Video games improve the visual attention of expert players

Expert players of action real-time strategy games such as League of Legends become better at allocating brain resources between visual stimuli that compete for attention. Image: Shutterstock. — by Mischa Dykstra, Frontiers Science Writer Action real-time strategy video games such as World of Warcraft, Age of Empires, and Total War are played by millions. TheseContinue reading “Video games improve the visual attention of expert players”

Seriously ill kids couldn’t play video games. So he’s bringing the games to them.

By Allie Torgan At one point, Zach Wigal had 5,000 video games in his parents’ basement. Yes, 5,000. But it’s not what you might think. Wigal is the founder of Gamers Outreach, a nonprofit that makes sure that kids who can’t leave their hospital rooms during long-term medical treatment can play video games while theyContinue reading “Seriously ill kids couldn’t play video games. So he’s bringing the games to them.”

Playing video games may increase your brain’s gray matter and improve how it communicates

According to the results of a study published in Nature, gaming could possibly increase the volume of gray matter in the brain. Researchers recently studied the insular cortex regions of frequent gamers and those who didn’t play video games as regularly. The study found a correlation between playing action video games and increased gray matterContinue reading “Playing video games may increase your brain’s gray matter and improve how it communicates”

This ‘Call of Duty’ player has racked up thousands of in-game kills despite his blindness – here’s how he does it

A gamer that can’t see at all has posted that he is set to hit 10000 in-game kills soon. by Ethan Rakin Despite the much accepted reasoning that if one might want to play a video game, they will need at the very least their five basic senses intact, a blind gamer is doing hisContinue reading “This ‘Call of Duty’ player has racked up thousands of in-game kills despite his blindness – here’s how he does it”

Some video games are good for older adults’ brains

If you’re between 55 and 75 years old, you may want to try playing 3D platform games like Super Mario 64 to stave off mild cognitive impairment and perhaps even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the finding of a new Canadian study by Université de Montréal psychology professors Gregory West, Sylvie Belleville and Isabelle Peretz. PublishedContinue reading “Some video games are good for older adults’ brains”

2 men fall off cliff playing Pokemon Go

Two men in their early 20s fell an estimated 50 to 90 feet down a cliff in Encinitas, California, on Wednesday afternoon while playing “Pokémon Go,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rich Eaton said. The men sustained injuries, although the extent is not clear. Pokémon Go is a free-to-play app that gets users upContinue reading “2 men fall off cliff playing Pokemon Go”