The Push For Realism; Focusing On The Wrong Things?

The next gen of consoles are arriving shortly and there’s an underlying theme that just keeps cropping up; realism. Whether that’s PS4′s more advanced DDR5 graphics slaughtering the Xbox One or developers’ fascination with open worlds at E3, the gaming experience is set to replicate real life even more closely.

Gamers have demanded better specs with each passing generation and despite differences getting smaller and more difficult to achieve, this hasn’t stopped the recent Frostbite Engine 3, CryEngine 3 and Unreal Engine 4 producing some incredible graphics that raise the bar once again.

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Unreal Engine 4…

The next step is clearly motion control and virtual reality but until then it’s the graphics that will get the main focus.

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Breaking Down The Last Of Us Ending; An Emotional Affair

Here’s the warning: SPOILER ALERT!!  The title should give it away, but if you haven’t completed the game, DO SO!

And on that note, last warning!

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Is EA Killing the Video Game Industry?

As EA put it so eloquently, ‘Challenge Everything’.  Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between pushing the boundaries of gaming innovation and making a server so bugged, it really is a challenge just to stay online.

SimCity

The city that never sleeps. And never works properly either

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Sandy Hook And Video Game Violence; Get Off The Bandwagon, There’s Nothing Here

Another terrible tragedy occurs in America.  But yet another dig at violent video games becomes possible.

Joe Lieberman appeared on Fox News recently to scorn over the impact of violent video games, calling for a ‘national commission’.

With little scientific proof to back him up, it seems a strong case of tunnel vision has created his mindset that violent video games are responsible for all that goes wrong with these terrible events.

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Gamer Alert…Are You An Addict?

Do you play video games for more than 2 hours a day?

Because according to the American Medical Association, you area heavy user and officially addicted on video games!

That doesn’t seem a lot for the majority of us that time may flash by in the blink of an eye for many.

Two hours of gaming certainly doesn’t equal an addict in my personal view.  So let’s dig a little deeper…

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5 Surprisingly Addicting Aspects of COD: Black Ops II

Call of Duty Black Ops 2

This is a guest post by Dusty.

Black Ops 2 has been out less than a month and it has already taken a lot of criticism.

If you haven’t bought the game yet, still consider doing so. Despite the criticism, there have been improvements made it is still extremely addicting.

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How Video Games Affect Your Brain – The Good, Bad and the Violent

Research has constantly proven video games have wide varying effects on the brain.

There’s studies all over the place, each one conflicting with the next.  Is gaming that significant on the brain?  Good or bad? Though you might be surprised to know gaming can actually do a lot of good for the mental health of many.

But like everything, moderation is the key.  Binging on anything from food to alcohol is likely to produce adverse results, and gaming is no different.  No matter what the upsides are, a 40 hour straight session on Skyrim is likely to be anything but good for you.

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So how exactly can gaming affect the way your brain works?

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