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Do Gamers Have Faster Reflexes?

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gamers reaction timeMany video games require fast reflexes to win or at least help a player perform well at the game. E-sport professionals that play in the first person shooter arena have incredibly fast reaction and reflexes in game that help them in their gameplay. Gamers are putting hours into games that require fast reflexes and reaction time, but does this give them an edge over non-gamers? The question is – do gamers have faster reflexes than non-gamers?

The quick answer is…maybe? Here is the evidence for why the answer to this question is inconclusive.

The Single Study that Points to Gamers Being Fast at Clicking

A study at the Central Washington University gathered 87 individuals ranging from 18-40 years of age. Their aim was to examine the “differences in types of reaction time to a visual oddball stimulus between gamers and non gamers as well as males and females.” What is a visual oddball stimulus? Basically they’d place someone at a computer screen with a mouse. The screen would change colors or perhaps an object would appear on the screen, and the moment the change took place the participant would need to click down on the mouse. The study was measuring the reaction time between the object appearing on the screen and the click of the mouse. Read More

Do Video Games Make You Smarter?

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video games make you smarterDo Video Games Make You Smarter?

As a hardcore gamer who has played thousands of hours of video games I want to know if I am smarter, because I play video games. I want to know the real answer behind the question, “Do Video Games Make You Smarter?” Gamers are often stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated, and portrayed as people who would rather sit on the couch with a controller than a book. While it’s true that there are individual gamers who do perpetuate this stereotype this article will point to numerous studies that prove that video games can make an individual smarter.


Playing Video Games Results in Faster Decisions that are Accurate

A study at the University of Rochester done by cognitive scientists have discovered that gamers will make the right decisions faster. According to the study, “develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

An interesting outcome of this study was that they found that gamers who play action oriented video games were up to 25 percent faster at reaching a decision that was correct compared to those playing non-action oriented games. One of the authors of the study remarks that, “Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.” Read More

How Do Video Games Affect Your Heart Rate?

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video games affect heart rateYes – video games can affect your heart rate by increasing it. The amount that your heart rate will be affected is entirely dependent on the type of video games that you are playing. Studies have shown that violent video games will increase your heart rate more than playing a peaceful game. In addition, active video games that require the player to be standing and moving are much more likely to increase the player’s heart rate.

A Study on Video Games and Heart Rate

The study that is most commonly cited for this response was done at Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute by Malena Ivarsson. The title of the research paper is called “The Effect of Violent and Nonviolent Video Games on Heart Rate Variability, Sleep, and Emotions in Adolescents With Different Violent Gaming Habits.

In the study, it was discovered that there is a correlation between playing violent video games and your heart rate. The study comprised  of thirty boys between the ages of 13-15. The thirty boys were divided into two groups. Group 1 was expected to play a violent video game for at least three hours a day. Group 2 was told to play a nonviolent cartoon game for no more than one hour per day. Both groups played the games in their homes for a duration of two days. The heart rates of the group were taken during and after gameplay. Read More

The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Trailer

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As a huge The Last of Us fanboy I was excited to see the gameplay for the Last of Us Part 2 at E3. It looks as if it’s shaping up to everything that I hope the game would be. My only concern is whether this really is a gameplay video. The actual gameplay looked so smooth, immersive, and life like that my cynical side thought “This can’t be real gameplay!” Just watching Ellie destroy these dudes in an environment that shatters, gets scuffed up, and breaks was a real thrill.

Definitely excited for this game, and doubly so when Naughty Dog shared that Joel is alive and will be part of the game! If this The Last of Us Part II Gameplay is an indicator of how great the game will be…well we’re in for a real treat!

Can’t wait to fight some zombies!

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Everything You Need for a Dr DisRespect Costume

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Dr Disrespect Costume Cosplay GuideDr DisRespect is a legend throughout the streaming community. He’s an avid gamer and streamer on Twitch, and what I like to think of as the patron saint of the PUBG community. He’s aggressive, outlandish, and exciting. It’s no wonder that he has over 2.5 MILLION followers on Twitch, because he is truly entertaining and fun to watch. Personally I enjoy watching him prior to playing Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds as he pumps me up before I launch into the fray.

So you want to dress up as the DOC and are looking for a great looking, cheap Dr. DisRespect Costume? Well we’ve put together a list of everything you’ll need for your Dr. Disrespect cosplay, and where to find it! It’s the perfect costume for a Halloween party or cosplay event. Read More


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pubg crossbow killsThe crossbow in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is amazing. Often overlooked as being a useless weapon it’s rarely used during gameplay, but it’s a powerhouse. The crossbow is silent and will one hit any enemy regardless of what level helmet they’re wearing. It’s interesting, because some people complain that it’s the worse weapon in the game. Read More

7 Streamers Answer, “What’s 1 Thing You Wish You Knew Before Streaming?”

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Streaming TipsHave you been watching others stream your favorite games, and wondered “could I do this?” We think you most definitely can, and we want to help you as much as we can. We asked those who are already streaming to answer the question – What’s One Thing You Wish You knew Before Streaming?  You’ll be surprised by their answers, and hopefully their insight gives you helps you in your own streaming endeavor! Enjoy these streaming tips from those who are doing it! Read More

Am I Xenophobic for Not Wanting to Play with Chinese PUBG Players?

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pubg chinese playersI was an early adopter of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Even with all its flaws I loved the gameplay, and have sunk hundreds of hours into the game. Half my time is spent playing with a core group of friends (the Hey You Video Game guys) and the other half  by queuing up with randoms on squad.

Joining squad as an individual has always been a crapshoot. You never know what level of expertise your fellow teammates are, whether they have microphones, or whether they might just team kill you for your loot (albeit this has been fixed with the reporting feature. Thanks Bluehole!). Playing solo makes me paranoid, duo seems too intimate, and so I often roll the dice to see what kind of squad I get.

Things began to change late last year when I began to get placed onto teams with more and more Chinese players. This makes sense, because as of November 2017 more than half of the PUBG player base spoke and read Chinese. At first I found it somewhat amusing trying to communicate over the mic with my Chinese teammates. I’d run over to them and drop off extra ammo or gear, and they’d attempt to call out enemies. I found it fun for a while.

Nowadays, if you randomly queue up for Squad there is an incredibly low chance that you’ll land in a squad with other English speakers. I have played multiple rounds where all of my teammates are Chinese. I know this, because they’re literally speaking Chinese on their microphones.

Here’s why this is frustrating to me – one of the core characteristics of a Chicken Dinner winning squad is communication. Teammates are constantly telling one another where the enemy is, where extra supplies are, they’re making group decisions over where to parachute in and more. Communication is key to being #1 in PUBG, and when you can’t talk with your teammates you’re already at a huge loss. Honestly, I imagine that the Chinese players are just as frustrated when they queue up with an English-only speaker.

I don’t know exactly what the answer to this is (region lock, ping filter), but I hope that the developers will recognize this as an issue and not the ranting of a xenophobic fanboy.

Frankly, this is not going to ruin PUBG for me and I will surely spend many more hours playing squad games with randoms. I am excited that the game is doing great in China and look forward to the future of this game.