Virtual Reality Advancements

As of recent, virtual reality experiences have been increasing in popularity across the globe, especially within the gaming industry. Some of the most recent advancements have been made by the company Disney, as they created a VR force feedback jacket. The jacket also comes along with a VR headset and two motion sensitive controllers that…

The Future is Bright for the Graphics of Video Games

The introduction of video games began with simple 2D games, such as Pac-Man and Frogger. Now a days, with the use of newer technology, developers have managed to create incredibly realistic games. Recently, Epic Games (the developers of Fortnite) teamed up with a few other graphic design companies in attempt to make video game characters…

Can Video Games Predict Intelligence?

As we have learned over the course of this class, violent video games can lead to improvements in both cognition and reflex abilities. In November of 2017, ScienceDaily released an article stating that multiplayer online battle arena (MOBAs) games can be a significant predictor of intelligence, essentially acting as an IQ test. The researchers tested…

Recent News on Cheating in PUBG

Yesterday, BBC released an article stating that a code gang in China was arrested for the production of cheat programs. Specifically, these cheat codes were created for the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), allowing players to have a competitive advantage during gameplay. For those unfamiliar with PUBG, it is a multiplayer online battle royale game in which 100 players…

Is Pokémon Go a Racist Game?

It was interesting reading Allana Akhtar’s article Is Pokémon Go Racist?, as she points out a potential flaw in the game. She found there to be more PokéStops in predominantly white neighborhoods than that of predominantly black neighborhoods, and argues that both Hispanics and African Americans are both under appreciated and under represented in technological work spaces (for…

TED Talk on the Brain During Violent Video Games

Most of the research I have seen on how violent games are influencing children has only shown negative effects. However, Daphne Bavelier described during a TED talk (in 2012) that these action packed shooter games may actually have positive effects on the brain, when played in small doses. She first proves the commonly accepted statement –…