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Violent Video Games Shut Down Teenagers Reasoning while Increasing Emotional Arousal

Violent Video Games Shut Down Teenagers Reasoning while Increasing Emotional Arousal

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Adolescents that played violent video games had a lasting effect on the way their brain worked. They had a sustained increase in activity in the area of the brain that is responsible for emotional arousal. The teens also had a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that is used in executive function which is related to control, focus, and concentration. The study was first presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"Our study suggests that playing a certain type of violent video game may have different short-term effects on brain function than playing a nonviolent—but exciting—game," said Vincent P. Mathews, M.D., professor of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Nintendo Wii System Sold Out in Some Stores – Includes Body Movement Controllers – Competes With Playstation 3 and X-Box 360

Nintendo Wii System Sold Out in Some Stores – Includes Body Movement Controllers – Competes With Playstation 3 and X-Box 360

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Nintendo’s new Wii game console system that was released today has already sold-out in some stores. The Sony Playstation 3 sold-out in stores earlier this week and the $600 system has been selling on eBay for as much as $2,100.

Like the release of the Playstation earlier in the week, people lined up outside stores, sometimes braving the cold and wet weather. The Nintendo offering is much less expensive than Playstation or the X-box. The game sells for about $250. The Nintendo also uses game controllers that respond to hand and body movements, making the act of playing games a physical experience.

Playstation3 sold on eBay for upwards of $3,200 on Pre-sale

Playstation3 sold on eBay for upwards of $3,200 on Pre-sale

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Sony Playstation3 frenzy has arrived as the demand for the units are now selling on eBay for upwards of $3,200 for a 60GB unit.

A quick look around eBay and you will find a bidding frenzy for the Sony Playstation3 units with them all going into the thousands of dollars. Much anticipated for so long, many people are willing to spend way over retail to be one of the first people to own one for themselves.

If you can wait in line at the retailers that are open at midnight you might be able to buy a Playstation3 at regular retail price.

Sony PlayStation 3 starts selling on Thursday

Sony PlayStation 3 starts selling on Thursday

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This Thursday, US retailers will begin selling the much anticipated Sony PlayStation 3. The PSP3 will sell for $500 - $600 at retailers across the nation, and if shortages exist prices could skyrocket into the thousands on eBay.

USA today reported that shortages could create hefty profits for those that can get their hands on one to resell on either eBay or Craigslist.

Another big seller this holiday season is the Nintendo Wii which is scheduled to begin selling on Sunday. The price on the Ninetendo Wii is $250 and Popular Science has included Wii in their magazines top 10 innovations for 2006.

Xbox 360 and Computer Gaming - Microsoft to release XNA Game Studio Express make your own Games

Xbox 360 and Computer Gaming - Microsoft to release XNA Game Studio Express make your own Games

Microsoft is planning on showing off a toolkit called XNA Game Studio Express which allows you to make your own games for the Xbox 360 or a Windows PC. You would be able to develop games that could be played on both platforms with this set of developer’s tools. This is a unusual for these tool to be available for programming a game console with free software.

Microsoft will demonstrate the software at Gamefest which is a show for game developers being held in Seattle this week. There will be two different version of the software, one while be a free “express” version and another is a full set of Visual Studio tools for professional programmers.

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