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Where Are Your Gaming Roots?

January 24, 2015 in Gaming

Destiny

Pong arcade game

The Original Pong

I’ve been playing Destiny pretty much every day since the game arrived.
While researching for my next novel I came across the Arcade Game Museum This got me thinking about which game first turned me on to computer games.
This was tough. I’ve been playing arcade and console games for so long I can’t recall which one was first. Of course I remember ‘Pong’ I played somewhere, then there was asteroids and a bunch of other monochrome games. Then we got Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and the rest is a history we all share.

The First Playstation

Playstation

I dread to think about all the hours I spent on these machines and the first home computer and game machines I owned my self. Atari, Commodore, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation 1, 2, 3, 4, and all the PC games I used to play for hours on end.
I think two things kept me playing into adulthood. First that along with the constantly improving graphics, the stories in games became richer and nuanced. Characters changed from pixellated images with limited movement into recognisable representations of humans – facing various challenges in hundreds of different worlds.
It was this, games turning into something closer to interactive films, where you could guide the hero or heroine in overcoming one action-packed challenge after another in a quest to complete the game and the story.
The other equally important element for me was the ability to play with or against other like-minded people. It’s one of those amazing things us gamers take so much for granted we don’t even think about it.
Destiny continues the same themes. It gives us the most realistic worlds and an ever increasing range of challenges and games to play. Some people say the limited story and game-play in Destiny is boring. I’d say it’s a more appealing familiarity; one that gives us the opportunity to enjoy jamming familiar riffs with friends.
There’s only one downside; my writing. Nanopunk is out there to be purchased and Lightning Seed will be pout shortly. But the three books in the pipeline may take a little longer.

So where are your gaming roots?

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Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds

January 24, 2015 in neuroscience

Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity. …read more Source:: Science Daily. Mind & Brain

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Relationship between religion and educational attainment

January 24, 2015 in neuroscience

Researchers have long studied and documented the influence religion has on social groups; however, few have examined the role it plays in education. A new research article examines the relationship between religion and educational attainment in the US. …read more Source:: Science Daily. Mind & Brain

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‘July Effect’ doesn’t apply to length of surgery

January 24, 2015 in neuroscience

The “July Effect” — when newly trained physicians begin their residency at teaching hospitals, potentially increasing the risk of medical errors — doesn’t appear to lengthen surgeries during that month, according to an American study. …read more Source:: Science Daily. Mind & Brain

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Lucid Dreams and Metacognition

January 23, 2015 in neuroscience

By Neuroscience News According to new research, the brain area which enables self reflection is larger in those who have lucid dreams.

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