A fun game, plus science advancement.
We recently set up a Foldit competition between gamers, undergraduate students and professional scientists. The winner might surprise you – and offer important possibilities for scientific research.
What makes a video game fun?
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Is there a way to objectively measure players' subjective enjoyment of any given video game?
When it comes to children and virtual reality, proceed with caution.
There is no doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing. But for families with young children, it may be wiser to wait a little before leaping headlong into this new reality.
One ethical consideration: How customizable should avatars be?
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A key element of enjoyment, it turns out, is the ability to fully experience a game. What ethical obligations do game designers have to ensure this?
Pokémon Go players gather in Union Square in New York, USA.
Augmented reality games have been around for more than a decade, so what was it about Pokémon GO that allowed it to become a global phenomenon?
Chris, Tim, Lachlan and Emma travelled to the University of Queensland’s Great Court to play Pokemon Go.
The Pokemon GO craze has transformed a generation of gamers who admit they would otherwise be inside watching TV, surfing the internet, or playing console games.
Playing Pokemon Go.
Within days of its release the new Pokémon Go had got people pounding the streets trying to capture virtual creatures. But already there are concerns over the risks it poses to gamers.
When girl gamers do well, men will often find ways to discredit the success.
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Many think that men are simply better than women at video games. Researchers recently compared performances of male and female gamers to determine if there's truth to this assumption.
These Second Life characters could form part of a fulfilling retirement.
If game producers get better at targeting older gamers, many effects of aging - social, cognitive and physical - could be reduced.
The Division video games uses eye tracking technology to help target the enemy.
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The ability to track where you are looking on screen opens up new options for video game players and developers. But is eye-tracking technology a gimmick or a game changer for the gaming industry?
League of Legends screenshot.
They may offer a cloak of anonymity, but you can peep behind the veil and learn a little about who's at the controls.