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Why playing video games with your child is a good thing

Right now, the news cycle in the US would rather blame mass shootings —17 and counting in 2019—on the effect of playing video games than on the wide availability of guns. WalMart has announced more restrictions on the games in store, rather than the guns they sell. But playing games with your young child is…

Here’s the problem with Virtual Reality

As VR is becoming commonplace in our lives, experts tell EDGAR there may be real side effects. Virtual Reality is not actually new, with basic systems having come out in the 1950s, but even up until recently it was little more than a gimmick, looking more like the video for Dire Straits Money For Nothing…

Does playing Tomb Raider really improve your IQ?

Does playing Tomb Raider really improve your IQ? It’s not as daft as it sounds. We may be in an era where we constantly bemoan the dumbing down of culture, but there is strong evidence to suggest that the huge increase in our daily exposure to technology — from using the Internet and smartphones to…

Games in the age of surveillance

Up until now the games released on the PS4 have not been especially great, but this was largely to be expected. As with most next-gen consoles, the first thing developers do is simply beef up the graphics of previous games and rush them out. Hence, the graphically-superior-but-essentially-the-same, releases like Tomb Raider and Call of Duty.…

Ouija boards – nothing to fear there… right?

The most interesting thing about the Ouija board is how out of hand the whole thing has become. Even to this day, it is still (technically) nothing more than a toy, the rights of which are owned by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro — the people who make Monopoly, Risk and Trivial Pursuit. Ouija…

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

No matter what PETA might think, there’s something hugely satisfying about making Darth Vader rampage though a wookiee village, literally causing fur to fly as he lobs the hairy warriors off bridges and parapets. Sadly you only play Vader at the start Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. After the first level, control switches to his…