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How video games changed my life.

December 6, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

How video games changed my life.


Video games. Everyone likes them. Violent people. Everyone likes- N-no one likes them. But what if I told you that they’re connected and the same. I would know, because video games made me violent. And once you’re convinced, pick up our shirt to join the movement The “Video games made me violent – stay back” T-shirt BUY IT NOW Why am I doing this so early on in the video? (laughing) And here with me today, I have my friend Bianca Welcome. And, my editor Jonas. You always do the best sounds Yeah, that’s why you earned the big bucks. Umm, Let’s get started. (music) I don’t know about you, But I got introduced to video games with a home PC. My dad bought a home PC so he could, like, work from home And it was a super old PC. He would take floppy disks from work, And he would put the text files on there and take them home But I very quickly realized that this… Typewriter-computer could play video games So, Dad could never use the computer for working again Because I would be on it all the time Just playing all the best games Because I’m really old, STOP THE BULLYING No bullying in the comments I’m old, okay? Very secure It was DOS. It was just this operating system where you Literally need to, like, write in stuff like a hacker to do anything That’s how old I am. No bullying, but honestly It would have been really easy to get violent from video games already because I was playing this game called cosmonaut It was a jumping spaceship game there was a lot of hidden traps you had to memorize the stuff and it was really frustrating but the main thing that could and Probably should have made me violate. It was that there was an 8-bit motor sound and it sounded something like this It’s really annoying just imagine listening to that for hours and hours, I’m like, how did I not get a stroke? Imagine just listening to that for hours. I just want to go out right now, you know do some stabbing anyway, so my anyway So my dad noticed pretty early on my love for video games and he was like, I’m gonna use this in a positive way I’m gonna make sure that it’s like a good time for a job, but he will also do things that are good for him so my dad Programmed a V s racing game they wanted me and my sister to play against each other and the crux of the video game was that you got further on the track by answering my fish Nice try dad, right? It’s like he spent hours and hours programming this math game for me and my sister and I think I played it twice Why do you think I play video games dad? Like are you an idiot? It’s not that I can do math I Felt bad, right so like immediately I was like, oh, yeah, this sucks but then like I put it on a couple times when dad came home so it looked like I had been playing so I’ll be Like oh I can hear my dad opening the door. So I thought well, let’s turn on the math gaming Yeah, I mean he spent so much time on that game Really misinformed So yeah, I had been introduced to video games, but there was no violence yet And that’s how the video games gets you they start slow then make you feel comfortable. And then BAM you’re violent, right? Yeah. Yeah Yeah, yeah So, it’s Christmas I’m five-year-old Joe I’m opening a present from Grandma got the person right here what could it be? I have no idea what this is. I open it Jonas make some good VFX for this. Oh my god opening so great, huh? And it’s a Nintendo game boy guys it was for my grandma So obviously even five year-old Joel knew that grandma didn’t buy the Gameboy grandma gave money to dad Dad bought the gameboy on behalf of grandma. Don’t don’t try to fool me dad. There’s such a call at video on my dad Dad, stop doing all these nice things for me. And yeah, this was the original gamer I mean kids nowadays they grew up with like the gameboy advance or the Gameboy Advance SP or even gameboy color I guess if you’re almost as old with me, but I had the original black and whites Gameboy yeah, I’m old. Okay, stop the bullying stop the bullying no bullying in the comments. Don’t do it Shut up And there were some amazing games for the Gameboy. There were Mickey Mouse magic ones amazing game. This is the exposition Also some great sound I mean This is 8-bit guys. You guys don’t realize you liked this if you’re a kid in I don’t say This is the actual game Hey, I’m so young And so on and then we also had from Super Mario LEDs to 6 golden coins the best Mario game out there Fight me check this out guys. This is incredible Check that out guys It is pretty epic. Look at that No, it’s to power up such a great game Well back in my day we didn’t have color the world was in black and white everything Anyway, that’s a great joke, by the way. My dad used to do that one and my grandpa The thing with a gameboy was that the buttons felt so good and everything was so smooth It’s the reason I never got into you’re probably like Oh touch screen gaming. I Like my fruit ninja whatever. My first game was a lower across Windows 98. Oh Yeah, that one that oh my god, I liked it like you commits Like yeah, we want the characters have big boobs. And then when you see that you have to make them triangles You’re not like a let’s not do that Yeah, no, it’s better than not big. I want to triangle Anyway, I’m still not violent at this point in my gaming But I did get Obsessed and these are the first signs of how bad video games are for you is so I would bring the game boy on car Rides, I would bring it to the beach Oh bring it to school. Yeah What’s wrong with bringing it to the beach whole point is I was opposed to enjoy the beach I enjoyed the game boy at the beach Yeah And he would be stuff like, you know, mom, I don’t want to eat dinner. I’m fighting team rockets in the radio tower Are you you guys getting food? I’m gonna play my games My parents tried hiding the Gameboy to try to make me playlist didn’t work. I’d always find it I had a sixth sense for where they hid the Gameboy what really stopped it from totally consuming My life was that my eyes got tired from squinting in the tiny screen. I’ve like three hours I just couldn’t look at it anymore. My eyes would just want to close and like I started crying When I was eight years old I got sick and my dad still a good dad by the way He didn’t want me to be home alone bored all day. So he went to the video rental store. Remember those don’t bully me I’m not olds and he rented a Nintendo 64 and Mario Kart for me to play when I was home alone and sick because they Didn’t want me to be bored and that was a big mistake. It was too much fun I would win cups in Mario Kart just like the standard cups and it would get so excited So I called my dad every time I’d work my dad. I won the mushroom cup me but yeah, that’s great 15 minutes later dad. I won the Star Cup I just went on and on and I realized something really important If I lie about being sick, I get to stay home and play Nintendo 64. That’s how you do it So I did I lied two times. I would get to Nintendo 64 again Mario Cart. I got super mario 64 Amazing games but you know calling my dad ended up being my undoing because obviously I was too energetic and I worked way too hard of finishing the games and I would just call my dad all the time and clearly I was Not sick enough to be home, right the third time I said it was sick in like two weeks I was like they hate I’m sick go go get their new 10 64 dad I’m sick, and it was like well sure you can you can stay home from school if you’re sick But you’re not getting a Nintendo and I was instantly cured of my illness Something I was like, oh actually I feel pretty good now I could I could probably go to school and that was the end of that Later my dad bought a new computer and this was a Pentium 2 windows 95 computer top-of-the-line guys top of the line This was when I truly became an epic gamer But I got some ground rules for my parents rule. Number one finish homework before games rule number two No, violent video games rule number three no online games because that was really really extremely scared of viruses Which was probably like good at this point because people got viruses for you know That people use like click email attachments and get viruses and stuff before I would only be allowed to surf the web for 15 minutes a day because 15 minutes a day because I was like a dial-up connection It would go over the land line to block the phones and everything Obviously these four things are the best things of gaming violent games online gaming So obviously it was time Once again to start lying to the parents lying about homework was really easy just be like there was no homework Or I did the homework in school mom violent games more difficult because all my money I had I got from my parents and they would be able to be like Oh You can’t use it for this or that but I was born in the perfect time for this because there was CD burner piracy Basically, you could copy your friends games and there was nothing to stop you You could just copy a game onto like a CDR and they would work just as if you would have bought the games I’ve had a stash of secret games that I had copied from my friends and Really Just to be extra sure I hid them but I also wrote fake names on the CDs So half-life a really violent game. I wrote fee $4.99 on FIFA 95 I don’t know what FIFA what doesn’t matter but also Starcraft Starcraft is just like a top-down strategy game But that was also true violent for my parents. So I wrote Barbie nail designer on that. I don’t know That’s more suspicious not me I write anyway, I wrote that the hardest one July about and to circumvent was the 15 minutes internet limit that’s really difficult because my mom would talk to my aunt’s on the phone for hours and hours and there were no cell phones at This point it would be like she’d be on and then I couldn’t do the internet But the worst part is when I wasn’t lying like gaming with the buds doing whatever Counter-strike or something and my mom would lift the phone in the other room and she would hear the like mawdem sound So she would scream like sure and then I would get like a real scolding from mom. Well deserved scolding I deserved that another bad thing was that we would get billed such had the monthly costs of the Internet and it would specify Exactly what times I online? It was really expensive. Yeah, I think averaged about two hours a day instead of 15 minutes a day I think it’s nowadays do a lot more than two hours But like when you call that time That was definitely my mom and dad told me that I needed to cut down on the internet, but they never really stopped me I just kept on doing My biggest motivation for lying was friends. This was when MSN Messenger was big I was like writing with my friends sending like funny pictures So that was like my whole social life playing Counter Strike playing half-life Everything was online suddenly and I was willing to lie to my parents to have the friends. That just makes sense. I think But sadly this gaming culture and these friends we’re what led me to violence and now we’re getting there guys time for violent behavior time Okay, guys, I know you guys are gonna be convinced at the end of this so make sure to buy the shirt I am a really dangerous game or do it right now So my first real friend group, we played a lot of video games. We meet up and game together desktop computers We’re the only things that could play video games at the time No, one had a laptop and the laptop that existed were like so slow and bad. He couldn’t do anything on him It’s really hard to move around the desktop. So it only happened like a handful of times So instead an entrepreneur in my little town opened up a gaming cafe They had like eights computers in two rows and they had all the good games installed. It was awesome You could rent this place per hour So we would go there and play like a couple hours after school But the big events the big events was night Gibbs a night skip was an all-nighter at an internet cafe. Yeah And you’re like wow We were six friends. We would rented the whole place from 6:00 p.m. On Friday night to 6:00 a.m. On Saturday morning. I Mean that would kill me now, but at the time like I was 13 It really worked the owner would sleep in the back room and we could go like ding this little thing and he would sell us Like candy and Jolt Cola was important because otherwise you wouldn’t stay awake and I needed hail a candy and hail a Jolt Cola To survive and we play counter-strike. We will play Warcraft 3 tower defense. We play DotA quake 3 arena Starcraft all these amazing game It was literally the dream just being with five of your best friends playing video games all night. Oh, it’s so good It was more fun than anything else. I remember in my childhood pretty much we were all so together in an IRL space It’s so different from gaming now. It’s like sit in the teams and we would do bets on games We would watch funny videos together all this stuff. It’s just like an awesome gaming sleepover – the sleeps It’s like an awesome gaming wake over Yeah, but anyway this is when it gets sad guys Epps in the chat right now staying up all nights on just candy and soda makes you a bit unstable this is when Violence. Okay. There was this one guy in my friend group and he was the worst at video games and around 4:00 5:00 a.m In the middle of the night this guy he owned me Incredibly in counter-strike really bad and he was also really slugging like a bad winner about it. Oh, yeah Screw you Joel you’re drew I realized that he had like practiced during the week and got a better shooter got better at the game Screw that and my sugar dap 13 year old brain wouldn’t have it. This is not okay I went over there and I started hitting him on the arms start here on the arms and like in the belly. I Know the arms not in the face. Obviously. I’m not as savaged but Yeah, yeah and he started hitting back the arms in the belly and we ended up on the floor He’s fighting and friends have to like break it up and guys. That’s proof that violent video games Make you violent Help spread the word by the shirt right now video games made me violent stay back you and I as gamers we could snap at Any time people need to be aware by the shirt? Now but honestly, like kids are competitive whenever kids get competitive since the dawn of time they will fight But you know way more than making me violent, which I don’t think it did it connected me to your friends and it helped me sustain through like lonely times all these amazing video games and they’re also just fun and you know, I still play I just love me some games. That’s it So bought by the shirt since that doesn’t make any sense more, but still buy it. Ok. Bye Also, thank you guys so much for the nice response on the sorry video last week I was not expecting such a great response. You guys are awesome Thanks for supporting these new kinds of videos, and I wanted to mention that the discord server is awesome It’s been super nice to chat to you guys. Me and Jonas are on there regularly. Just chatting however I do not appreciate that people have started saying the pig Jonas that’s curtains this name on their Pig Jonas is their Lord and Savior and they’re saying that Jonas should take over. Don’t do that. Stop the bullying nothing like that on the discord servers. Stop that immediately And yeah, I will see you guys in the next video link to the discord in the description But no no Pig Jonas worship on there. Ok. Thank you guys, and I will see you next time. Bye

Top 25 Single-Player Android Games of All Time


25. 80 Days Journey around the
world in this modern retelling of the classic globetrotter. Step into the wandering boots of Phileas Fogg
as he prepares and struggles through his fourscore adventure around the steampunk universe. Plan out the best routes, and weave through
their rich, and interactive narrative. Meet the great icons of alternate history,
and share the experience with the world. It has a PlayScore of 8.72 24. VVVVV This is an indie platformer from the creators
of Super Hexagon. Play as Captain Viridian who has his ship
crashland in an uncharted realm. It’s up to you to rescue your crew. Move around this realm by flipping and jumping
across platforms. It’s simple, well executed, and super easy
to pick up. It has a PlayScore of 8.72 23. Botanicula Amanita Design’s adorable point and click
indie adventure with miniscule proportions. From the makers of the award-winning Machinarium
and Samorost series, lead five little tree creatures as they set on a journey to save
the last seed of their home from evil parasites. It has a PlayScore of 8.73 22. Million Onion Hotel An action puzzler form Onion Games. Set in a strange pixel world with a strange
hotel, enjoy a plethora of pixel patrons as they serve a magical onion soup with ridiculous
potential. Tap as many onions as you can and gain the
highest score! It has a PlayScore of 8.74 21. Flipping Legend Punch people with your magical fist, cast
spells, and unlock new weapons in this pattern-based adventure from Noodlecake Games. A test of your reflexes, use speed and rhythm
at your advantage to be the legendary flipping legend. It has a PlayScore of 8.74 20. Dragon Quest V Our second look at what would be the Zenithia
Trilogy, Dragon Quest V seems to show off the best of the series’ port to the Android. Originally released on the famicom, experience
the much awaited port on the go as you live 30 years in the life of their hero. A success more than decades after, it has
a PlayScore of 8.74 19. Causality Bending space and time into an adorable puzzler,
Causality has everything from vibrant visuals to technical ingenuity. Not so much a brain tickler, their grids of
mini astronauts will have you racking your brains for hours on. Bring them to their color-coded destinations
and bask in the delightful confusion, it has a PlayScore of 8.75 18. DANDY DUNGEON This is definitely not your usual dose of
RPG goodness. But, that seems to be the pattern for most
of Yoshiro Kimura’s collection. Taking on the classic JRPG look with 8bit
scenes and UIs, follow the tale of the boxer-clad Yamada-kun and his nightly ventures into his
own videogame world. A nostalgia ride with pixel visuals and chiptunes,
it has a PlayScore of 8.75 17. Alphabear From the developers of Bushido Bear, Spry
Fox constructs another Bear-filled title for their contemplative players. Lacking katana slashing but not without its
own kind of action, enhance your vocabulary skills as you spell out word after word for
them growing bears. Pick up your nearest dictionary to reach the
highest ranks of their leaderboards. It has a PlayScore of 8.76 16. You Must Build A Boat Eighty Eight Games’ sequel to the popular
1,000,000 blends their match three gameplay with the delights of dungeon crawling. It’s a hybrid of RPG and Puzzle gaming that’s
set entirely on a boat. Start off small as you travel the whole world
through a series of procedurally generated dungeons. Recruit your crew, eliminate monsters, collect
items, and build up your boat. It has a PlayScore of 8.76 15. Chaos Rings III The fourth game in Media Vision’s Chaos Rings
Series, this mobile Japanese RPG made its most awaited debut on the Android. It’s a full-scale RPG that will take you to
the coasts of Neo Paleo, a stepping stone in an explorers journey to a blue planet. Scavenge for hidden treasures, fight against
legendary monsters, and explore uninhabited lands. Fulfill your dreams because it has a PlayScore
of 8.78 14. Iron Marines From the creators of the award-winning Kingdom
Rush trilogy comes their very own version of a Sci-fi powered RTS slash Tower-Defense
game. As per usual, defend your bases with your
high powered towers. Recruit the greatest heroes of the galaxy
and lead them into dangerous missions. What does it take to save the galaxy? It has a PlayScore
of 8.80 13. LIMBO PlayDead’s monochromatic indie platformer
is a gem. This acclaimed puzzler dazzles you with its
creepy black and white setting and eerie atmosphere. Play as a young boy trying to find his way
out of this tormented place. Solve complicated puzzles that require timing
and ingenuity. It’s a fantastic entry to jumpstart PlayDead’s
success. It has a PlayScore of 8.83 12. Reigns: Her Majesty Devolver’s more feminine side of their Tinder-like
simulation game. As regal as ever, create your perfect kingdom
by attending to the concerns of your people. Swipe Left and Right to pick the perfect answer,
and watch your kingdom thrive amidst the drama. It receives a PlayScore of 8.84 11. Bridge Constructor Portal A hybrid of two of the most innovative games
on the market, Bridge Constructor and Portal. Enter Aperture Labs, and solve a multitude
of puzzles, requiring cooperation between construction bridges, and bending physics
with portals. It has a PlayScore of 8.85 10. Alto’s Adventure A surrealist endless runner snowboarding game
from Developer Snowman. Alto’s Adventure mesmerizes you with its
gorgeous art style set in the beautiful alpine hills. Wander through neighboring villages as you
grind rooftops and leap over cliffs with its graceful and fluid controls. It has a PlayScore of 8.85
9. Kingdom Rush The OG Tower Defense game that we all know
and loved. This is the first of Ironhide Studios’ award-winning
trilogy and this is where it all began. Defend your kingdom from waves of Orcs, Trolls,
Evil Wizards and other nasty creatures. Use your vast arsenal of magical towers to
quell this evil threat. It has a PlayScore of 8.87 8. Rusty Lake: Roots From the creators of the Cube Escape series,
this psychological point and click horror game lets you build your own family tree. Expand your bloodline by unlocking portraits
in the tree of life. Weave through each of the character’s lives
as you experience their history in the game’s unique storylines. It has a PlayScore of 8.89 7. Super Hexagon Terry Cavanagh’s ridiculous minimalist action-rhythm
game is not for the faint of heart. Using but mere reflexes, complete increasingly
difficult levels by evading jittery polygons. How long can you last? It receives a PlayScore of 8.91 6. Lara Croft GO Just like most of Square Enix’s GO games,
this is a turn-based puzzle spin-off of Lara Croft’s adventures. Explore ruins of an ancient civilization,
uncover secrets and face deadly challenges to solve the mystery of the Queen of Venom. It has a PlayScore of 8.96 5. Threes! A number slider puzzle game from Sirvo. It’s addicting, easy to pick up and it’s
full of replay value. Combine number 3’s and craft the biggest
number you can achieve. It’s a constant brain pumping app that’s
impossible to put down. It has a PlayScore of 8.96 4. Sorcery! 3 The PlayStore’s favorite choose-your-own-adventure
game becomes more interactive than ever before. A fitting adaptation of Steve Jackson’s interactive
gamebook, watch his world come alive with lovingly crafted maps and scenarios. While the game isn’t fully animated, its choice
of bookish artstyle definitely adds to the immersion. A fantasy game that’s faithful to its literary
roots. It has a PlayScore of 8.97 3. Mini Metro Create your own bustling minimalistic subway
layout in this strategy game from Dinosaur Polo Club. By connecting lines to their corresponding
polygonal stations, make the most efficient pathways using your limited resources. It has a PlayScore of 9.00 2. The Room The first of the long list of puzzles from
Fireproof Games. This three-dimensional puzzler takes you to
a creepy house with a mysterious box right in front of you. The game’s main selling point is its ludicrous
amount of creative puzzles. It’s a brain teaser, and it’s only just
the beginning of a massive franchise. It has a PlayScore of 9.03 1. And the best Single-Player game on the Android
is none other than Crashlands! Did you miss this game? Taking over our list once again, crashland
into a mysterious and hostile planet. It’s gameplay is grounded by four major
pillars: Craft, Build, Explore and Fight. Craft powerful items to dominate the planet;
build sustainable homes to survive the harsh environment; explore procedurally-generated
dungeons; and fight for your survival! It has a PlayScore of 9.10

Top 10 Sports Games on Xbox 360

December 3, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

Top 10 Sports Games on Xbox 360


Whatoplay presents the Top 10 Sports Games
on the Xbox 360 Of All Time This ranking is based on a 1 to 10 scoring
system that aggregates critic and gamer reviews into a unique score
called a PlayScore. As much as new reviews show up, and are added,
the PlayScore changes. Opening our list is Skate 2 This game’s open-world mechanic creates a
sense of freedom for skate lovers who just want to do anything they want to do in a skating
game. It also introduces a feature called the Skate
Video Editor(Replay Editor) which enables players to record their slick tricks and post
it on their Skate.Reel site. Talk about gnarly, dude. A PlayScore of 8.07 Ninth is UFC Undisputed 2010 This mixed martial arts fighting game boasts
improved fighting mechanics and game modes. Now you can clinch your opponent more and
more. This game includes 30 UFC fighters ranging
from different belt titles. Additional characters are also purchased via DLC’s and others are
console exclusives. Undisputed 2010 has a PlayScore of 8.17 Ranked Eighth is 2010 FIFA World Cup: South
Africa With enhanced gameplay mechanics and showcasing
over 10 World Cup Stadiums, Play over 199 out of the 204 teams that took part in the
2010 FIFA World Cup. Showcase your mad soccer- I mean football skills to the test and upload
it on EA Football World. It gets a PlayScore of 8.20 Seventh on the list is Top Spin 4 This game serves as one of the best Tennis
games in the Xbox 360 to date. It features smashing icons such as Roger Federer, Rafael
Nadal and the list just goes on. With its passion-filled depth of gameplay,
Tennis player or not, this will make you satisfied. Unfortunately, Xbox players can’t use the
Kinect but it does not stop the game from being critically acclaimed. Top Spin 4 has a PlayScore of 8.25 Sixth goes to Madden NFL 25 With all these Madden games going on, this
has got to be the highest claim considering it topped our sixth spot. This game first
utilized EA Sports’ “Ignite” Game Engine. Step up your game with the Connected Franchise
Career Mode. Improve your team and be the next all-stars. Madden NFL 25 gets a PlayScore of 8.43 Fifth is
NCAA Football 11 This game is developed by their Tiburon Branch.
And this game was released on multiplatform including iOs and Playstation 2. Similar to Madden in many ways, NCAA Football
11 maintains its own formula. The game boasts an excellent momentum engine which makes the
physics look realistic. For extended fun, Dynasty Play and Road To
Glory adds more enjoyment to the game. NCAA Football 11 gets PlayScore of 8.50 Fourth spot belongs to FIFA 10 Football and Soccer fans – Here it is! This
multi-platformed game has been dubbed as ‘the greatest football game of its generation’ It has a ton of changes in gameplay compared
to the game’s previous version. Manager Mode makes you the league boss and the Virtual
Pro creates your ideal player for competitions. The realism of its tweaked gameplay design
and the Stadium weather makes Football all the more fun for gamers. FIFA 10 gets a PlayScore of 8.52 Ranked Third is F1 2010 Be the driver and live the life. Powered by
their EGO 1.5 Engine, Codemasters buckles you up into a world where you actually feel
like a racecar driver. The game is praised for its solid attention
to detail. Like their dynamic weather system that makes a terrifyingly awesome racing experience.
Not to mention – F1 2010 won the Best Sports Game category at the BAFTA Video Game Awards. F1 2010 gets a PlayScore of 8.59 Second Best is NHL 11 This is a true videogame adaption of the National
Hockey League. This game was applauded for its realistic
physics-based gameplay despite other players somewhat disappointed at the A.I. for being
too weak. As much as these reviews go, there is no doubt that this is the highest-rated
NHL game to date. And oh, your Hockey Sticks break too! How
realistic can it get? NHL 11 gets a PlayScore of 8.60 Stay tuned for the Runners-Up right after
we reveal the number one. And the best Xbox 360 Sports Game is NBA 2K14 Was 2014 a good year? For NBA, It was. This is a no brainer. Back when LeBron James was in Miami Heat,
this game hits the three-point shot! Packed with LeBron’s “Path to Greatness Mode”, new
modes, and an always online DRM to keep you entertained for hours! Shooting hoops has never been this fun. NBA
2K14 has a PlayScore of 8.64

7 Psychological Benefits of Video Games

December 3, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 100 Comments

7 Psychological Benefits of Video Games


Video games are more popular than ever. Games like Fortnight have gone completely
mainstream, and now almost everybody considers themselves a gamer. In the past, video games have been looked
down; they have been accused of causing habits of violence or addictive behaviors. But what about the benefits of playing video
games? Here are some reasons you might want to game
hard in 2019. One; video games are linked with emotional
stability. Here at Psych2Go, we’re all about helping
and educating others on everything related to psychology, and emotional stability is
a huge part of that. A 2012 study suggested that immersive games
in particular, appear to be the most beneficial, because they allowed gamers to try out different
versions of themselves. Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are so immersive
that people can go anywhere and do anything. We’re allowed to explore our own personalities
and see what fits best with our ideal selves. And according to research, this helps a lot
with emotional stability. Three; video games improved Visumotor coordination. You might have heard previously that video
games improve hand-eye coordination, it’s true. In fact, a recent study found that video games
improve all Visumotor coordination which is when vision and movement work together to
produce actions. For example, in First-Person Shooters, gamers
must aim quickly and accurately at small targets. In driving games, we make small steering adjustments
at high speeds. When we boost our Visumotor coordination,
we get better at all kinds of tasks; including walking, driving, sports and even basic tasks,
like getting dressed in the morning. Four; playing certain video games boost social
skills. We all know that in 2019, some of the best
video games are the ones we can play online with our friends. But until recently, no one really considered
the benefits of these games. In 2014, a very interesting study was published
on the subject, which proposed that immersive social video games help gamers develop pro-social
skills. In these games, you have to figure out who
you can trust, who to make friends with and how to lead a group. And yes, those skills can definitely be transferred
from the game world in to the real world. Five, videogames are linked with better vision. We’ve been told that staring at a screen all
day is bad for our eyes, but what if videogames actually improves our vision? There have been quite a few studies on this. Games can boost visual contrast sensitivity,
which is basically the ability to distinguish between different shades of gray. One study even found that videogame treatments
can cure a lazy eye, which is also known as amblyopia. That being said, don’t stare at a screen all
day playing video games with the excuse of trying to improve your eyesight. Six; video games might help with dementia. Almost everyone’s a little fearful of getting
old, and one big reason is dementia. Once again, it’s video games to the rescue. A 2016 study found that playing video games
helped older patients restore their cognitive functions. This included benefits like improving walking
abilities, better moods and better social interactions with friends and family. Seven; video games can help teens blow off
steam. Being a teen isn’t easy and most of us remember
having a lot of pent up emotions during this time. If anybody needs to blow off some steam, it’s
your average teenager. And according to a 2007 study, video games
are a great way to do that. The study found that teens were relieving
a lot of stress by playing video games. So instead of causing aggression, video games
might actually be helping teens vent by getting aggressive in the game world instead of the
real world. To summarize this video, what’s your favorite
video game? Comment below. Share this video with a friend of yours who
plays. Also, we started a Patreon recently, if you’d
like to support our mission to make psychology more accessible for everyone, consider checking
out the link in the description below. Five people will randomly get a free physical
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Pokemon Go (Video Games)

December 2, 2019 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

Pokemon Go (Video Games)


Although you may not realize it, freedom of
movement is actually a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 13 of the Universal Declaration. No, we don’t mean the freedom to dance, or
twerk, or do the jerk until it hurts, we mean the freedom to move inside the borders of
one’s own country without needing to report your movement to your government, or to seek
your government’s approval. This might all sound like common sense, but
in reality, the denial of the freedom of movement is one of the main ways that totalitarian
and repressive regimes oppress people. In Nazi Germany, and in the Soviet Union under
Communism, you had to obtain an internal passport to be able to travel from one city to another. This is also true in many Communist societies
to this day. That’s why the ominous phrase, ‘show me your
papers,’ recalls our worst images of the governments who have turned against the people they have claimed
to serve. So, how does all this apply to Pokemon Go? Well, lately, over-enthusiastic Pokemon Go
players have gotten a bad reputation for moving around in public a little too much in their
quest for rare Pokemon creatures. Some players have wandered onto private property,
some have jumped fences in zoos, some have broken traffic and speeding laws, and many
more have risked walking into traffic or even off of cliffs. So what are your main freedom of movement
rights as someone who is playing a video game in public? Well, they’re pretty much the same as everyone
who’s not playing the game. This is good news, because that means you
have freedom of movement in the classic sense of the human rights term: you can travel anywhere,
at any time, to play the game in your home country. No passport needed. But, freedom also confers responsibility,
or obligation to others, so this means you can’t trespass, including jumping fences at
zoos, or block traffic when you should be on the sidewalk. You should never play the game while driving
or walking in dangerous areas. After all, rescuing people after they’ve fallen
off a cliff or been the victim of an accident is no game. There are first responders who are going to
have to save you, so even if you’re passionate about Pokemon Go, please remember there are
times when you need to stop playing the game and pay attention to the real world. After all, the best way to keep our rights
is to be responsible about using them for the sake of others.

Untitled Goose Game: Is it Good to be Bad?

December 1, 2019 | Articles, Blog | 59 Comments

Untitled Goose Game: Is it Good to be Bad?


If you’re on the social internet, at least
the parts I apparently frequent, then you’ve probably heard the good news about the goose. Untitled Goose Game has become something of
a phenomenon, as it seems the appeal of mildly inconveniencing the upper middle class via
the enigmatic hostility of a goose is a broad one, and it’s a concept simple enough that
you might question the need to discuss it here at all, that to take these kinds of games
that resonate so effectively on an emotional level and just… essay all over them, would
only detract from their majesty. But it’s this kind of self-indulgence that
forms the thematic core of Untitled Goose Game, and more than enacting my desire to be a horrible
goose and write essays on whatever I want, there’s something in the sudden ubiquity
of the goose that just invites curiosity. Even the developers have speculated that:
“There probably is something more interesting there, but I’m not sure what it is.”
And I’m all about searching for the thing that’s more interesting there, especially when I’m
not sure what it is. Despite its simplicity, Untitled Goose Game
taps into a range of histories and wider conversations: pastoral England, the animal rampage, silent
comedy, the apparently increasing allure of chaos, these are all held within the game,
and within the goose. *honk* Firstly, this isn’t the first game released
this year to centre its gameplay around the destructive whims of a wild animal. Ape Out provides a more violent, action-based
counterpart to the goose’s playful mischief And it also features an improvised accompaniment,
just one that is similarly more intense. And it certainly fits more neatly into the
image of the animal rampage – an idea generally poetically associated with carnality, turmoil
and freedom. Like in probably what is genuinely my favourite
poem ‘The Tiger’, not the one by William Blake but the one written by a six-year-old called
Nael: “The tiger; he destroyed his cage; yes; YES;
the tiger is out.” Those associations probably weren’t intended, but to an adult audience they seem almost inescapable. The goose doesn’t carry the same associations
of danger, anger or even sophistication as the tiger or the gorilla. This is not the righteous rage of a caged
animal. But, in its semi-wild semi-domestic position,
with its ability to intimidate and inconvenience but not really harm – the goose is an animal
with a much more nuanced relationship to its human adversaries. As one of the game’s developers, Jacob Strasser,
explained: “We very quickly realized that the low-level relationship between a goose
and person was really interesting and really rich, and had all this opportunity for depth
and nuance and humor.” And that in an early prototype of the game
with just the goose and the gardener: “No matter where he was in the world, the goose
would turn his head to look at the gardener. And the gardener would do the same. And just having those two characters look
at each other… in silence had all this stuff in it.” That silent stand-off between two figures
conveys an uneasy tension in its ambiguity, with neither character clearly in control,
just both aware of the other. The blankness of the goose has led many to
read their own intention into its chaos – potentially stemming from this interaction on twitter
– which elevated the goose to a leftist icon, an outcome supported, though not intended,
by developer Michael McMaster. But developer Jacob Strasser clarified that:
“… the goose is just a goose… this chaotic neutral character… just an animal who’s
not really aware of what they’re doing.” And Brian Feldman writes in Vulture that while
“the goose’s disrespect for private property” has contributed to a leftist interpretation,
“the goose’s self-centered approach” could equally represent “the winner-take-all philosophy
necessary to thrive in an unrepentantly capitalist age.” Laura Waddell, writing in The Scotsman, agrees
that “it’s hard to read a revolutionary spirit into this Goose. It’s not a cipher for the greater good…
just pointlessly horrible.” but continues to say that “the Goose’s
thoughts are gloriously unknown,” which brings “… its own kind of satisfaction.” The goose is intention-less, so you can read
whatever intention you want into it – or you can embrace the goose as what it is, intention-less. Because what’s interesting to me about the
goose isn’t that it’s an empty vessel to be filled, but that the vessel was empty to begin
with. That the goose is engaging in meaningless
destruction is satisfying in the way that just defying the status quo is satisfying
– a kind of anarchist fantasy. [Music: SNL – “I threw it on the ground!”] Sociologist Roger Caillois defined play as
“an occasion of pure waste: waste of time, energy, ingenuity, skill and often money.” but rather than framing waste as a negative,
it can be a way of rejecting the dominant structures that define worth based solely
on productivity and efficiency. [Music: SNL – ‘I Threw it on the Ground
“I’m not a part of this system. Man!”] But despite frequently being hailed as an
‘agent of chaos’, how chaotic is the goose, really? because while the act of play exists
outside of capitalist infrastructure, games still tend to reproduce it – as well as living
in capitalism we also play at capitalism. In their talk ‘Video Games and the Spirit
of Capitalism’, game designer Paolo Pedercini claimed that “computer games are the aesthetic
form of rationalisation.” These worlds are ‘goal oriented’ with elements
being reduced to means and ends. And despite its chaotic associations Untitled
Goose Game, with its itemised to-do list, is no different. As Ian Bogost pointed out in The Atlantic:
“The goose isn’t really wreaking havoc, it turns out. The goose is running errands.” But this doesn’t entirely erase the more radical
implications of the goose’s actions. In a world where everyone’s main motivation
is ‘put back’, the goose is denying ‘business as usual’, disrupting routines, with a list
that can be read as clues as much as tasks, clues to a whole world of possibility outside
of ‘put back’. Like, you see that ornament that you placed so neatly and carefully on the patio, had you considered maybe not? And as void of political motivation as the
goose might be – they’re undoubtedly the underdog. As Adam Harper writes in Frieze: “She is disempowered,
she is envious, and thus she is sympathetic…” The revolutionary promise of Untitled Goose
Game isn’t just about causing chaos, it’s about seizing power. This is where the purely personal motivations
a player can read into the goose meet the existing associations we can derive from the
game’s pre-existing context. As Adam Harper, again, writes in Frieze: “The
game directly accesses an English pastoral tradition, centuries in the making, and brings
all of its ambivalent cultural and ideological baggage with it.” Namely hierarchical baggage – a history of
class struggle, colonisation, monarchy and general oppression. Baggage that’s given physical form in a
castle, after we rampage through the model village as the big goose bod we were always
meant to be. We never see the real castle. The goose might be able to cause minor disruption
in the village but will always be denied access to the real site of power – but it’s bell
is heard, and through the association of order, systems and imposed rule, its presence is
always felt. And it’s the perfect final boss. Not only because the bell is a symbol of the
ultimate monarchical power structure, and so shiny, and so loud, but because it is just a symbol,
something that has no use or value to us, and it feels like such a victory
anyway. We don’t need to destroy the actual castle
to get what we want, we just need to take on the idea of it. As much as Untitled Goose Game deals with
boundaries and exclusion, it also deals separately with the idea of those things. It’s often only when the humans are so preoccupied
with upholding the idea of boundaries, making making their absurd ‘no goose’ signs I can’t read,
I’m a goose! that they literally leave our path
to bell-based victory wide open. Having free reign to destroy the model village
in all the oversized glory we could only dream of as one small goose in a human sized world
feels like destroying the very idea of rules, demolishing this world where everything would
always be perfect and in its place, so long as the things were in places that benefited
those in power. It’s a motif so befitting that it’s already
appeared in the film Hot Fuzz, which deals with the same small-town perfectionism, features
the shenanigans of another white feathered wildfowl and similarly ends with model village
destruction. I think this is why I actually never felt
the need to justify the goose’s actions, or I guess my actions as the player. This power imbalance felt inbuilt to me – and
so for I, the horrible, excluded, disenfranchised goose, an injustice has already been served. To steal a quote from Benjamin Myers’ novel
‘The Gallows Pole’, like the thieving goose I am: “Fuck the king because you can be
sure the king is already fucking you.” The game also accesses ideas of tradition
and repetition through slapstick comedy. We’ve seen these situations before – these
jokes, these moves, are familiar – and the final joke, revealing all the past bells the
goose has stolen, contains another layer of repetition. We’ve all been here before, the goose’s destruction
is just as cyclical as the routines it’s disrupting. It’s a constant fight. A new bell tower will be built and the goose
will destroy it all over again. But that doesn’t make the goose’s cycle equal
to the humans’ routines. This isn’t about ‘put back’. More than the thrill of shameless self-interest,
maybe being, not an agent of chaos but, an agent of change allows us to believe that
stealing these bells doesn’t just feel good, but that is good – that we should be fighting
for change. And in this context these leftist goose memes
make perfect sense. I know that’s a lot of political weight to
place on the shoulders of a goose just being a goose, but, just as a final note, there’s
a dedication at the end of the credits that comes across as equally critical of unjust
power structures. It states: “This game was made on the lands
of the Wurundjerl people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past
and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.” Though most of them don’t go as far as straight
up refusing to acknowledge the existence of Australia, this kind of statement isn’t uncommon
in Australia and there’s no reason to believe that this hints at a greater political message
within the game itself – but it’s an reflection of how historical injustice lies underneath
so much of our modern life. And I want to add ‘sovereignty was never ceded’
as a leftist goose slogan. We can’t really read any intention into the
goose, and maybe I got carried away and poured too much of my own excitement into its empty
goose heart – but, I like putting things where they aren’t supposed to be, whether
that’s unnecessarily academic analysis with a fun goose game, or everything in the lake. But I do think the fact that all these ideas
of boundaries, repetition, power and insurgence can be found in the game – introduced mostly
via association and so allowing the game to simultaneously retain its simplicity – is
ultimately, for me, what makes it so satisfying. That and the strange charm of a goose. That they’re small, silly looking, incapable
of real threat – but they have the confidence and attitude of an animal far beyond their
stature, and I admire that. You do you goose,
don’t let anyone get you down. And as much as we can justify our actions
by believing we’re avenging some great injustice, whether our motivations are derived from the
game’s setting or entirely imagined, the simple thrill of shameless self-indulgence is a powerful
one. Like how these videos that I make have been
getting more and more complex and wider and wider in scope and it feels good to just talk
about a game I really like – to momentarily become goose, destroyer of worlds, and aggressively
honk my thoughts all over everything. To insist on examining the social and philosophical
implications behind a fun game about a goose because shut up that’s why. The goose doesn’t have to manifest pure chaos
or even have clear motivation for it to embody the spirit of revolution. Breaking the cycle of unquestioned routine,
exploring options outside of ‘put back’, this can be radical just in itself. The goose is a force of change, a victory
of the powerless over the powerful. Be gay, do crime! yes YES, the goose is out *honk honk honk* Music: Cullah – Referent Power Music: “Power to the revolution,
power to the new age;” Music: “power to the people born and raised in a cage.” Music: “Power to the work, power to the play;
power to the moments that seem to last all day.”

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