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Scientific evidence links violent game play with youth aggression

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Claims like this are based on the work of researchers who represent one relatively narrow school of research, “media effects.” This research includes some 300 studies of media violence. But most of those studies are inconclusive and many have been criticized on methodological grounds. In these studies, media images are removed from any narrative context. Subjects are asked to engage with content that they would not normally consume and may not understand. Finally, the laboratory context is radically different from the environments where games would normally be played. Most studies found a correlation, not a causal relationship, which means the research could simply show that aggressive people like aggressive entertainment. That’s why the vague term “links” is used here. If there is a consensus emerging around this research, it is that violent video games may be one risk factor – when coupled with other more immediate, real-world influences — which can contribute to anti-social behavior. But no research has found that video games are a primary factor or that violent video game play could turn an otherwise normal person into a killer.

Already 62 percent of the console market and 66 percent of the PC market is age 18 or older. The game industry caters to adult tastes. Meanwhile, a sizable number of parents ignore game ratings because they assume that games are for kids. One quarter of children ages 11 to 16 identify an M-Rated (Mature Content) game as among their favorites. Clearly, more should be done to restrict advertising and marketing that targets young consumers with mature content, and to educate parents about the media choices they are facing. But parents need to share some of the responsibility for making decisions about what is appropriate for their children. The news on this front is not all bad. The Federal Trade Commission has found that 83 percent of game purchases for underage consumers are made by parents or by parents and children together.

Former military psychologist argues that because the military uses games in training (including, he claims, training soldiers to shoot and kill), the generation of young people who play such games are similarly being brutalized and conditioned to be aggressive in their everyday social interactions.

The military uses games as part of a specific curriculum, with clearly defined goals, in a context where students actively want to learn and have a need for the information being transmitted. There are consequences for not mastering those skills. Players search for newer, better solutions to problems and challenges, he says. And they are encouraged to constantly form and test hypotheses. This research points to a fundamentally different model of how and what players learn from games.

Violent video games make good for brain & give your kids knowing skills became clear also smarter. -Researcher

The study says shoot-to-kill video games improve quick-thinking and make players more able to cope with the demands of modern life. It refutes claims video games turn teenagers into violent criminals — and argues parents should encourage their kids to enjoy a bit of virtual blood-and-guts. The team of researchers from the Netherlands also say games consoles should be installed in NURSING HOMES.

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Assistant Professor Dr Lorenza Colzato, of Leiden University’s psychology department, said: “Playing video games helps the natural reflexes, it makes players more responsive and able to switch between different tasks. “This type of thinking is very practical for the modern lifestyle where people are doing so many things at the one time. “They may be checking their email, then taking a phone call. They need to be flexible.”

She added: “If someone likes violent video games it does not mean they will engage in anti-social behaviour. Parents should not be scared to let their children play video games.” Prof Colzato said the skills learned from the video games would help people in fast-paced jobs. And they could even help elderly people fight off the signs of ageing. She said: “If elderly people had a lot of problems with their thinking they could play video games to improve their minds. “This could become a common nursing home activity, it would be a successful strategy.” The report, compiled at the Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam, was published in the journal Frontiers in Cognition.

STILL the best medium for gain future technology to every youngsters in the world.

There’s still a tendency to think of video games as a big wad of time-wasting content. Games are a medium. They’re not inherently good or bad. After years of focusing on the bad – and there are still legitimate concerns, for instance, about the psychological effects of certain violent games – scientists are increasingly examining the potential benefits of video games. Studies are revealing that a wide variety of games can boost mental function, improving everything from vision to memory. Still unclear is whether these gains are long-lasting and can be applied to non-game tasks. But video games, it seems, might actually be good for the brain.

 

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Copyright 2012 by videogamerevolution.com, YouTube & The Sun

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The Avengers are MARVEL future team icon

The Avengers 2012

Summary on this movie : 

Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

Cast :

  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist with a mechanical suit of armor of his own invention. Downey was cast as part of his four-picture deal with Marvel Studios, which includes Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Downey stated that he initially pushed Whedon to make Stark the lead revealing, “Well, I said, ‘I need to be in the opening sequence. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but Tony needs to drive this thing.’ He was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that.’ We tried it and it didn’t work, because this is a different sort of thing, the story and the idea and the theme is the theme, and everybody is just an arm of the octopus.” About the character’s evolution from previous films, Downey commented, “In Iron Man, which was an origin story, he was his own epiphany and redemption of sorts. Iron Man 2 is all about not being an island, dealing with legacy issues and making space for others… In The Avengers, he’s throwing it down with the others”.
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum. Evans was cast as part of a deal to star in three Marvel films, in addition to The Avengers. Evans stated that Steve Rogers is much darker in The Avengers, explaining, “It’s just about him trying to come to terms with the modern world. You’ve got to imagine, it’s enough of a shock to accept the fact that you’re in a completely different time, but everybody you know is dead. Everybody you cared about… He was a soldier, obviously, everybody he went to battle with, all of his brothers in arms, they’re all dead. He’s just lonely. I think in the beginning it’s a fish out of water scene, and it’s tough. It’s a tough pill for him to swallow. Then comes trying to find a balance with the modern world.” Regarding the dynamic between Captain America and Tony Stark, Evans remarked, “I think there’s certainly a dichotomy—this kind of friction between myself and Tony Stark, they’re polar opposites. One guy is flash and spotlight and smooth, and the other guy is selfless and in the shadows and kind of quiet and they have to get along. They explore that, and it’s pretty fun”.
  • Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk:
      A genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or excited. Ruffalo was cast after negotiations between Marvel and Edward Norton broke down.

 

      About replacing Edward Norton, Ruffalo said, “I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s

Hamlet

      .” About the character he stated, “He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself—the dark and the light—and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at the Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities”. Regarding the Hulk’s place on the team Ruffalo said, “He’s like the teammate none of them are sure they want on their team. He’s a loose cannon. It’s like, ‘Just throw a grenade in the middle of the group and let’s hope it turns out well”! Ruffalo also told

New York 

      magazine that unlike previous incarnations, he will actually play the Hulk, “I’m really excited. No one’s ever played the Hulk exactly, they’ve always done CGI. They’re going to do the

Avatar

       stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I’ll actually play the Hulk. That’ll be fun”. About his preparation for the role Ruffalo joked, “I’ve lost 15 pounds and I’ve put another five on of just strapping, pure USDA beef… They want me mean and lean, but they don’t want me big and buff”.

      • Lou Ferrigno will voice the Hulk.
      • Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
The god of thunder based on the Norse deity of the same name. Hemsworth was cast as part of a multiple movie deal. He had previously worked with Joss Whedon on The Cabin in the Woods. Hemsworth stated that he was able to maintain the strength he built up for Thor by increasing his food intake, consisting of a number of chicken breasts, fish, steak and eggs a day. When asked exactly how much, Hemsworth joked, “My body weight in protein pretty much!” About Thor’s motivations Hemsworth remarked, “I think [Thor’s] motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for me, or for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do vs. it’s his little brother there… I’ve been frustrated with my brothers at times, or family, but I’m the only one who is allowed to be angry at them. There’s a bit of that.”
      • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy working for the international peacekeeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. About the character and her relationship with Hawkeye, Johansson commented, “Our characters have a long history, they’ve fought together for a long time in a lot of battles in many different countries. We’re the two members of this avenging group who are skilled warriors – we have no superpowers. Black Widow is definitely one of the team though. She’s not in the cast simply to be a romantic fall or eye candy. She’s there to fight, so I never felt like I was the only girl. We all have out various skills and it feels equal”.Regarding her training Johansson stated, “Even though Iron Man 2 was ‘one-for-them,’ I’d never done anything like that before. I’d never been physically driven in something, or a part of something so big. For The Avengers, I’ve spent so many months training with our stunt team, and fighting all the other actors, it’s crazy. I do nothing but fight—all the time.”
      • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and master archer known in the comics as the “World’s Greatest Marksman”. Renner said it was a very physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery as much as possible in preparation. About the role, Renner remarked, “When I saw Iron Man, I thought that was a really kick-ass approach to superheroes. Then they told me about this Hawkeye character, and I liked how he wasn’t really a superhero; he’s just a guy with a high skill set. I could connect to that. Regarding Hawkeye’s sniper mentality, Renner stated, “It’s a lonely game. He’s an outcast. His only connection is to Scarlett’s character, Natasha. It’s like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to a physical mission.” Renner said Hawkeye is not insecure about his humanity explaining, “Quite the opposite, he’s the only one who can really take down The Hulk with his [tranquilizer-tipped] arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero.”
      • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed in previous films to be coordinating the “Avenger Initiative”. Jackson was brought to the project with a deal containing an option to play the character in up to nine Marvel films.
      • Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor’s adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name. In regard to his character’s evolution from the film Thor, Hiddleston stated, “I think the Loki we see in The Avengers is further advanced. You have to ask yourself the question: how pleasant an experience is it disappearing into a wormhole that has been created by some kind of super nuclear explosion of his own making? So I think by the time Loki shows up in The Avengers he’s seen a few things.”About Loki’s motivations, Hiddleston remarked, “At the beginning of The Avengers, he comes to Earth to subjugate it and his idea is to rule the human race as their king. And like all the delusional autocrats of human history, he thinks this is a great idea because if everyone is busy worshipping him, there will be no wars so he will create some kind of world peace by ruling them as a tyrant. But he is also kind of deluded in the fact that he thinks unlimited power will give him self respect so I haven’t let go of the fact that he is still motivated by this terrible jealousy and kind of spiritual desolation”.
      • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill:
A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Jackson’s Nick Fury.Smulders, whom Joss Whedon once considered for his unproduced live-action Wonder Woman film, was selected from a short list of potential actresses including Morena Baccarin. Smulder’s deal would integrate her into nine films.Regarding her preparation, Smulders stated, “I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk and basically how to look. I don’t do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn’t offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to. And I really just got down and dirty with the character, but then I finally went on set; when you’re about to roll, all the “blubbity blue” you’ve been working on kind of messes with you. And you become a little bit detached.” On relating to the character, Smulders commented, “I can relate to her being a mom and being a business woman and trying to work full time and raising a family and having a career. We’re asked to do a lot of things these days. I feel she is just all about her job and keeping things going.
Clark Gregg and Stellan Skarsgård reprise their roles from previous films as Phil Coulson and Erik Selvig respectively. Paul Bettany returns to voice JARVIS. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee will have a cameo appearance.

Marvel Studios presents, in association with Paramount Pictures, Marvel’s The Avengers–the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security,Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Opening in Theaters on May 4, 2012. WORLDWIDE

Copyright 2012 by YouTube, IMDb.com & Wikipedia.com

Chrome Android browser now a reality in Android Market

Chrome for Android Beta

Google has brought it’s powerful, sleek and fast browser technology to the Android phone. They’re calling this one beta dubbing it “Chrome for Android Beta.” Google released a video for a preview of what you can expect with the Chrome Android browser being demoed.

If you thought the new Chrome for Android beta browser was just for smart phones, don’t worry, yourAndroid Tablets can run this new simple and speedy Chrome browser too. Any Android OS Tablets running Android 4.0 and higher are good to go with this Google beta program.

Google has touted this Chrome just like the other one you’re used to with your favorite features just for your phone or tablet.

The first feature that Google touts is the speed of the Chrome Android Browser. They say you can browse fast and pages load in a snap and hardware-accelerated page rendering lets you fly through long pages. Experience the mobile web, Chrome fast. In addition to browsing fast they say you can search fast too! Search and navigate from the same box. Choose from results that appear as you type. The top search result loads in the background, available instantly.

A lot of people are in love with the Chrome browser because it’s simple and it’s not cluttered with lots of other things to get in the way. Easy to use, easy to figure out. The simplicity has been kept a focus with the new Chrome for Android. It’s called tabs re-imagined by letting you open unlimited tabs on your phone or tablet. To switch between tabs, flip through them on your phone the way you would fan a deck of cards, or swipe from edge to edge. Your navigation on the mobile Chrome is still easy as pie while you can navigate with a simple, streamlined browser. Link Preview zooms in on links to make selecting the right link easier. Use Find in Page to locate specific words and scroll to see each match.

Everyone is worried about privacy these days and for good reason. You don’t want just anyone taking your data from your browsing experince so now your smart phone security and tablet security is still in tact. Incognito mode lets you browse the web on your phone or tablet without leaving traces of your history, cache, or local storage. You can also easily manage your Sync, Privacy, and Content settings, so you’re always in control.

Even more important than your privacy is your security so that your private information doen’t fall into the wrong hands. Chrome for Android brings the foundation of Chrome security and multi-process architecture to complement Android’s security framework.

There are tons of programmers and developers licking their chops figuring out what they can make for the new Chrome for Android setup and they weren’t forgotten here either. Chrome for Android brings state-of-the art HTML5 support to mobile. With Chrome Developer Tools, connect your phone or tablet to your computer to debug your web page as it is running on your mobile device.

 

Copyright 2012 by CNET, z6Mag.com & YouTube