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No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior

No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior "In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not 'prime' players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players." It should be noted that the tests were done on adults and the study authors say they need to test their theories on children. At this point we would like to point out that there is a videogame ratings system for a reason (including an R18+ rating in Australia) and we encourage all parents to use that. Not all videogames are for children, just like not a...

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Minecraft helps Syrian refugees feel more hopeful

Minecraft helps Syrian refugees feel more hopeful. "Minecraft gives children a sense of control and sense of possibility, according the researchers. The game helps restore feelings that are stripped from refugees." [Click here]

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Computer games that heal you

Computer Game Therapy - Videogames as a way to treat mental health. "A recent study published in the American Psychologist found that computer games could provide a cheap and effective way, alongside other drugs and therapy, of alleviating mental health problems. The research found that all games, not just socially complex or immersive role-playing games, have a part to play in alleviating mental health conditions. Even simple games that are easy to access and can be played quickly, such as Angry Birds, were found to improve players' moods, promote relaxation and ward off anxiety." [Click here]

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How video gaming can be beneficial for the brain

Scientists in Berlin asked adults to play Super Mario 64 over a period of 2 months for 30 minutes a day. The group showed increases of grey matter, demonstrating “the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.” [Click here]

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Minecraft helps Syrian refugees feel more hopeful

"NYU researchers found that young Syrian refugees who regularly played Minecraft felt significantly less hopeless. Minecraft gives children a sense of control and sense of possibility, according the researchers. The game helps restore feelings that are stripped from refugees. "Minecraft is this one place where you can create anything. And where you are in control," said Jan L. Plass, professor at NYU's Steinhardt School. "You have the ultimate freedom. And you can change the environment around you anyway you want." [Click here]

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There's A Minecraft Festival Coming To Sydney Opera House

Competitions, the Lead Creative Designer, and information about how Minecraft can be used in an educational setting. This looks great. "Minecraft at the Sydney Opera House is designed for everyone: from dedicated players of all ages (who can compete to win an Xbox One), to parents and educators who can understand and unpack how the game can be applied in an educational setting - and even younger gamers who can meet (and challenge) new friends." "Alongside the competitions, Lead Creative Designer of Minecraft, Jens Bergensten, will participate in the interactive sessions. Lydia Winters, Brand Director of Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, will share her Minecraft tricks and tips and answe...

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Videogames are the ultimate safe space.

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Video games may be a viable treatment for depression, finds study

Playing specially designed "brain training" games may be a viable treatment for depression. "Researchers from University of California in the US looked at results from about 160 student volunteers (with an average age of 21) who said they suffered from mild depression. Three-fourths were women, and more than half of the subjects were of Asian heritage, followed by white, Latino, and other ethnicities. Using six, three-minute games, the study found in most cases that playing the specifically designed game helped subjects feel they had some control over their depression. Each game was an adaptation of neurophysiological training tasks that have been shown to improve cognitive control among ...

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Texas A&M International University

A 2010 study found that both male and female gamers who play violent videogames handle stress better. "Young adults—male and female—who play violent video games long-term handle stress better than non-playing adults and become less depressed and less hostile following a stressful task, according to a study by Texas A&M International University associate professor, Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson." [Click here]

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How Video Game Characters Can Make Girls Feel Better About Themselves

How Video Game Characters Can Make Girls Feel Better About Themselves. We recommend games like the recent Tomb Raider games, Life Is Strange, or Child Of Light. Even though it is a beauty/fashion based game, Style Boutique for the Nintendo 3DS is great because it involves running a business and teaches some aspects of that. Games like Fallout 4 give you the option to play equally as well as a male or female character. [Click here]

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Surprise! Video Games Still Don't Make You Violent

We know videogames have benefits such as faster decision making and better reflexes, and we know they can be great for relieving stress, but what about the age-old argument that violent videogames cause players to become violent? Once again, a scientific study finds no link. From the article... "Researchers in Germany recently conducted a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on long-term players of violent video games. They set out to prove their hypothesis that gamers have reduced empathy when compared to non-gamers because of, you know, the violent video games." As the article says, guess what they found? "The gamers had the same neural response to emotionally provo...

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

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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.

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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.

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