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Technology: Advancements in motion tracking
Carnegie Mellon University via Science Daily (07 Oct. 2013)
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.
The appropriately strange journey of QWOP's creator from philosopher to game professor
Polygon (07 Oct. 2013)
Bennett Foddy had to make a difficult leap. Moving from one continent to another carries enough difficulties along with it — acquiring visas, scheduling the move, coordinating with his wife and her job, buying food for their new cat. But for Foddy, the biggest jump is not one of location but of profession.
When video games and stocks collide
CNET (06 Oct. 2013)
Video games have mimicked real life for years. Not even trading stocks on Wall Street is safe from virtual attempts to cheat at getting rich.
Warface producer: 'Sexy' female character skins result of 'cultural relativism'
GamesIndustry International (08 Oct. 2013)
Joshua Howard, lead producer on Crytek's free-to-play shooter Warface, has defended his team's decision to implement female soldier skins with "unrealistic" proportions and revealing uniforms, saying that they're the result of player feedback and represent a certain "cultural relativism".
Video game maker looks forward to its own sequel
Los Angeles Times (06 Oct. 2013)
Santa Monica maker of 'Call of Duty' and 'World of Warcraft' wants to break with French company Vivendi — which owns a majority of its shares — and give itself independence.
Video game courses score big on US college campuses
NBC News (12 Sept. 2013)
According to a new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), U.S. colleges and universities have taken to games a big way, now offering more coursework and degrees dedicated to the study of video games than ever before.
The brain gain: Why video games can make people happy
The Sydney Morning Herald (09 Oct. 2013)
Research has shown a range of benefits associated with playing video games, whatever their content. Games have shown improvements in mood, reductions in stress, and feelings of competence and autonomy.
Some video games promote unhealthy foods for kids
Michigan State University via Science Daily (07 Oct. 2013)
Not only do some online video games promote a less-than-active lifestyle for children, the content of some of these games also may be contributing to unhealthy diets. A team of Michigan State University researchers took a closer look at what are called advergames and found they have a tendency to promote foods that are chock full of fat, sugar and sodium.
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