Thursday, August 24, 2006

Video Game News, Week of August 21

Gallery of Firsts From Second Life
Digital Media Wire 8/23/06
First virtual hotel, retailer, newspaper, more...

Study: Video Games Helps with Pain Tolerance
U14News 8/223/06
"According to a new test performed at the University of Maryland, video games are actually very beneficial to children who are sick or need to go through an intensive hospital procedure."

Tools Offered For Do-it-Yourself Video Games
Matt Slagle, AP 8/26/06
"Hoping to spur interest among video game enthusiasts, creative types and students, Microsoft Corp. said it plans to offer a consumer version of the professional software tools used to create video games for its Xbox 360 console."

Onlijne Video Games Found to Promote Sociability
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 8/19/06
"The researchers, Constance Steinkuehler and Dmitri Williams, claim that MMOs function not like solitary dungeon cells, but more like virtual coffee shops or pubs where something called "social bridging" takes place."

Video Games for Grown-Ups: Grandparents Welcome!
KSBI 52/
"...more than 2 million over-50 consumers each month playing and purchasing these games, and more than 50 million copies of games downloaded by "seniors" in the past five years."

Harnessing the Power of Video Games
by Reena Jana, Business Week Online 8/17/06
"A growing number of video games are being designed with health-related applications. Now, commercial publishers are getting in on the action."

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