There’s an element of smug self-satisfaction as I arrange the cascade of technicolour Tetris blocks stacking up on my iPhone screen into towers, zapping them joyfully into oblivion like a joystick-giddy Marie Kondo. But then I misplace an L shape, the blocks become unsortable, like mounting utility bills, and I’m seized by an urge to hurl my smartphone at a passing editor. Yet video games — the bête noir of so many parents who blame them for their overwired, sleepless sprogs — are repositioning themselves as part of the solution, rather than the problem. Notably Tetris, which is heralded as a helpful tool to alleviate stress in new book Stress-Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Living a Stress-Free Life by neuroscientist Dr Mithu Storoni. It asserts that the 34-year-old arcade game can help limit the brain’s emotional reaction following an intensely stressful situation. It’s not just Tetris. “Brain-training” app Peak, … [Read more...] about Brain training: Could gaming become the new mindfulness?
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Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 5:24 PM EDT Mar 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — "There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy," Andrew Lelling, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, said at Tuesday's press conference announcing charges against dozens of parents for paying bribes to get their children into some of the nation's elite universities. Some would argue there already is. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans believe college admissions should be based on merit, weighted toward students with the best grades and the highest test scores. But wealthy and influential parents routinely use their privilege to game the college admissions process. And it's all perfectly legal. A famous example involves Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, whose acceptance letter from Harvard University arrived not long after his father, who at the time was a wealthy developer, pledged $2.5 … [Read more...] about College admissions scam: How elites legally game the system
George Schroeder USA TODAY Published 1:59 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 Welcome to the first Football Four Projection of 2018. Each week we’ll pick the Playoff bracket as if the season was over.* There’s not much body of work yet – only one data point per team – but some statements were made in Week 1. And there’s always the eye test, which mainly means we think this team is really, really good and so we’re putting them here. The Four 1. Alabama – In a terrifying development for the rest of college football, the Tide was terrific with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, though let’s be honest. Louisville was not going to present much of a challenge. Still, we saw more than enough to know Alabama has a potential difference-maker at quarterback. Nick Saban can tiptoe around the truth and get peeved at the questions all he wants, but we already saw the answer. RE-RANK: Auburn, Notre Dame and LSU make big moves forward ROUGH DEBUT: Florida … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff projection: Alabama leads way with Auburn, Ohio State and Oklahoma
Mike James USA TODAY Published 1:37 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 The organizers of a Madden NFL gaming tournament where an introverted gamer "disconnected from the real world" went on a shooting rampage and killed two contestants should have taken better precautions to protect people, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Gunman David Katz, 24, who had a history of mental issues, "concealed his weapon in his backpack within the venue, right under the nose" of the Jacksonville, Florida game bar supervisors and Electronic Arts Inc., makers of the hugely popular Madden video game, the lawsuit alleges. Katz, of Columbia, Maryland, killed himself after fatally shooting two gamers and wounding 10. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jacob Mitich, a Maryland man, college student, and avid gamer who was shot in Sunday's assault but survived. Among the defendants named are the GLHF Game Bar, Chicago Pizza & Sports Grille, and Electronic Arts. Mitich, who was shot in the leg, … [Read more...] about ‘Disconnected from real world’: Lawsuit alleges negligence in video game murders
Leamington will play host to a new video gaming festival next year, it has been announced. 'Interactive Futures' will be held at the Royal Spa Centre on Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2, and will be preceded by an academic conference for colleges and universities on Thursday January 31.It will offer a range of sessions and opportunities across three days for games professionals, content creators and curators, game players and families.The event will celebrate the heritage and success of Leamington's games community, whilst also providing a platform for all UK-based games professionals to gain industry insights.Known in the industry as 'Silicon Spa', Leamington and the surrounding area employs over 2,500 people in the industry and equates to over 10 per cent of the total UK games development workforce. The town has a history of over 30 years in the sector with local talent including companies such as Codemasters, SEGA and Ubisoft.The event is backed by Warwickshire County … [Read more...] about Leamington to host new video gaming festival