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Men and Video Games

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There's a shortage of men in the workforce, and chances are you can find them on their parents couch.

Researchers at Princeton, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago have come up with another reason why young men don't have a full time job. Researchers say they're rejecting work because they have a better alternative; staying home and playing video games.  read more »

Tony Hawk

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He's known for his tricks on a skateboard; now Tony Hawk is rolling through the world of technology.

“I never imagined I would get to skateboard for a living past high school so everything is a great surprise to me now, but I’ve always been interested in technology.”

I talked to professional skateboarder Tony Hawk at a tech summit in Dublin, Ireland. Hawk turned professional when he was 14 and is considered one of the most influential riders of the sport. He retired from competitions in 1999, and now spends a lot of his time exploring the business end of skateboarding.

“We curate skate content, and still working on video games, so I’m definitely out there quite a bit.”  read more »

Guns Vs The Guitar

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Potential rock stars are left looking for a new outlet, now that the music has died on the video game guitar.

Earlier this week the company behind the Guitar Hero franchise announced it was pulling the plug after six years of rocking. This follows Viacom’s November decision of selling the Rock Band video games. While both games enjoyed a long time popularity spree, video game analysts say they can’t hold their own against the “shoot em up” games. Especially because they tend to be more expensive considering you need to buy the game, the guitar and the microphone just to play. Throw in the drum set and you’re imaginary rock band can put you out a couple hundred dollars.  read more »

Trigger Happy Decisions

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Have a big decision to make? You might want to take up a new trigger happy hobby.

Researchers from Rochester University in New York say people, who play violent, first person shooter games are able to make faster decisions in real life. Games like “Call of Duty” and “Unreal Tournament” leave you with a heightened sensitivity which leads to more efficient use of your senses.

Researcher Daphne Bavelier says these benefits only come from the more violent games, where the player is wandering around unsure of when the bad guy will appear. The player is relying on all their senses and only has seconds to make a move when something pops up.  read more »

Ruling the Tech World

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It seems like every few months a new gadget is being unveiled as the new hot item; but in the tech world, very few have staying power.  read more »