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According to researchers from the Queen Mary Univeristy and University College London, playing fast-paced, complicated games such as StarCraft can help non-gamers improve their higher-level compentencies such as cognitive flexibility.
In laymens terms, playing those complicated games can make you smarter. The researchers wanted to find out if playing the fast-paced games that required vast amounts of multitasking and quick-thinking would help, and it looks like it did. The researchers grabbed a group of non-gaming students, tasking them with playing StarCraft or The Sims, intensely, over a two-month period.
They simultaneously took a series of non-gaming tests, with the researchers discovering that the subjects who chose to play the click-heavy SarCraft performed at a higher rate in cognitive flexibility tasks than those who chose to play The Sims, which is a more sedate experience. Researcher Brian Glass said: "Previous research has demonstrated that action video games, such as Halo, can speed up decision making. The current work finds that real-time strategy games can promote our ability to think on-the-fly and learn from past mistakes."
Battlefield 4 isn't long away, but during an interview at Gamescom, DICE said that Battlefield 4 will launch with 10 multiplayer maps and 7 game modes. Comparing this to Battlefield 3, which launched with 9 maps and 5 game modes.
Battlefield 4's Commander mode will not work in all modes, and is limited to just objective-based modes such as Conquest, Rush and Obliteration. Obliteration, the latest game mode launching with BF4 was shown off quite a lot during Gamescom in Cologne last week. Battlefield 4 launches on most platforms apart from the Wii U on October 29.
UK-based publisher Reef Entertainment currently own the video game rights to the first two Terminator movies, 1984's The Terminator and 1991's incredible (to this day) Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
The publisher intend to make good use of the video game rights and have announced Terminators: The Video Game. Reef Entertainment intend to create a "high quality, authentic and exciting" game that does "great justice" to the films. Let's hope we get some of the original actors to come back to voice their roles in the games.
I have absolutely no faith in Terminators: The Video Game, but I would like to be pleasantly surprised.
Diablo III will be released on consoles on September 3, but there are those who are wondering if the expansion will be released onto consoles, too. During an interview with Polygon, game director Josh Mosquiera teased that this might just happen. He said: "We've got Diablo 3 on PC, we released it and then a small team splintered off to work on Diablo for the current consoles. Now the team's really focused on Reaper of Souls for PC. So if you look at the past, you can probably infer what the future might bring."
One of the biggest releases of the year is nearly upon us: Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V. But, over the last couple of days, there has been some controversy over the open-world title about to break sales records.
Leaks of gameplay and story details made their way to the Internet, all from a file in the European PlayStation Store's digital pre-order download of the game, forcing Sony and Rockstar to both make announcements regarding the leak. PlayStation Social Media Manager, Sid Shuman, said that the pre-order file has since been removed, and has apologized to "Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content."
Rockstar also made a statement, on a Rockstar Newswire post, where it was "deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. GTA5 represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17."
EA's Chief Operations Officer, Peter Moore, sat down with Engadget at Gamescom 2013, and had something quite interesting to say. In order for EA to continue being as strong as it is, they've had to continuously evolve.
This evolution has shifted from PCs to consoles, and now to the vast sea that is the Internet. The next generation of consoles is nearly here, with EA seeing two gigantic franchises about to enjoy new titles: Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. EA also has ex-Infinity Ward guys and girls under its wings, with Respawn Entertainment, too.
Engadget sat down with Moore, in the video above, and said that EA's dedication to online functionality in its games is unmatched: "We don't ship a game at EA that is offline."
The amount of hours I pumped into Shadow Warrior at LAN parties back in the day, which was many, many days ago now, was insane. It was such a great game for the time, not for graphics, for for one liners, and its incredibly awesome multiplayer goodness.
Well, the good news is that the 1997 first-person shooter is being re-imagined by Flying Wild Hog, and is hitting the PC grasshoppers on September 26. Enjoy the trailer above, and I'll be preparing my mini nuke to fire at my friends in multiplayer. For some more fun, there's a Lo Wang soundboard that I'm going to spend the rest of the night playing with!
The Metro series of games has been popular for publisher Deep Silver, who has revealed that they will continue developing more games in the series. Deep Silver recently acquired the rights to Metro from THQ earlier in the year for $5.9 million.
During an interview with Joystiq, Deep Silver CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said: "I'm very glad we acquired that brand. While it launched in a very dry space in the gaming calendar this year, it still got a lot of attention. Our ambition is to absolutely continue with that brand."
Deep Silver will need to acquire the rights from Dmitry Glukhovsky, who wrote the series of Metro novels, in order to continue with a sequel to Metro: Last Light. Kundratitz said this shouldn't be too hard, as Glukhovsky is a huge fan of the games, and has enjoyed contributing to them. Kundratitz also added: "He has been very positive contributing to the last game. I think he can play an active role for whatever comes in the future."
Activision is set to release the final DLC expansion pack for its hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops II just four days from today. Dubbed Apocalypse, the expansion will debut on the Xbox 360 first, with the rest of the systems seeing a release coming a few days later.
Apocalypse adds four new maps to the Black Ops II multiplayer mode, with two of them being completely new and two of them being recycled from Call of Duty World at War and another from the original Call of Duty Black Ops. With Activision poised to launch Call of Duty: Ghosts later this year on November 5, gamers will have some time to wear out the new Apocalypse DLC before moving on to the next title in the series.
Today, Crytek announced the newest version of its CryEngine and showed it off in a new demo video posted on YouTube. The developer says that the new engine will be scalable and compatible with all current and next-generation systems, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PCs.
Carl Jones, Business Development Director at Crytek:
Since CryENGINE 3 was launched in 2009, we've dramatically changed the engine so many times, with so many major new features, it's not the same engine anymore. We have revolutionised many parts of the engine: we have overhauled our entire lighting system, built movie quality character rendering and animation solutions, vastly improved the speed and effectiveness of our Sandbox editor, and even our rendering has changed with tessellation, pixel accurate displacement mapping and now physical based rendering; all of this while maintaining our first principal: that making games should be real-time, all the time. CRYENGINE is a new engine from Crytek - and it always will be!