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Playing games phenomena

Today nobody would argue that gaming has become a huge part of our culture. People are enthralled with video games no matter what age they are and that’s reality. According to gaming industry statistics for 2014 the average age of a gamer falls in the 30-35 age range within the U.S. and over three-fourths of all gamers play for more than one hour each week making gaming a part of their daily lives. We see that the passion gamers have had ever since gaming burst onto the scene just a few decades ago. 46% of them play games on mobile devices, and 71% use dedicated gaming devices. However despite discussions are still continuing around the theme they can’t make a dent in the exponential progression of gaming popularity. Gaming market shows an extraordinary growth last years and that’s no wonder as well.

Why do we love play games? Science has also tried to find the answer on this question. Experts say usually that people play games because they experience emotions that are closely related to the main factors of happiness, enjoyment and fun because gaming involves many fun-creating elements and so on. Why do we love play games? Actually there are so many different definitions at the point but I’d like to focus on some of them.

The really one I love the most about gaming is a whole new world every time you start to play. I guess this is very important. Every time we start to play games we discover a new world, we learn to understand it and try to win of course. Games give players the option of playing as a “good guy” or a “bad guy” then you can turn into a hero to fight a villains.

It is anticipated that future growth in mobile games will involve more and more multiplayer gaming options. Forbes Magazine notes that ‘The future of gaming is in user-choice’.

Gaming Reality

There are many articles, books and researches dedicated video games. Why do people love to play games? Why do some of them choose action-adventure type of games something like Skylanders: Swap Force or Battlefield, some of them spend their spare time playing strategy like Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 or Civilization, some of them can’t do without playing Puzzle and Driving, some of them prefer casino games where a new player can choose any of online casino real money bonus as a gift that help to start to play before he makes his first deposit.

However you can choose what you want but all of these things is just gaming that brings you relax and fun to forget about all the daily stress and not only.

Sure, there are more important things in life than winning or losing a game but the truth is that sometimes we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. In some sense, this talk is never-ending affair as gaming itself is. You can ignore or embrace games but they are a huge part of our lives. Especially today when you can play your favorite games right on your smartphone or tablet. Gamers love games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.

“When we’re in game worlds, we become the best version of ourselves, the most likely to help at a moment’s notice, the most likely to stick with a problem as long it takes, to get up after failure and try again.” This is a quote from the widely known book “Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World”.

The author is Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and researcher named one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 by MIT’s Technology Review in 2006. Jane McGonigal is developer of many popular video games such as The Lost Ring, Last Call Poker, PlaceStorming, I Love Bees, and many others. This book is very interesting and it’s very provocative at the same time with its controversial point of view on gaming, new futuristic look at games and what really they can do for us. Playing games makes us better, Jane McGonigal says, they can change the world. That is extraordinary, really, when you think about it.

I love to play games and sometimes I feel like maybe I’m part of that generation that became more of a gamer than a video consumer. If I have couple hours of spare time I’m probably playing video games.

What may hamper creativity?

Legos, the popular toy bricks, may be great for stimulating creativity in little kids. But when it comes to adults, things might be a little different. According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, when adults are given a set of Legos to solve a well-defined problem, their creativity may suffer when tackling subsequent tasks.

“There are a lot of studies that explore what enhances creativity. Ours is one of the few that considers ways in which creativity may be undermined,” write the authors of the study, C. Page Moreau (University of Wisconsin) and Marit Gundersen Engeset (Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Norway). “What we find is that a well-defined problem–in our case, following an explicit set of instructions to build something with Legos–can actually hamper creativity in solving future problems.”

Free Internet Worldwide

“New internet regulations finally released by the Federal Communications Commission make 46 references to a group funded by billionaire George Soros and co-founded by a neo-Marxist”, The Daily Caller reported.

“Leveling the playing field” in that way has been a clear goal of Free Press, a group dedicated to net neutrality which was founded in 2003.

The term “Free Press” is mentioned 62 times in the regulations. Some are redundant mentions referring to the same Free Press activists’ comments in favor of more oversight. In total, the FCC cited Free Press’ pro-net neutrality arguments 46 times.

We’re ‘nowhere near ready

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but killer robots are actually a serious threat.

“You see, we’re already at the dawn of the age of killer robots. And we’re completely unprepared for them”. The potential for lethal autonomous weapons systems to be rolled off the assembly line is here right now,” he says, “but the potential for lethal autonomous weapons systems to be deployed in an ethical way or to be designed in an ethical way is not, and is nowhere near ready.”, Ryan Gariepy, says.

Mr. Gariepy is the co-founder and CTO of Clearpath Robotics. Clearpath Robotics specializes in the design and manufacture of robust and reliable unmanned vehicle solutions for industrial research and development. Gariepy’s belief in the need for a strong global robotics community resulted in Clearpath being the first field robotics company to fully adopt and support ROS. Mr. Gariepy manages Clearpath’s technology strategy and serves as the company’s lead system architect.

“We can’t agree on how to implement those bits of guidance on the car,” Gariepy says. “And now what we’re actually talking about is taking that leap forward to building a system which has to decide on its own and when it’s going to preserve life and when it’s going to take lethal force.”

Gariepy says that, instead of developing missiles or drones that can decide on their own what target to hit, the military would be better off spending its money on improved sensors and anti-jamming technology. “Why don’t we take the investment that people would like to make in building fully autonomous killer robots and bring that investment into making existing drone technology more effective?” he says. “If we face and overcome them, we can bring that technology to the benefit of people outside of the military.”

Four Things a Smartphone can Replace Today

Smartphones are, without a doubt, the gadgets of the 21st century. Since the launch of the first true smartphone as we know it, the iPhone back in 2007, these black mirrored gadgets have become an integral part of our everyday lives. This is an age when old and new coexist, but there are some indications that the new will win, rendering some of the traditional things obsolete. Here are some examples of everyday traditional items a smartphone can replace today.

1. Newspapers

Science fiction readers must remember the “electronic newspaper” in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The astronauts on board the Discovery, en route to Jupiter, have used an iPad-like device to stay up to date with the latest news, transmitted by radio from Earth. The “Newspad” described by Clarke is surprisingly similar to smartphones and tablets used today, and the medium through which we can subscribe to the news of interest for us is the internet. Suddenly printed newspapers have become obsolete… and will disappear in a few decades at most.

2. Cheap Cameras

Small size, “soapbox” cameras were trendy a few days back, but now most smartphones can take better pictures than these, rendering them obsolete. Besides, smartphones also offer the possibility to store the photos taken in the cloud, or share them instantly with our friends and family over the internet. With the increasing penetration of these devices soapbox cameras will surely disappear in a few years time.

3. Television

There are fewer and fewer people watching television as they used to each year. Keeping both eyes on the “idiot’s lantern” is slowly becoming obsolete, as more and more people have access to internet streams and video sharing services. I, for one, haven’t watched TV for years – I find out the news on the internet, and use online media streaming services if I want to watch movies or series. And the device I usually use for this is my smartphone or tablet. Slowly the television as we know it will disappear, being replaced by smart devices that fit in our pockets.

4. GPS, maps, compasses

I have a Nokia smartphone. Not a new one, but one that has been released over a year ago. Still, it has features like a compass, a GPS / Glonass received and a free Maps app that was bundled with it. Whenever I’m lost, all I have to do is take it out of my pocket, search for my destination through the app and follow the directions to get “un-lost” in no time.

As long as these smart devices have their batteries full, they can provide us with replacements for a series of everyday habits and items, simply rendering them obsolete. Besides, they offer so much more – access to information, connections and even games – red flush online casino is my favorite – and ways to entertain ourselves. I wonder what the future brings?

Care-O-bot your personal robot

Erich Fromm said that the danger of the past was that men became slaves but the danger of the future is that man may become robots. There are great numbers of articles, books, movies, games etc. about robotic future of humanity were created in past and now robots have became the real part of human’s lives.

For instance this Care-O-bot 4 that is the product vision of a mobile robot assistant to actively support humans in their daily life. It can be used for a variety of household tasks, for example it can help to deliver food and drinks, and even to assist you with cooking or for cleaning.

Besides that it can be used as supporter to patients and personnel in health care institutions, as a deliver orders in restaurants, it can provide reception and room service in hotels or for entertainment.

I don’t know exactly when I can use this fantastic helper at my home however I don’t see any danger signs yet the famous German philosopher noticed in his works.

Gaming Age

This world loves to play games and that’s fact. Actually we live in an age of video games and tat’s fact as well. Why do we so like to play video games is another question, and there are specialists who give us the answer on the question explaining this sort of people’s tendency with experience and emotions which are closely related to happiness.

Probably it’s true and they are right. But I believe that besides that the nature of the phenomena of video games is such special sort of mysterious power which is very similar to the feeling we get when immerse ourselves into the atmosphere of favorite movies or classic novels we love the most. No doubt video gaming has become a huge part of the modern culture and that’s it.

Also the main benefit of video games is various creating elements and many ways to fulfill any motivations. Sure there is negative factor in playing as well. As everybody knows, there are people who spend hours playing games instead of doing anything else and sometimes they can miss their important deals just for completing one more level on a favorite game. But it doesn’t can abolish all benefits we get from gaming.

There are many video game lovers out there and sometimes, you know, when you take into account such popular mobile games as Angry Birds or Zombies, or such popular social games like Farmville or Words With Friends, you can find out suddenly that even your careful grandmother or rich and successful uncle are hardcore gamers indeed who check out gaming news Canada for the latest Canadian game releases, game reviews and the latest video game news. You know, I’m sure a gaming is a great way to get to know people much better, even your closest friends and next of kins.

Astronomers identify signature of Earth-eating stars

Students of Vanderbilt University are developing a model to find stars that swallow planets explained how planets are formed and help find other Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.

“Trey has shown that we can actually model the chemical signature of a star in detail, element by element, and determine how that signature is changed by the ingestion of Earth-like planets,” said Vanderbilt Professor of Astronomy Keivan Stassun, who supervised the study. “After obtaining a high-resolution spectrum for a given star, we can actually detect that signature in detail, element by element.”

Student of Astronomy, Trey Mack, developed the model that shows what happens to a star when it swallows Earth-like planets during its development. Mack then applied this model to two twin stars to find out if they are so-called “Earth-eaters”.

Yuri Gagarin – First Man in Space is Russian

April 12 was already a huge day in space history twenty years before the launch of the first shuttle mission. On that day in 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left, on the way to the launch pad) became the first human in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his Vostok 1 spacecraft. Newspapers like The Huntsville Times (right) trumpeted Gagarin’s accomplishment.

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation’s highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed.