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Study Suggests Gamers Have Better Academic Performance

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia conducted a study that tested reading, math and science skills of students who were 15 years of age. One of the factors considered in the study was how much time each student spends playing video games. The results suggested that the students who gamed most days did way better in every category, “scoring 15 points above average in math and reading, and 17 points above average in science.” (Seeker)

One argument can be made that gamers tend to do better in school because smarter kids might be more likely to play games than others (correlation does not equal causation). Additionally, kids that played games every single day without any breaks in between actually did worse on the academic tests.

The idea that gamers are smarter is nothing new. In 2004, SourceFed released a video titled “16 Ways Video Games Make You Smarter” which discusses research that demonstrates video games actually improve cognitive skills:

A similar study last year determined that gamers have more grey matter and better brain connectivity (Science Alert). Gaming can have beneficial effects on your brain such as hand-eye coordination and improved cognitive control. It is worth noting that other tasks that require skill like sports and art will have a similar effect on brain development.

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Project Sansar: The “Second Life” of VR

See ya later, real life! The creator of Second Life, the socially-focused online world, is looking for 3D content creators to make “social experiences in virtual reality” (Venturebeat).

Linden Lab recently put out an application for users of 3D Studio Max, Unity and other computer graphics programs for “Project Sansar“: an online virtual world that will soon be available for VR headsets. Project Sansar aims to make “it easier than ever before to create, share, and monetize your own social VR experiences”. Applicants who are accepted will receive an invitation later this year. We learned last year in an interview with Tom’s Hardware that the creators will be able “rent simulators that will let them build any VR experience they see fit.”

Here is an interview from last August where Second Life CEO Ebbe Altberg discusses content creation within Project Sansar:

Do you need experience with coding in order to create content for this new virtual reality platform? The short answer is no. While the application hints that you will need experience in order to be accepted for the testing program, the platform is designed so that anyone can create a VR experience:

“We believe we will democratize the medium of VR, we provide all of the difficult pieces of creating VR in our platform. We are lowering the barrier of entry to content creation.” -Second Life CEO Ebbe Altberg

Like Second Life, the new virtual reality platform will allow creators to buy and sell the items they create. If you’re interested in applying for Project Sansar or getting updates about the program, please visit https://projectsansar.com/creatorpreview.

(Featured Image by Nan Palmero)

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PlayStation 5 and Xbox 2 May be Launched Earlier than 2020

Reports are coming in that suggest that Microsoft and Sony could be launching their next-generation consoles earlier than we thought. The release date for both consoles has been predicted to be 2020 based on the histories of their previous release dates, however journalists at Techspot have argued that we may be able to get them sooner for a couple of reasons:

“The typical lifecycle of a premium console is around seven years in the mainstream and another three years or so before being put out to pasture. The next consoles from Sony and Microsoft, however, are expected to break this cycle and arrive ahead of schedule due to a number of factors.” – Shawn Knight at Techspot

One such factor is the rush to move toward 4K resolution or Ultra High Definition (UHD) which will feature higher resolution, faster refresh and better color quality than the current HDTVs. Game consoles will need to keep up with this trend as more people buy these new types of televisions. Another factor is virtual reality. With the release of Oculus VR on the horizon, today’s current consoles will take a backseat to three dimensional gaming environments if they don’t keep up with new technology.

This is all good news for gamers. Additionally, if rumors hold true, Xbox fans may see their favorite console released before PS5.

“Rumours indicate that gamers will most likely see the Xbox Two in action before PlayStation 5. It was confirmed recently that the Microsoft will be working on (or may possibly even already be working on) a successor to the Xbox One. Everyone is calling it the Xbox Two.” –Patrick Mabilog – Christian Today 

This competition between manufacturers is an exciting race toward the future of gaming.