pac-man-simple-games-1440x2560While headlines have been made by studies linking violent video games with aggressive behavior and bad moods, a recent Ohio State University study sheds light on a brighter prospect: Calming games can have an effect on players too.

The study, “Remain Calm. Be Kind: Effects of Relaxing Video Games on Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior,” was published online and soon will appear in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

People want to manage their moods,” said Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology and co-author of the report. “Relaxing” video games were defined as those that replace violent images and conquest objectives with soothing scenery and open-ended game play. In the study, participants who played those types of games reported having better moods than those who played violent or neutral games.

“Rather than revving them up, (relaxing games) calm them down,” said Bushman.

Participants were asked to compete in a reaction-time match in which they could award a partner money for being faster or punish a slower partner with a blast of loud noise — a validated method in testing aggression, he said.

“People who played the relaxing

games-282aPlus, there are video games for the apes

Azy lumbered into a glass-enclosed studio, tossed a barrel aside and clambered onto the platformlike seat closest to a computer touch screen. With a glance at Rob Shumaker on the other side of the glass, he pointed to the computer as if to say, “Well, I’m ready. Let’s do it.”

Shumaker nodded and through his microphone said, “OK.” Azy’s screen lit up with several symbols. Azy’s task was to the match pictures appearing above the screen by pointing to the appropriate learned symbols on his screen. The task changed when numbers appeared — the order of numbers was important, so 1 had to be pointed to before 2.

 

Katy shyly followed Azy at the studio computer but worked with fewer symbols. After her turn, Knobi returned to do the ones she was going to try before an earlier computer glitch delayed her session. She wanted the space to be clean, so first she tossed waste paper left by her predecessors out to Shumaker.

Then Rocky sauntered in. He wanted the barrel back, so he

games-569862-1920x1080-hq-dsk-wallpapersWatch_Dogs” takes players to an alternative version of Chicago where the city’s infrastructure is controlled by a massive computer system. Security cameras, traffic lights and drawbridges are all connected, providing security and efficiency to the city at the cost of privacy and autonomy.

As expert hacker Aiden Pearce, gamers are given access to the underside of this abusable interconnected system. Pearce confronts crime bosses and rival hackers on his journey of revenge, all the while using his magic smartphone as a tool to activate party tricks up and down Chicago. Being chased by hit men in cars? Cause a traffic snarl by turning all the stoplights green. Trying to sneak into a guarded facility? Hack into a sentry’s phone and make him receive a distracting phone call. This is the chewy center of “Watch_Dogs,” using the technology all around you to sneak and plot your way to your goal.

If only that promise could hold! “Watch_Dogs” simply does not have enough tricks in its bag, so the game continually falls back on a typical video game solution: just go shoot up the place. “Watch_Dogs” needs

Pixelhunters recently released a new game made with Unity called “Arabian Heroes”. Primarily with this game, we would like to provide entertainment in a Middle Eastern Style and save the world from the invasion of armies of bad crows, released by an evil sorcerer. Also we share with it how important is to have hopes in life. Whether there are difficulties – there are ways to build unity and peace in the world.

The game has four characters – Ahmed, Maryam, Amir and Lulu – also known as Arabian Heroes family. To start the game, the player will choose one character from the four main characters. The goal is to shoot the corrupted crows with a magical jelly made from dates. In order to find out which are the corrupted crows, our team created a help button which can be found in the ‘Home’ menu of game. This option will allow the player to distinguish different types of crows and symbols that will encounter throughout the game. Here are the symbols from Arabian Heroes game:

  • Blacro – One of the corrupted or enemy crows. This crow requires 1 hit point to shoot. To increase hit points, a player can buy upgrades using

The Last of Us” proved that there was still something worthwhile to drag out of the “let’s shoot zombies in video games” trend. This action-adventure game put the focus on quiet, personal moments between the lead characters, while still providing the intense combat you would expect from a loud, shooty video game. And in the final analysis, the low-key drama was much more fulfilling than the shooting. “Left Behind,” a new story add-on for “The Last of Us,” dives even deeper into unexpected moments of humanity amid the chaos of a ruined American civilization.

In the original “The Last of Us,” jaded guide Joel is tasked with transporting young Ellie across the U.S., as she is immune to the fungal virus that turned most of the population into monsters. The pair must contend with warring factions of survivors, decreasing supplies and, naturally, the fungus-zombies hiding around every corner. Perhaps the toughest challenges, however, are the constant reminders of what life used to be like as they make their way through abandoned homes and destroyed cities.

“Left Behind” is a prequel to the events of the main game, introducing Ellie’s friend Riley. Riley is about to skip town to join a resistance movement,

After announcing a North American summer tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI, the members of Linkin Park revealed Tuesday that they also have collaborated with a more unlikely partner for the release of their new music video — a video game.

By joining forces with Team Dakota, the folks behind the Xbox and Windows world-creation game “Project Spark,” the band has created the first fully-interactive and re-mixable music video within a video game for the new single “Guilty All the Same,” which was made available Tuesday morning.

The highly customizable, interactive video’s basic premise is that guilt follows the main character through his or her run through the game space, though everything else is pretty much up to the users and can be catered to their preferences.

Band member Joe Hahn first proposed the idea after seeing “Project Spark” at last year’s E3 games conference in Los Angeles.

“You could instantly create an idea, make a game or whatever is on the top of your mind way closer to the speed of thought than anything I had ever seen,” Hahn said.

After a lot of “back and forth work,” the final product came together, though Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said just about anyone

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous activity levels, according to a new study.

Kids who played the active video games also lost more weight than children who only followed the weight management program.

Traditionally, studies have examined what harms may come from children spending long hours sitting and playing video games.

“We thought – if you received active games – maybe we can turn this lemon into lemonade,” Dr. Deneen Vojta told Reuters Health.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous activity levels, according to a new study.

Kids who played the active video games also lost more weight than children who only followed the weight management program.

Traditionally, studies have examined what harms may come from children spending long hours sitting and playing video games.

“We thought – if you received active games – maybe we can turn this lemon into lemonade,” Dr. Deneen Vojta told Reuters Health.

They also found a greater percentage of children in the active-gaming group were no longer in the overweight category by the end of the

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Searchers, accompanied by documentary filmmakers, plan to scour a New Mexico landfill in an attempt to unearth a legendary dump of millions of unwanted “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game cartridges rumored to have been buried at the site in the early 1980s, organizers said on Friday.

The suspected entombment in the small city of Alamogordo has become a point of intrigue for gamers over the past three decades, as the product tie-in to the classic 1982 movie “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” was a mammoth flop, remembered as having contributed to a sudden collapse of the video game industry in its early years.

The excavation, slated for the weekend of April 26, will be chronicled in a documentary led by Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios, Microsoft said in a statement.

Filmmakers will set out to an old Alamogordo landfill, about 200 miles south of Albuquerque, to determine if the story of the video game cartridge burial is true, a Microsoft representative said.

The video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” hit store shelves in winter 1982 as part of a $25 million deal with director Steven Spielberg to license his movie idea with Warner Bros, the then-owner of game manufacturer Atari Corp.

In an effort to