Technology Design to Step up Your Game Technology Videos 

Technology Design to Step up Your Game

Accessibility is critical to extend the advantages of technology to as a large number of people as possible. Microsoft estimates that there are over a billion people with disabilities around the world, many of whom like to game. Hence, three years ago, the XBox Accessibility team started working on a new type of controller. They collaborated with occupational therapy groups and nonprofits to build the controller that people with disabilities needed. How does it work? What are its features? Watch this video from the Endgadget series. With smooth, rounded edges and…

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Sexism in gaming; games industry Science & Art Technology 

Another Look at Sexism in the Games Industry

Our partners at ResearchGate have interviewed two scientists about sexism and social dynamics in the gaming industry. These are their findings. Half of the 150 million gamers in the USA are now women. But instead of embracing the changing demographic, the massive growth in the number of women playing games is only making the gaming industry’s sexism and exclusion more apparent. We speak with Rachel Kowert and Johannes Breuer  authors of “Sexist Games=Sexist Gamers?” about the gaming industry, Tomb Raider and the issue of sexism. ResearchGate: What is your opinion of…

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Do action video games improve sensory-motor skills? (imagerymajestic via freedigitalphotos.net) Technology 

Action Video Games Boost Sensorimotor Skills

People who play action video games learn new sensorimotor skills more quickly than non-gamers do, according to a new study by psychology researchers at the University of Toronto. A new sensorimotor skill, such as riding a bike or typing, requires forming a new pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement. With such skills, an individual progresses from novice performance, characterized by a low degree of coordination, to expert performance, with a high degree of coordination. As a result of successful sensorimotor learning, a person can perform these tasks with greater…

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