Playing Video Games Actually Have A Lot Of Benefits

Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games may be thriving in recent weeks (or years) as a “booming” new industry, but that wasn’t always the case. Back then, people believed that video games were addicting sources of entertainment. That these video games were pointless and that they, uhm…rot your brain. Well, experts believe the contrary. A lot of researches had been conducted in order to prove otherwise and the scientists and researchers actually found a lot of benefits in playing video games. Here are the top benefits that video games might give you along with a few sample of games that might help you in that specific area.

Multitasking

Not Easy.
Yeah…the gist is, you will be controlling all of those at the SAME TIME. Easy, right? Nope.

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Try this: you’re watching the episodes of Game of Thrones because the new season is approaching really fast, while watching your kid, while writing this article, while doing another thing. Oh, look! You forgot your dinner on the stove. Handling this kind of scenario might be brain-wrecking for most people because they can’t handle multitasking. Well, worry not, my dear. Researchers found out that playing video games actually helps with doing (or at least paying attention to) multiple things at once.

But, it is important to note that this might be because the participants of the research were doing the same thing for thousands of times during the whole duration of the experiment which might be the reason why they were so good at it. It may be wonderful, fascinating even, to be able to do multiple things at once, but still you’ll be more efficient if you try to focus on just one task at a time.

Improved Attention

I know you've played something similar to this, right? Right?
I know you’ve played something similar to this, right? Right?

Games: Quake, Doom, Call of Duty, Overwatch, basically any action-packed games

Walking on a busy road, looking for a friend in a crowd or, following a ball during a game requires great effort and, sometimes, intense concentration; and these certain scenarios might be between life or death…ok, that may be taking it too far, nonetheless, it is a critical survival skill. In order to fully understand the relation between video games and Multiple Object Tracking (MOT), researchers from California designed, implemented, and evaluated TrackFX, a game that can be used by children as young as 30 months old.

The game is basically just like a hide-and-seek game where a ladybug and a spider are covered with leaves and were moved around. Then, after a few seconds, the movements stop and the player can then choose which leaf hides the ladybug. This way, the ladybug acts as the target and the spiders act as distractions. The results of the experiment were astonishing, the children still perform well despite the levels becoming more difficult.

Decision Making

Prof. Daphne Bavelier's test video game
Look at those dots! Oh, oh, oh!

Games: Tell-tale games, simulation games, and well…action games

One might look at gamers as if they are just ‘playing’ a game and not much is happening in their heads, but this is not the case. Each and every bit of a gaming session involves a lot of small and big decisions to be made; and some requires a reaction in a snap of a finger. This was further discussed by a team of researchers from New York. Oh and get this, the gender of a person doesn’t really matter.

What they did is that they assigned 14 people (half men, half women who haven’t played video games) to play two action games for no more than two hours a day up to a total of 50 hours. Then a second set of four men and seven women joined in but they played a Sims-like game where they direct the lives of the characters. Both of the groups improved greatly with the test game the researchers prepared but, action gamers responded faster. I can hear you cheering from here.

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That’s all I got for now. There are still a lot of benefits that video games may offer us, but just like what my momma used to say, “Too much of everything is not good”. How about you? What are the benefits that video games have to offer us? And, have you experienced the benefits of games first-hand? Comment them down below and let’s have a chat.

Take Buildings Down and Build for Profit in Demolish & Build Company 2017

An extremely fun simulation game has just been launched on Steam: Demolish & Build Company 2017. I like games whose titles tell you everything about the gameplay and this one makes no exception. Yes, it’s a game that give you the chance to destroy buildings for profit and fun: from wooden shacks to huge structures, using large vehicles or skilled workers, you will wreak havoc and destroy structures like there’s no tomorrow.

Then, you’ll use the money earned from this to build your own structures in an open world type of game to make even more money and become the construction mogul you’ve always dreamed of becoming. Who knows… maybe a future patch will even let you run for president!

All jokes aside, Demolish & Build Company 2017 is a really nice game for those who enjoy playing this type of simulation titles and spend hours maneuvering huge vehicles, roaming the open worlds and doing as they please, all while taking down huge structures and building others.

Just check out the trailer below to see all the amazing things you can do in Demolish & Build Company 2017:

I know that this is not a game for everybody since it has no aliens and rifles, but sometimes a blowtorch, a wrench and a multi-ton vehicle taking down a building with a huge concrete ball is just as fun. It’s up for you to decide – just make sure to check out the official Steam Store page of this game for even more details.

And don’t forget to let us know: did you try this game? Did you enjoy playing it?

EndCiv Preview: Rebuilding Humanity After the Apocalypse

Since I’m a huge fan of everything post-apocalyptic, I immediately accepted the offer to play a very early alpha stage of EndCiv, a survival/rebuilding post-apocalyptic game created by indie German studio Crowbox. You can’t say no to the opportunity of keeping alive a couple of survivors after an unknown catastrophic event, in a world where resources are mostly scrap metal and plastic bottles, dogs are flooding the lands and threaten to go crazy any moment and toilets are replaced by a hole dug in the ground, just meters away from your camp. And sometimes, even the hole is missing!

So I gladly started my EndCiv adventure, thinking about repopulating Earth (which was going to be difficult since I only had 2 male survivors), planning the design of my future base… I was confident. Just several minutes later, both my people were dead, after just a few days in the wild, killed by the lack of drinking water. And I hadn’t even managed to build them a bed!

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For the next try, I was ready: I built a few barrels to gather rain waiter, I built some crates for storage (because those scary dogs eat your cans of food if you don’t store them properly!) and I even managed to welcome two more survivors to my upcoming bustling city in the wastelands – or whatever you wish to call those barren lands. I even started building a shack but my guys were really unlucky: there was no rain for several days and eventually they all died because, well… there was no water! Oh, that drove me crazy!

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You will eventually build your base up and even get energy via solar panels! Eventually…

EndCiv is ruthless. EndCiv is not a game to take lightly and definitely not one to play it nice with you just to keep you happy. No, EndCiv is a real challenge and it throws the survival at you instantly. And that’s exactly what I loved about it – the fact that it makes you work for every achievement. No, you won’t have three houses built after a few minutes of playtime, nor you will already have a mini-farm up and running. Do you have enough resources to build a barrel? Now that will make you happy! Do you have enough to build a bed? Now that will make you even happier. Nothing’s easy and it’s exactly this what makes you enjoy every moment of play time.

Of course, I played an early Alpha stage and “early Alpha” means that there’s not really a ton of content in the game and you base your impression mostly on potential and the very few little things that you’re getting. In this build, there are just a few things that you can actually build or do, controlling your survivors seems a bit difficult and un-intuitive, while the difficulty level is a bit too much. I understand that water is vital, but there’s really no point in even trying if I only have two bottles of water for two survivors and absolutely no means to collect extra (yup, during one playthrough I did scavenge all the resources on a huge area, trying to survive until the next rain and still didn’t manage to do it, even though I did find a few extra bottles…)

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The guys are slow when it comes to building stuff, but things have to be done
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You’ll feel like Matt Damon on Mars, only being able to grow Potatoes at the moment…

But the atmosphere is great so far in the game and all those dogs (which, for now, seem to always be peaceful) are extremely scary and I was waiting for the moment when they went rabid. It never happened and I don’t really know if it will ever happen in this build, but certainly things will get better in the future. So will crafting and all those other amazing things that can be done to turn this game into an epic success… and I am sure it will happen.

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Nature’s calling… but at least he’s got more options than just a hole in the dirt!

EndCiv is now on Steam Greenlight and will most likely get greenlit very soon and then we’ll have the early access stage released to the public and I anticipate this one to be a huge success. But at the moment, with the current state of the game, there’s not a ton that you can do. Hopefully the devs will be injecting some extra content very soon and give us more crafting options, more items to play with and more fun times in the post-apocalypse. Right now, EndCiv is just the skeleton and it needs a lot of meat on those bones to remain memorable and to keep us playing for weeks. The good thing is that the skeleton itself is pretty much amazing and it shows a lot of promise and, judging from the start that the game has made, it will be pretty awesome.

Does that sound like a fair deal? Well... you can't be too picky!
Does that sound like a fair deal? Well… you can’t be too picky!

It’s really awesome as it is right now in it’s early Alpha, even though I can’t keep my survivors alive for long enough to get to the later stages of the game (apparently, other survivors will come and make your life even more miserable and you’ll have the chance to fight them!) But I plan to keep on playing and keep an eye for the game’s release on Steam. I certainly gave it my vote on Steam Greenlight and you should do the same. Just trust me on this – EndCiv’s going to be EPIC!

Mad Games Tycoon Cheats, Tips & Tricks to Build the Ultimate Game Studio

Mad Games

Well, since we’re all gamers here, I am sure that the prospect of actually playing a computer game that allows you to create games and build your own game development and publishing company is almost like a dream come true. Mad Games Tycoon does just like that (and does it a lot better than Game Dev Tycoon – has to be said because everybody compares the two games), but it also proves that it’s not always easy to make it in the video gaming industry.

I am here to share with you a bunch of Mad Games Tycoon cheats and tips – actually, more of tips and tricks than actual cheats – that will help you build the ultimate game studio, get the best possible scores and get the most out of the game on all difficulty levels (even though a separate guide for the almost impossible Legendary is coming). So let’s not waste any time and let’s move on to check out some Mad Games Tycoon tips and tricks!

1. Build your Research room ASAP
Probably the most important thing that you can do early on is to get a research room as soon as possible and start researching all the available features. When you have 4-5 of them, develop your first game engine and try to stick to the Arcade/Skill genre because those are unlocked by default. Also sell your engine on the market – go for a low acquisition price and don’t go over 15% of the profits. You will get regularly, even though quite randomly, some extremely useful extra cash from people using your game engine.

2. Keep developing game engines
Except from the fact that you will get to use your own game engine and not pay the huge amounts for purchased engines (they will get to over 40% of the profits!), you will also make some nice money from companies using them. Developing 8-10 engines and keeping the profit share at 15% is the way to go (I usually go for 10% to make sure that I max out the companies using it) should be enough. Make sure you pick popular genres (go for real life experience in this case) and you have the latest features unlocked.

3. Don’t rush the game development process
Unless you’re playing on easy, you will have a really tough time developing your games and actually making a profit. So don’t rush here – wait for the right time and do as many contract works as possible, focusing on getting them done on time. Grow your character and slowly you will be able to develop great games.

4. Mix the genres correctly
Or don’t mix them at all! An arcade-skill game might work, such as a strategy/sim combination, but don’t try a FPS/Strategy game – the history has proven that it doesn’t work. I ended up going for one single genre in most of the cases, but early on it’s good to mix and match in order to three star all genres. There is no need, though, to try and max them all out: get a bunch and focus on developing them – even if they’re not trending and popular, you can still develop games that will have a ton of success.

5. Numbers matter
Early on, you will be enough to develop a game in a timely manner, but slowly you should work on building up your team and increasing the numbers, otherwise you will have to wait way too long to develop games. I personally build two development studios and here is my approach:

I build the second development studio as soon as I have the money and go for two-person teams. I also keep two researchers, at this time, and after a few discoveries, I switch the researchers to developers because researching is, in my opinion, the best and fastest way to train your people. I either add a third game developer to each team as soon as I can afford it, or directly switch to a 4-people team when I get a larger office.

As soon as you unlock the AAA game, you will need 8 people working on such a project in order to complete it in a timely manner. Get your best people in the development team for the big projects, and you can still have the secondary team developing lower quality games and upping their experience. In the end, two 12 person teams should be enough.

6. How to increase your game sales?
There are a few methods to increase game sales and they are pretty obvious: marketing campaigns are the easiest way – the more you spend, the bigger the effect you get, but have in mind that low quality games won’t sell as well even with a ton of TV ads. Updates also give you a boost in sales, but don’t release any of these too late after the actual launch of your game otherwise the effect will be minor. I personally start working on an update as soon as the game is launched – this gives it a nice bonus early on.

7. Extra quality for your games
As soon as you have enough room for that, add two Sound and Game testing rooms – one for each of your development studios. These will boost your game quite a bit and you should have them working at all times to increase the stats of your titles.

8. Delete rooms you don’t need
Eventually, the research lab will become obsolete. The bathroom you have initially built might be too large. Don’t be afraid to delete the rooms and replace them with better ones. Perfectly optimizing the space is key if you want to maximize profits, especially later on when you will need game servers and production units.

9. How to choose your publishers
The more stars a publisher has, the better. However, I believe it’s more important for them to match your game’s genre. So don’t try to release a strategy with a publisher whose core audience loves fighting games because you won’t be able to get as many sales as you would if you matched the genre. Choose the same publishers over and over again to build up your trust and get more marketing for your games.

Eventually, though, I suggest publishing your own games. Build what’s needed (don’t forget that you also need a ton of storage!) and try first by publishing a few other games, and as soon as you know how many copies you can expect to sell, start publishing your own games. Getting into the publishing business is great because it also allows you to re-release older games and create game bundles for some extra money.

10. Remember the platform popularity
Even though all popular genres and topics are randomized each time you play, the popularity of each console is not (unless you specifically choose that option). In other words, once you know which are the consoles with the biggest market share, you know them for all upcoming games: a good advantage to plan your upcoming releases!

Rinse and repeat, train your staff and you will soon start to release games in the 90s score range and get a ton of awards and money. The beginning is difficult, but once you get the hang of it, everything becomes easy!

Do you have other tips and tricks – or maybe questions regarding Mad Games Tycoon? Let us know by commenting below

Football Manager 2015 Release Date Announced, New Features Incoming!

Football

Fans of the best football management game that was ever created – Football Manager – were eagerly awaiting to find out more details about their favorite title and the good news is here: Football Manager 2015 has been announced by Sports Interactive, with the release date being set for “sometime in November”.

Diehard fans of the series will not find this release date as a big surprise, since games in the series usually are released during the time. And even though an exact date has not been announced, it will surely be a Friday in early November, so probably we’ll see the game on November 7th or November 14th, with the regular pre-order bonus of playing the game one week sooner (although this has not been officially confirmed).

Football Manager 2015 is expected to feature a ton of improvements compared to last year’s iterations, probably one of the worst games in the series (at least in my opinion). New features have not been announced yet, but they will start to come out in October, so there’s a bit of waiting left to be done. I am sure that some “leaks” will still be heard until then.

So, Football Manager 2015 is coming! Prepare to forget about your lives and start a new season with your favorite club. Or one you have never heard about in your life!

Tropico 5 Windowed Mode: Where to Find It

With Tropico 5 just released, I already became the crazy dictator that Tropico always turns me into. However, in this particular iteration of the game, I had a pretty tough time finding an option that makes your life a lot easier when playing and doing something else at the same time: the Tropico 5 windowed mode.

And after almost jumping off the chair when I finally found the option, I decided to share it with you too because there might be other players in my situation, not knowing how to find the T5 Windowed Mode (because, in my opinion, it’s in a really unexpected place).

So, here you have it: if you want to play Tropico 5 in Windowed Mode, you will have to go to the game’s resolution settings and scroll all the way up, where you will find the “Windowed Mode” resolution. Yeah, pretty crazy, but at least it’s there and we can enjoy dictatorship and island building alongside other useless things on the internet at the same time.

Town-building Survival Sandbox Banished Game Comes to GOG

Banished

Banished is a beautiful indie hit in the making, a game that became very popular since its announcement and for all the right reasons: in Banished, you take control on a group of exiled people who have to start over their lives in the wilderness. With just a cart full of supplies, our group is up for a real challenge – one that you will love.

The townspeople work, build, get older, have children, and eventually die. Keeping them healthy, happy, and fed are essential to making a successful town grow. Any structure can be built at any time, provided that your people have collected the resources to do so. In other words, Banished is a town-building survival sandbox game, just as I said in the title. I’d add “a really great one, too!”.

Check out a gameplay trailer to see this great game in action:

If you want to give this one a go – and you really should – head over to GOG and download it for $19.99, DRM-free!

Silly Game Goat Simulator to Become Reality

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Do you know any huge things that started out as a joke? Well, Goat Simulator appears to be one of them after Coffee Stain Studios decided to turn what was initially an alpha footage hoax into a full game featuring… a silly goat. One that does silly stuff, gets hit by cars and wrecks things around. Just like that.

Initially, the Goat Simulator was presented via a joke video on YouTube, showing up some otherwise nice mechanics, a good physics engine and the silly goat in action. You can check it out below, it already got over 2 million views on YouTube and it will certainly not stop here:

The strange thing is that people considered this idea so amazing and fun that they demanded a full game to be launched. And since Coffee Stain Studios won’t say no to fellow gamers (especially since they did have some sort of a working game created), they decided to actually make Goat Simulator a reality. One in which you will control the silly goat and wreck things around. You can also use an axe glued to your huge goat tongue to… wreck even more things around. Oh, my!

Here’s the updated trailer showing some of the new stuff that the goat has learned:

You can keep an eye on the progress of Goat Simulator by checking out the game’s official website.