The future is gaming: How new gamers are affecting society

The growth of technology and computer science made the video games part of the society. The effects of their presence are negative and positive. But it is definitely certain that the video gaming industry is growing and improving.

But how the video games are affecting on the society? Are the video games more and more consistent today? Well, certainly they are. Children and adults are including the video games in their lives every day, it is becoming like a routine. Here you will read about the positive and negative impact of the video games on the society.

What are the positive effects?

• Better coordination of the eyes

– It is commonly known that those people who are playing video games have better coordination of their eyes. They are becoming more skilled within time since they are practicing their eyes for longer period.

– Also it is known that the players can stimulate their body movements better and can become better. For example if a tennis player tends to play video games, he/she will have better coordination of the hands while playing.

– The virtual reality stimulation games are often used to train drivers and pilots. Such games help the pilots and the drivers to get used to the environment and get practice before going in the real world.

– The coordination and concentration of the eye is increased and people can learn without engaging someone’s life.

• Better training of the brain

– Some of the video games are designed with a purpose to give better training to the brain. “Players enjoy playing these types of games since they are asked to solve the game or to complete some challenge that requires increased activity of the brain, or a lot of thinking,” says Matthew Joyce who is a cognitive psychologist and works at Game Period.

– Players get great satisfaction at the end after they finish playing since they know that they solved something and learnt something new.

– People can learn more from the games than the classical learning.

• Better strategy and thinking skills

– Players often develop their strategy and thinking skills while playing some war games or strategy games that require a lot of thinking and making strategies in order to win. Instead of just playing with the character in the video game, the players needs to use the character to achieve success.

– The management games are also good video games since people think to plan and think throughout the game. The football games are often of this type.

– These games can help the players to think better and to become more adaptable. Since they are making decisions that would affect the real world, they need to think.


What are the negative effects?

• Isolation from the society

– The gamers are often isolated from the society since they spend a lot of their time playing games. This might result negatively on their social skills.

– Players usually say that they do not see the things that way since they have a lot of online friends and even they appreciate those friends than those they know in person. But since this is a virtual world they shouldn’t feel that much comfortable with the online friends because not everyone can be trusted.

– Sometimes the players spend 7-8 hours every day playing video games. The negative effects of this might be also back pain, headache, and much more.


• Negative effects in the education

– The excess playing of video games can result in some issues in the education and the learning process.

– Since the players spend a lot of time in front of the computer, they can lose the will for studying and be occupied only with the games. Some of the students do not even attend their classes from the excessive playing. Some of them even drop years at college or get stuck in big debts.

– The lack of sleep also affects the education.

• Cost issues

– The cost issues are another problem of the gamer. Due to the need to have all newly released games in their drawers, the gamers usually spend a lot of money in getting them.

– The gaming industry is very expensive, so the games are not cheap at all.

– The Internet, electricity, hardware costs are also among the expenses.

The future impact of the games

– Since we know that the video games are becoming more popular in the society, it is considered that the gaming industry will become more present in the lives of the people in the next 20 years.

– Since the tools used in the games are of a high technology, the people can learn a lot from the games before they actually start using their skills in the real environment.

EA releases latest iteration of FIFA Street (video)

Electronics Arts has released the latest iteration of its hugely popular football sim FIFA Street, bringing joy to many soccer fanatics all around. The game, allowing gamers to get street smart and enact their real-life rink-football skills on the big screen, has been one of the most eagerly awaited football games this year after EA’s FIFA 12 and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2012. As Wayne Rooney tweeted, “It’s all about the pannas!”

Sony Playstation phone gets a preview in China

We have already told you a lot about the sony playstation phone and we also showed you a playstation phone in action but today we shall give you a much in-depth detail about the phone.

Sony over the years had been great in the gaming sector especially with awesome controls that every game lover wanted but all this was before stiff competition was given by Microsoft(xbox) and Nintendo(Wii).For some reason sony has not been able to cope up with the rivals and their sales have comparatively deteriorated.

This was about fixed consoles. Now coming to portable consoles- The sony Psp has been legendary but in recent times nintendo(Gameboy,DS) and Apple(iTouch) have had most of the share of the gaming market.

Now since others have entered the gaming market it is time for Sony to enter the smartphone market and the Playstation phone is just the beginning.

Now finally more on the Sony Playstation Phone

1.It is a Xperia-branded device.

2.It is powered by a Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU.

3.The Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU shall be a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8255.

4.It will have a

1. Battery capacity of 1,500mAh.

2. 854 x 480 resolution on a 4-inch LCD.

3. 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash sans 720p video recording

4. 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM

5. A microSD slot, SIM slot, micro-USB

6. A second mic on the back for active noise cancellation

ps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-31-03-rm-eng.jpg
ps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-31-54-rm-eng.jpgps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-41-08-rm-eng.jpgps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-40-54-rm-eng.jpgps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-33-01-rm-eng.jpgps-phone-leak-2011-01-0619-31-40-rm-eng.jpg

Via-Engadget

Will The Gaming revolution Begin in The Mac?

Until now to be frank gaming has been poor on the Mac and a lot of gamers have shifted from Mac to Windows for gaming.

I don’t really know the reason why Developers and Gaming Companies have not yet invested in making games for the Mac. Maybe they did not find it profit oriented or useful.

It is surprising to see that games are already built and sold in million for the iOS devices but the Mac is yet far behind. With almost 90% of the world users being Windows and a lot  of them surely gamers Apple surely had to do something about the Gaming and entertainment part on the Mac.

Apple’s recent announcement of the Mac app store is a step by Apple CEO Steve Job’s in the right direction.

Surely the iPhone and iPad have been so successful because of the seamless and elite App store.

Also we understand that the apps at the app store are cheap and inexpensive i.e. Games are normally for around $3.99 to $9.99. This is quite cheap when you compare it with Windows Games which normally cost around $19.99 to $29.99.This may see the gaming industry boom in the Mac. Reasons are obvious and simple-Cheap games,Plenty of games to choose from.

The other thing that people have on their mind is the success of the Mac App store. It will be a treat to see the Mac app store being as successful as the other Apple app store because it will then revolutionize the Mac completely.

A few question that arise in my mind to which there are no definite answers. You can surely write your opinions in comments.

1.What will happen to my Mac. Will i have to JailBreak it too or can i use pirated apps or apps not excepted by Apple or will Apple have control over my Mac too just like it has in the iPhone,iPod touch and the iPad.Currently cracked apps work on the Mac

2.Will the 64Gb capacity in the new Macbook Air be enough for the never ending app store.

3.Is Apple trying to introduce Flash Memory because it has big plans of the Mac App store and its obvious that Apps work better with Flash Memory??

Razer giving away free Power Gaming Suite

Razer, celebrating reaching 1,33,337 fans on its Facebook page, is giving away the best you can get: The Ultimate Razer Power Gaming Suite – components of which will be totally decided by YOU.

In order to win the over-$500-worth kit, all you have to do is fill up a form which takes about a minute and you’re set to be one of the 1337 lucky winners to get your hands on what is called every gamer’s ‘dream’.

Until the 25th October 2010, one lucky fan will get to score the ultimate gaming suite powered by Razer – worth over US$500 – shipped right to your doorstep that will consist of Razer‘s suite of award winning gaming peripherals – A choice of your Professional Gaming Mouse, your ideal Professional Gaming Surface and Gaming Keyboard (just tell us which one you would like to have – it‘s yours), the Razer Megalodon 7.1 Gaming Audio Headset, Razer Armadillo2 Mouse Cable Management System, a Razer Attitude Tee, Razer Messenger Bag, Razer Gear Rack and a Razer l33t Pack.

So what are you waiting for? Do the needful right away!

Apple iPhone – the money making machine

Apple’s iPhone is not just a phone. Its a money making machine too.

“iPhone has been huge for us” claims PopCap CEO, Dave Roberts whose games have been a major hit with iPhone users and has yielded him millions of dollars. “I continue to be amazed at how much business we do on the iPhone” sighed a very ecstatic Roberts.

The gaming industry is just thriving in the new-found interest of users in mobile-gaming. Yes, previously too people used to play games on their phones. But the recent increase reveals a new high. And its but obvious no one wants to give up this opportunity to make money.

According to Roberts, 25 percent of the games publisher’s business is now in the mobile sector. Now that is a huge number considering so many other gaming options are available to us like Computer gaming, XBox, PlayStation, etc.

The mobile-gaming industry is booming, which is proved by the fact that PopCap’s Plants vs Zombies (game) amassed one million dollars in a mere nine days.

Social gaming is also kicking in, with 15 percent of their revenue coming from Facebook titles like Bejewelled who, for example, has 36 million Facebook users.

But apart from Apple’s iPhone, game-makers are also targeting other options. Android seems to be the next favorite: “We are certainly working on Android stuff. It is not quite as clean of an ecosystem as the iPhone is.”

Read the full interview on TechFlash

XBox360 launches in India

Here is some really good news for the gamers out there in India: Microsoft have launched a sleeker and smaller variant of the XBox360 in the country, priced slightly under 22k.

The console boasts of 250GB of memory and is totally WiFi enabled. It comes with a Wireless Controller, a headset (for Xbox Live) and a composite AV cable. It is even Kinect ready,  meaning it will seamlessly connect to the Kinect Sensor as and when you wish, to convert your body into “the controller”.

“The new 250 GB Xbox 360 console will bring about a paradigm shift in the way gaming is perceived in India as it comes prepared for the future. With this new Xbox 360 launch, we are enabling our customers with the best connected experience making gaming more entertaining and interactive. With more storage space one can store many more blockbuster games on the console itself and can also connect with others on Xbox LIVE, the world’s largest gaming social network” said Ashim Mathur, Marketing head for Microsoft’s Entertainment &  Devices Division.

  • Best buy: Rs. 21,990
  • Availability: Available at all leading electronic stores throughout the country


Zynga and Yahoo together in a new contract

Zynga’s new contract with Yahoo proves 1 thing which is simply states Zynga aims to spread it games much further than the social network-facebook.

Yahoo

Though the Zynga games like farmville and Mafia Wars have become one of the most exciting topics on facebook Zynga is trying to capture the online gaming market from all over the net.

This new deal means that now people will be able to play their games(Zynga games) even on yahoo and will also be able to update their status in yahoo.

This may also bring a fierce competition between yahoo and facebook(part of it is microsoft) and it would be interesting to see who wins the gaming battle.

Exclusive from Firstain: iPad released!!!!

The wait continues...
That's the place for the mega-launch!
That's the place for the mega-launch!

Apple Event Live Blog:

The lights are dimming. The show should start soon! 🙂

Steve is out!!!!

Its got it all!!!!!!

Browsing the web is much easier!:

iTunes Redefined!!!

Check out the video streaming!


Gaming takes a new level!!!

Key Features

  • See web pages as they were meant to be seen — one whole page at a time
  • Get a split-screen view, showing both an opened email and the messages in your Inbox
  • New Photos app displays the photos in an album as though they were in a stack
  • You can even use your iPad as a beautiful digital photo frame while your iPad is docked or charging
  • Easily move between wide-screen and full-screen with a double-tap
  • When watching in landscape, the video will automatically play in full screen and with its high-resolution display, the latest YouTube HD videos will look amazing
  • Browse by album, song, artist, or genre, with a simple flick
  • Listen to your music with either the powerful built-in speaker, or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones
  • iTunes Store: browse and buy music, TV shows, podcasts — or buy and rent movies — wirelessly
  • Almost 140,000 apps from the App Store
  • iBooks app is a great, new way to read and buy books
  • High-resolution Satellite and Street View images
  • Get not only a note-taking page but a list of all your notes
  • See an overview of a whole month, or the details of a single day
  • See both your complete contact list, and a single contact, simultaneously
  • The Home Screen gives you one-tap access to everything on iPad
  • Spotlight Search allows you to search across iPad, and all of its built-in apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, iPod, and Notes

Technical Specifications

Size and weight

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

Display

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Capacity

  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Processor

  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Audio playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Battery and power

  • Built-in 25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and output

  • Dock connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speakers
  • Microphone
  • SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

External buttons and controls

Wireless and cellular

Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

In the Box

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

TV and video

  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Mail attachment support

  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages

  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
  • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian

Accessibility

  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black display
  • Mono audio

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download fromwww.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download fromwww.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

iPad Accessories

iPad Keyboard Dock

The Keyboard Dock combines a dock for charging your iPad with a full-size keyboard. The dock has a rear 30-pin connector, which lets you connect to an electrical outlet using the USB Power Adapter, sync to your computer, and use accessories like the Camera Connection Kit. An audio jack lets you connect to a stereo or powered speakers.

iPad Case

The iPad Case not only protects the iPad, it can be used in various positions. So it’s easy to type, look at photos and slideshows, or watch movies.

iPad Dock

The iPad Dock lets you dock and charge iPad. The rear 30-pin connector lets you connect the iPad Dock to an electrical outlet using the USB Power Adapter, sync to your computer, and use accessories like the Camera Connection Kit. An audio jack lets you connect to a stereo or powered speakers.

iPad Camera Connection Kit

The Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera. The Camera Connector lets you import your photos and videos to iPad using the camera’s USB cable. Or you can use the SD Card Reader to import photos and videos directly from the camera’s SD card.

iPad USB Power Adapter

The 10W USB Power Adapter lets you charge your iPad directly through an electrical outlet. And the 6-foot-long power cable allows you to charge it from an even greater distance.

Environmental Status Report

iPad embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free LCD display
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure