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Why can games bring drivers mixed blessings in the game of life?

Computer games can have conflicting consequences for motorists in the game of life, a new study suggests. Their gaming experience makes them more likely to pass their driving test first time, according to insurance company Privilege.

But this same confidence can also make them the most likely to have a car accident within 12 months of getting a full driver's licence. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of computer gamers pass their driving test at the first attempt compared with 58% of overall test applicants, the study found.

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Excessive gaming causes involuntary reactions

Playing video games for an extended period of time can cause involuntary actions in real-life situations, according to new research.

Investigating the effects of excessive gaming, scientists at Nottingham Trent University's International Gaming Research Unit found that it can lead to "automatic thoughts, impulses and behaviour" in people.

They recorded examples of brief dissociations and urges to perform in-game actions among participants in the study.

Some gamers, for example, reported involuntary ...

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FIFA fever grips fans early – but is it still in the Top 10 games?

Gaming fanatics have been given the chance to play the eagerly anticipated FIFA 14 earlier than expected.

The latest in the football gaming franchise hits the shelves on Friday, September 27 for around £39.99 - with some retailers opening at midnight to cater for the demand.

But a free app edition has been made available to download on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, to keep those waiting from losing ther minds!

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Study Concludes Online Gamers Must Face Restrictions to Prevent Addiction

Online gaming addiction needs to be taken more seriously by the companies behind the title, as a means by which to stem the tide of the escalating problem and reduce the need for government intervention. According to a new study carried out by Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent University researchers, gamers have been found to spend sessions of 90 hours or more glued to their screens and develop pathological addictions. One of the problems they cite is the way in which standard video games eventually come to an end, but certain online games have no conclusion and can technically go ...

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Grand Theft Auto V is fastest seller in Rockstar’s history

Grand Theft Auto V is fastest seller in Rockstar's history The Grand Theft Auto reboot has jumped straight into the fast lane by topping worldwide sales of 800 million US dollars (£496 million) on its opening day. Take-Two Interactive Software, the parent company of developer Rockstar Games, said Grand Theft Auto V delivered its highest first-day retail sales ever, after stores across the UK opened their doors at midnight for the special launch on Tuesday morning. Online retailer Amazon sold out of the game on pre-orders alone. The game, which cost around £170 million to make and market, could generate ...

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Can one of history’s top 10 games revive former glories?

The Grand Theft Auto franchise is already seen by many as one of the top 10 games of all time. But can its fifth and latest edition hit the heights of the previous versions?

Advance orders and fresh polls suggest it will, with thousands of gamers even planning to 'take a sickie' to play Grand Theft Auto V. Amazon has already sold out of copies. The release has generated so much interest that stores will open their doors at Monday midnight (September 16) for special ...

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Tron-like technology to transform ‘out-of-body’ gaming

Video games are becoming increasingly life-like. We seem to be rapidly approaching the fantasy of the film Tron: to be able to actually physically live within our games. But how realistic is this?

Graphics upgrades have already made this partially possible. Pioneering systems such as the Oculus Rift gaming headset, which you wear over your eyes to plunge yourself into those graphics, have edged us even closer.

But you still have to be sitting down as your ...

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Next-gen Xbox One console revealed by Microsoft

The next-generation Xbox One was unveiled by Microsoft as the world watched and gamers looked on in awe. The sleek black machine was unveiled at Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington in an event that was also beamed into the homes of millions watching online across the globe. The new machine features voice and motion control and has been branded an "all-in-one system" for games, live television, films and music. It will be released later this year. New Kinect sensor and game pad Xbox One sports an improved Kinect camera sensor which has been upgraded to better analyse the way people's bodies ...

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Could video games be good for your child’s health?

Could video games be good for your child's health? Video games are good for your children. But only if they're also a form of exercise, such as Xbox-Kinect or Wii fit games, according to a new report. Scientists studied the impact on youngsters of exergaming, which uses active console video games that trail participant movement to control the game. The Journal of Paediatrics said that researchers from The University of Western Australia, Liverpool John Moores University, and Swansea University analysed 15 children, aged nine to 11. The players enjoyed 15 minutes each of high-intensity exergaming (Kinect Sports - 200m Hurdles), ...

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Are you game enough to use new Google Play services?

Internet giant Google is taking gaming on Android devices to a whole new level with its new Google Play games services.

Cool features such as leaderboards, multiplay and achievements will allow makers of Android games to incorporate social features similar to those iPhone and iPad users enjoy with Apple's Game Center.

The plans were unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, but Google wants its users to be able to do much more than just ...

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