Research shows that old people feel less depressed when they play videogames

In a new study, senior citizen reported a better sense of well-being when they played videogames. The research was conducted by North Carolina State University which showed that the elderly, i.e., people over the age of 60 aren’t among the target demographic for video game makers though older folks who played videogames reported lesser levels of depression, fewer negative emotions and higher levels of emotional well-being than senior citizens who didn’t play videogames outstanding web hosting providers.  

Research shows that old people feel less depressed when they play videogames

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Tropes vs Women in Video Games releases first sensational video in the series

Last year, a mini media storm was kicked up by Kickstarter project “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” that was created by the group Feminist Frequency headed by media critic Anita Sarkeesian. The video series examines the story trope of the Damsel in Distress in gaming and the problematic portrayal of female characters as featured in some of the most iconic video games of all times. The project’s original goal was a meager $6,000 though it ultimately raised $158,922. The Kickstarter project was accused of sexism and misogyny and provoked severe criticism and backlash from many among the gaming community.

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Warner Bros. says third Batman Arkham game is set for 2013 release

The first two titles in the Batman Arkham series have fared pretty well which has prompted its makers Warner Bros. to consider releasing a third game as well. According to recent reports, the publisher has been seen telling its investors that a third addition to the Arkham gaming empire will be debuted sometime later in the year. John Martin, the CFO at Warner Bros. has been quoted as saying that a bunch of games are lined up for release this year which is sure to include the next title in the Batman Arkham franchise. The CFO also said that he expects the year 2013 to be better in more ways than one when compared to the kind of success they had in 2012.

 

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IndieCade Video Games Festival set for Astoria debut

This weekend, Museum of Moving Image in Queens will be invaded by the premier independent video games festival in the US. Dubbed the Sundance festival for the video game industry, annual L.A.-based event IndieCade will kick off the three day gaming extravaganza that will be replete with hands-on chances to play titles, presentations from industry experts and a number gaming workshops.

 

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Schell Games founder says demos harm game sales numbers

Game demos are awesome at providing buyers with a hint of what a game is like. Most people like to try a game before investing a certain amount of money into it. a lot of popular game series have hooked fans through these tantalizing demos that usually allow a player to play a title for free for an hour or for a few levels and if they like the game, they can purchase a registration key and unlock the full title.

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games to be released soon

Kids that were born in the last 15 years may never truly understand what kind of a relationship kids of the ‘80s and ‘90s have with animated characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mix the nostalgia value of the toons with this generation’s fascination for retro themed modern video games and you have a bestselling idea on your hands. The latest gimmick to join the segment is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games that have just been announced by Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing Minneapolis.

 

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67% Republicans consider video games more threatening than guns

The shocking mass shooting at an elementary school in Sandy Hook and the attack on a Sikh gurudwara by a white supremacist has the American public wondering whether the right to possess and carry firearms granted to individuals by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution has been misused by people who want to get away with having committed a crime. As the firearm ban debate rages in the country, nonprofit initiatives around the country are working hard at trying to get people with licensed firearms in their house to ensure that these are always kept out of kids’ reach.

 

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Zynga head honcho Pincus named 4th ‘Worst CEO’ of 2012

Sydney Finkelstein, the professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Hanover’s Dartmouth College has been compiling a list of the Worst CEOs in the world for three years now. Since the man teaches management techniques for a living, his word has more credit than those of journalism grads who write up such lists for business magazines. According to the professor, the man heading the biggest social gaming empire in the world is apparently not doing such a peachy job. Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga Inc. has been named the 4th worst CEO for the 2012 in the list.

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Top 7 Zynga Games

With more than 240 million monthly active users, Zynga Inc. has become the leading provider of social game services in the world. Connecting to players via Facebook.com, Google Android, Apple iOS, Tencent, Google+ and Zynga.com, the company’s presence on the global social gaming platform is quickly becoming one to seriously reckon with. As many as 6 of Zynga’s top crowd pullers made their way into the top 25 social games list by Facebook for the year 2012. Even though the company doesn’t pull in the same kind of players that is did in the 2008-10 period, its famous titles like Mafia Wars, Indiana Jones™ Adventure World, The Pioneer Trail, Café World, Empires & Allies, Words With Friends, CastleVille, FarmVille, , Hidden Chronicles and Zynga Poker continue to keep players coming back for more. Here are the top Zynga games that you too can enjoy.

1. FarmVille 2

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Facebook announces top 10 games of 2012

Facebook today revealed its annual list of top performing social games on its site. The list comprised of 25 entries that were drawn for the January-November 2012 period. Facebook used the same method of accessing these games’ performance as it uses to rank applications in its App Center. Only games that drew a minimum of 100,000 monthly active Facebook users were taken into account and the list comprised of mobile games integrated with the social networking site as well as games that were launched on Facebook.com in 2012.

1. SongPop

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