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Parents Who Play Pokémon GO With Kids: 'It Wasn't Really About the Pokémon'

Mar. 28, 2017 — In the first study to survey and interview parents who play 'Pokémon GO' with their children, families report a number of side benefits, including increased exercise, more time spent ... read more

An Algorithm That Knows When You'll Get Bored With Your Favorite Mobile Game

Mar. 24, 2017 — Researchers have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the ... read more

Exergaming Can Reduce Sedentary Time, Increase Social Wellbeing

Mar. 17, 2017 — Digital gaming has generally been perceived to increase individuals’ sedentary time. According to a new dissertation, gaming can also act as a medium to promote health. Exergaming is a form of ... read more

YouTube Users Be Aware: Your Viewing Habits Can Be Tracked

Mar. 15, 2017 — It's important to know that video encryption is not as secure as once thought. Google, YouTube's parent company, is not likely to patch the gaps, since it would be prohibitively expensive ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — The impulsive act of checking Facebook while driving, in a work meeting, or at other times that could lead to negative consequences has been linked to a deficiency in the balance between two systems ... read more

Video Games Can Mitigate Defensiveness Resulting from Bad Test Scores, Study Suggests

Mar. 9, 2017 — New research shows the potential effects of receiving positive feedback from playing video games after receiving a negative test score on an ... read more

Virtual Characters That Touch You Are Seen as Being Warmer and Friendlier

Mar. 6, 2017 — Touch is a basic need. A new study has shown that virtual characters that can touch you are seen as being warmer and friendlier. Previous research had already shown that this applies to human ... read more

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers used data from online video games to study what kinds of practice and habits help people acquire skill. Beyond simply learning about what makes gamers good, the investigators hope that ... read more

Social Exclusion in Virtual Realities Has a Negative Social and Emotional Impact in 'Real' Life

Feb. 16, 2017 — In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Finding information about videogames can now be a game in itself, thanks to researchers. They created GameSpace, a playable visualization of 16,000 videogames grouped according to common features and ... read more

More Screen Time for Kids Isn't All That Bad

Feb. 7, 2017 — Chances are that your children will turn out OK even though they spend hours playing video games or watching TV, according to a new study that found that there is only a negligibly small association ... read more

Atlanta Falcons Predicted to Win Super Bowl

Feb. 1, 2017 — The Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. This prediction comes from a researcher who backs his claim with seven years of National Football League (NFL) data and ... read more

Video Game Ratings Work, If You Use Them

Jan. 25, 2017 — Nearly every video game sold or downloaded comes with a rating that provides age-appropriate guidelines based on the game's content. Critics have questioned the effectiveness of ratings, but new ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Using a novel approach for computing real-time game strategy, engineers have developed an artificial Ms. Pac-Man player that chomps the existing high score for computerized ... read more

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

Jan. 12, 2017 — Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in ... read more

The Importance of Beating Buffering

Jan. 14, 2017 — Streaming video over mobile networks could be greatly improved by smart prioritization of visually important data, report ... read more

Predicting Future Sports Rankings from Evolving Performance

Dec. 20, 2016 — Competitive sports and games are all about the performance of players and teams, which results in performance-based hierarchies. Because such performance is measurable and is the result of varied ... read more

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Dec. 5, 2016 — Computer scientists are adding to the ocean of baseball statistics with what appears to be the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either just about guaranteed to win or ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — Studies going back several years have shown that playing action video games (AVG) can help improve visual acuity. A new study by vision scientists has found that children with poor vision see vast ... read more

Nov. 28, 2016 — The aim of a new research project was to analyze learning using Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the motivational and cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning ... read more

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