toys for their kids, said David Katzner, president of The National Parenting Center of Califor

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New Video Games To Be Released Soon

By Margarita Nahapetyan With a significant increase in the powerful industry of gaming, the consumers keep waiting for more and more new editions of the video games. In the article below you will find a number of games that are ready to be released in the upcoming summer. 1. Terminator Salvation Terminator Salvation is a third person shooter game where the player needs to constantly be in motion, attack, cover

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Children And Video Games

By Margarita Nahapetyan Since video games were first introduced in the 1972, they have become one of the most popular activities for people of all ages. Video games are played on several types of platforms: home consoles used with TV sets, computers, computers with access to the Internet, coin-operated arcade machines, and hand-held devices including game systems, cell phones and Palm Pilots. Many children and teenagers spend large am

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