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February 6, 2017

Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen

Divert your anger and be thankful that there will at least be another gaming show available. That is always a good thing

January 16, 2017

Tetris Shown to Lessen PTSD and Flashbacks

The visual-spatial demands of playing Tetris disrupt the formation of the mental imagery involved in flashbacks. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tetris-shown-to-lessen-ptsd-and-flashbacks/

January 9, 2017

Seven reasons why grown ups should play more video games

We would also add: - the story-telling in some games now surpasses a lot of what you get on TV - more grown-ups in on-line communities will help change how they behave on average - games are a far cheaper and safer alternative to "pokies" or other entertainment that use similar methods to attract older people to play but in a predatory way Games are for everybody! https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/05/why-grown-ups-should-play-more-video-games?CMP=fb_gu

December 31, 2016

Vive Developer Overflow Makes Custom App For Alzheimer's Patient - TechRaptor

Can Virtual Reality be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other conditions? Vive Developer Overflow made a custom app for an alzheimer’s patient based on a study that indicated pulses at the 40hz frequency can help alleviate symptoms. https://techraptor.net/content/vive-developer-overflow-makes-custom-app-alzheimers-patient

December 4, 2016

This Augmented Reality Game Can Halve 'Phantom Limb' Pain

Amputees can suffer pain from where their missing limbs used to be. There are few effective treatments and the pain can be so severe that it affects the quality of life and mental health of sufferers. "[R]esearchers placed sensors on the patients' stumps to detect muscular activity for the missing arm. The signals were then fed into a computer that decoded and used them to create an active virtual arm on a computer screen, representing the missing limb." The study found that there was "a 32 per cent reduction in the intensity of the pain, a 51 per cent reduction in pain quality and intensity and a 47 per cent reduction in its duration, frequency and intensity." Click here

November 11, 2016

How Video Games Are Helping Young Veterans Cope

How Video Games Are Helping Young Veterans Cope with PTSD "Two long wars have left nearly a half a million veterans suffering from PTSD. For many of them, gaming offers a unique form of support, distraction, and even treatment." Click here

November 3, 2016

Homepage | Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition has officially launched. Minecraft for the classroom helps children can learn about real world planning, issues like deforestation, and even how life can be sustained on an alien planet. https://education.minecraft.net/

October 29, 2016

League of Legends shows way for esports phenomenon

36 million viewers, $2.1 million prize for first place, and pro players are "fit, have stamina and have good mental preparation". Professional videogames are not what most people think. Click here

October 15, 2016

At the World's First Cybathlon, Proud Cyborg Athletes Raced for the Gold

Not videogames but still an amazing story about the use of technology... Last Saturday, in a sold-out stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, the world's first cyborg Olympics showed the world a new science-fiction version of sports. At the Cybathlon, people with disabilities used robotic technology to turn themselves into cyborg athletes. They competed for gold and glory in six different events... [B]y skillfully controlling advanced technologies, amputees navigated race courses using powered prosthetic legs and arms. Paraplegics raced in robotic exoskeletons, bikes, and motorized wheelchairs, and even used their brain waves to race in the virtual world. Click here

August 28, 2016

iPad Games Are Better Than Sedatives For Kids In Surgery

iPad Games Are Better Than Sedatives For Kids In Surgery (and their parents). "The researchers found both parental and child anxiety levels to be similar in both groups, with a similar pattern of evolution. Both parents and nurses found anaesthesia more satisfying in the iPad group."

August 19, 2016

Wii U balance boards help paraplegics better use their exosuits

Here is another story about how videogame hardware is helping paraplegics. Amazing stuff.

August 18, 2016

Quartz

Virtual Reality helping paraplegics to move again. This is an inspiring use of technology that was originally for videogames.

August 15, 2016

Love Video Games and They Will Love You Back - SuperNerdLand

"If you’ve engaged others in a gaming community, you’ve most likely made a lot of friends, and perhaps a few of those have developed into lasting friendships. Through connections like these, I have been able to support, or been supported, by other gamers. I’ve personally seen acts of kindness that would make you weep, such as gamers coming together to help pay for rent, an electric bill, or a dire emergency." https://supernerdland.com/article/love-video-games-and-they-will-love-back/

August 8, 2016

Australian Study Finds Playing Video Games Improves School Grades

"Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University. But school students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science. Associate Professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, investigated the results of testing by the globally recognised Program for International Student Assessment." Click here

August 7, 2016

How big is the Pokemon Go phenomenon? Pokémon Gyms and Pokéstops were removed from the South Carolina State House. Their governor is requesting them back.

August 5, 2016

Crinji Looks At Mental Health in Gaming

This segment from New Game Plus takes a look at the effects of Pokémon Go on those with mental illnesses, and how developers, media and event organisers are incorporating the mental health of gamers into their work.

July 11, 2016

Rae Johnston

We often share Rae Johnston's work. We do that because she's the kind of positive journalist that the industry needs (and she knows what she's talking about)

June 22, 2016

We saw this photo on Twitter. These are so awesome. They should be everywhere! https://twitter.com/Nintendo_Legend/status/745569338887806976/photo/1

June 12, 2016

Pain Is Not a Game, But VR Games May Help With America’s Opioid Addiction

"What we found was that VR reduces pain as much as a moderate dose of hydromorphone." Virtual Reality can help when pain medication is not enough.

May 9, 2016

New Australian Study Shows How Playing Action Video Games Increases Co-Ordination

"Regular action gamers had enhanced connectivity in regions of their brains associated with attention and hand-eye coordination. [...] Putting it simply, playing action video games on a regular basis over a number of years can help the parts of your brain that look after attention span and hand-eye co-ordination communicate better, and perform at a higher level."

May 4, 2016

Best Star Wars Videogames - New Game Plus

Star Wars Day has become a phenomenon. Games based on the Star Wars series have generally been very good and are suitable for a very broad range of ages and interests. In this video New Game Plus looks at the best ones to play in each genre. May the 4th be with you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4LouOoZ24k&list=PLMYihQWse00NG5uQGPdAxm3wKCx_3r91m&index=7

April 29, 2016

The Minecraft Generation

Minecraft Generation. More than a game, it is digital Lego and the possibilities for learning are almost endless.

April 19, 2016
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April 16, 2016

Minecraft Education Edition Entering Beta In May

A version of Minecraft made specifically for use in classrooms is coming soon.

April 5, 2016

NASA's use of HoloLens puts you on Mars with Buzz Aldrin

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will have benefits far beyond gaming. "We didn't concoct this environment for people to look at," Dr. Jeff Norris, lead mission operations at JPL, told me later. "It's not a theme park ride. This is what Mars really looks like. People are looking at it the same way as many of our scientists are looking at it."

April 4, 2016

Finalists Announced for the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., DOOM, and World of Warcraft were all inducted in 2015. This year the finalists are: The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, The Sims and Pokemon Red and Green, Elite, Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto III, John Madden Football, Nurburgring, Sid Meier's Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.

April 4, 2016

BlueSkyInGames (@blueskyingames) | Twitter

We are now on Twitter. https://twitter.com/blueskyingames

March 31, 2016

US gaming device demographics by gender. It is good to see the numbers are very even. These days there really is a game for everybody and this graph reflects that. Different people like different games but the best bit is that we are all playing something. (see https://www.facebook.com/BlueSkyInGamesJournalism/photos/a.112017785511775.5472.112009402179280/1034731169907094/?type=3)

March 29, 2016
March 22, 2016

How Video Games Are Helping Rehab Patients

You've seen pictures of old people playing Wii bowling. Those kinds of gaming activities can improve their balance, reduce falls, and improve their quality of life. Videogames are a much better alternative for older people than things like "Pokies" which are designed to stimulate the brain in similar ways so they can sap the player's finances and make them sit still for hours at a time. No matter how old you are, playing the right videogames can be good for you.

March 18, 2016

Documentary outlines how Cities: Skylines is being used to plan real cities

Cities: Skylines is being used to help model urban development challenges. "Set over the two years leading up to and following the game’s release, the documentary is planned to cover how architects, politicians, and fans of the game have come together to create new real-world building initiatives. Additionally, the film will also feature interviews with United Nations development group UN-Habitat, which helps struggling communities deal with the difficulties associated with rapid urban development, as well as game studio Mojang, the creators of fellow building game Minecraft (2011)."

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