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Psychologist explains gaming addiction, dangers posed to gamers

After news reports revealed a 32-year-old Taiwanese man died after an epic three-day gaming session, many people said he was foolish and should have known better. However, experts are speaking out to discuss the topic, due to increased headlines and more people suffering from these types of incidents. Prolonged gaming sessions can lead to health and psychological problems, including repetitive strain injuries all the way to visual hallucinations.

 

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"For me, addiction boils down to constant reinforcement, or put more simply, being constantly rewarded while playing the game," said Mark Griffiths, chartered psychologist and director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University, in an editorial posted on CNN.

 

He also explained the rewards that gamers can receive from continuous gaming.

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DayZ zombie game now has racked up more than 3 million sold

Bohemia Interactive announced that its open world PC zombie game DayZ has topped 3 million copies sold, after originally launching in December 2013.

 

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The game reached 1 million gamers in four weeks, and topped 2 million by May 2014 - and continues to generate interest after Bohemia Interactive began discussing a clearer roadmap for the title.

 

"We would like to say thank you to every single one of the three million players that have joined us on the journey of making DayZ," said David Durcak, project lead, in a statement published by Videogamer. "You all have helped make DayZ the best open world, zombie survival game. This is an amazing achievement, and we are really looking forward to start sharing with you all of our game design improvements, anti-hack solutions and other optimizations we have been working on for a majority of the last year."

Telltale Games' Game of Thrones Episode 2 is nearly here

Fans of the Game of Thrones game from Telltale Games should get excited, as the second episode of the six-part adventure game series is coming to Android devices on February 5.

 

 

The second episode is dubbed "The Lost Lords" with Telltale teasing fans of the series with a brand new trailer. The summary of the storyline for The Lost Lords should also have fans pumped: "House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath is occupied by Whitehill soldiers. The survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Placed at King's Landing, the epicenter of intrigue, Mira Forrester must weigh her loyalty to Margaery Tyrell against the needs of her family, while choosing how to play the political games of Tyrion Lannister. One misstep could spell doom for Mira and her entire family".

 

The summary continues: "To the far north, Gared Tuttle finds that the wall and its crows hold little love for a squire from the Wolfswood, but finds kinship in the bastard son of Ned Stark. Gared must prove worthy of becoming a ranger in order to carry out the mission given him; one that is vital to the future of those he serves. To the east, Asher Forrester, the exiled son, is called back to Westeros to aid his family, but how can one man help when the Boltons rule the north with an iron fist? Meanwhile, an unexpected source of hope returns to the Forresters, but Ironrath is no place for the weak".

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The first trailer to the Dead Rising movie is here, and it's hilarious

Most people probably didn't even know there was a Dead Rising movie coming out, but we're here to remind you about Dead Rising: Watchtower. You can check out the first trailer to it, below.

 

 

Fans of the series will love it, as it will be filled with zombie-killing action using a variety of weird and wonderful weapons, objects and more. I can't wait to check it out, even though I'm quite confident it's going to be one of the cheesiest movies I've ever seen. Bring it on.

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Get a glimpse: Elders React to playing Grand Theft Auto 5

Ever wonder what it'd be like if your grandparents played Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5? You don't have to wonder anymore, as the newest Elders React video shows us just that. Most of the elders in the video are familiar with the GTA franchise, but didn't have first-hand experience playing any of the game titles.

 

 

The React YouTube video channel has become popular for its videos showing how kids, teenagers, and older folks react to a number of different games, technologies, memes, and other popular Internet content.

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CD Projekt Red to launch The Witcher MOBA title for mobiles this week

While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt might not be coming out for a little while yet, CD Projekt Red and Fuero Games are working together for a MOBA title being released this week on Android and iOS.

 

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The Witcher Battle Arena is a new mobile MOBA title, which is set within the universe of The Witcher. In the free-to-play MOBA game, gamers will battle it over a 3-on-3 game, but you can also play the singleplayer side of things which is available, too. Heroes within The Witcher Battle Arena will feature their own special, distinct abilities and skills that will allow players to find the characters that work best for their play style.

 

The developers have said that The Witcher Battle Arena is not a "pay-to-win" experience, as it is a fully free-to-play title. Gamers can unlock any of the purchasable in-game content through playing the game. The developer explains: "Everything in the game is unlockable for free, just by playing the game. Our system is honest, well balanced and doesn't keep you playing for ages to unlock something. If you want to get something unlocked faster, you can purchase it for a reasonable price. It's that simple".

NVIDIA and Twitch team up for an exclusive look at Dying Light

Techland will be launching Dying Light on January 27, but before its launch, you can get an exclusive preview thanks to NVIDIA and Twitch. The preview will be showon on Saturday, January 24, at 10:00AM PST.

 

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You can watch it here, where the developer will be showing off the Be The Zombie mode, and Dying Light's hopefully awesome cooperative mode. Techland will be teasing the "crazy, over-powered Zombie hunt and destroy humans" gameplay according to NVIDIA. On the cooperative side of things, this mode allows you to eradicate the Zombies with your friends, which will be pretty awesome to do.

Latest trailer for COD: Advanced Warfare details Exo Zombies

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out, showing off the latest DLC pack which features Exo Zombies. The first part of the new DLC is called Havoc, which sees some pretty great voice talent stepping up to the plate.

 

 

We have John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal in the latest DLC. The Havoc DLC will go live on January 27 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, with the new DLC sporting four new multiplayer maps, the AE4 assault rifle, and Widowmaker custom variant. You can grab Havoc for $15 separately, but season pass owners will receive it for free.

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Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, underwear not counted

SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced that Alien: Isolation is a success, selling over one million copies across the world. This might not keep up with the insane sales of the latest Call of Duty or Battlefield, but for a game like this, it's big news.

 

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Horror games generally don't sell anywhere near as well as established franchises, especially first-person shooters like Call of Duty. But, Alien: Isolation has been received very well both with critics, and gamers. Let's hope we see the two team up for another outing in the Alien universe, cranking up the scares once again. Maybe with the launch of the Oculus Rift?

DirectX 12 will deliver up to 50% more performance in CPU-bound games

During its Windows 10 event, Microsoft teased so much that we've had to cover it in multiple stories, but one of the more PC centric talks was about DirectX 12.

 

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DirectX 12 will ship with Windows 10 later this year, and will provide developers with more power and control over their games, which will provide them with the ability to give gamers more complex, and better performing games. Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased that DX12 will reduce the power consumption of DX11 by 50%, which will allow many more mid-range mobile devices to run "high-end" mobile games.

 

Spencer also announced that Unity has adopted DirectX 12, which is big news in itself. This will allow games like Fable Legends to use DX12 to work between Windows 10 and Xbox One owners, and even cross-platform play, which is super exciting.

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