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Computer game helps rehabilitate stroke victims

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a computer game designed to help stroke victims recuperate.

The Circus Challenge game, created with a computer game studio, aims to help patients recover motor functions.

Players use wireless controllers to perform virtual circus acts such as lion taming and plate spinning.

Full Story: BBC

Posted at 1:46pm and tagged with: health, gaming, tech, technology,.

Computer game helps rehabilitate stroke victims

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a computer game designed to help stroke victims recuperate.
The Circus Challenge game, created with a computer game studio, aims to help patients recover motor functions.
Players use wireless controllers to perform virtual circus acts such as lion taming and plate spinning.

Full Story: BBC

The offer will run for 90 days following the game’s launch, and is open to any fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish title.

Full Story: Eurogamer

Posted at 11:57am and tagged with: gaming, tech, technology, crowdfunding, business models,.

kickstarter:

How good are you at lying to your friends? If your answer is “Not at all!” then you had better get good and fast, because you’re going to want to school them at Diamond Trust of London — the new Nintendo DS title from independent game designer Jason Rohrer. It’s two-player, turn-based, simultaneous-decision strategy game about diamond traders operating in Angola in the year 2000, and whichever player can bring back the most diamonds wins. Naturally, this requires outfoxing your opponent with bribes, spies, and lots of general craftiness. Well, Jason, we see your diamond-mining-bribery-shenanigans, and we raise you a Project of the Day.

Posted at 5:31pm and tagged with: tech, technology, gaming, crowdfunding,.

kickstarter:

How good are you at lying to your friends? If your answer is “Not at all!” then you had better get good and fast, because you’re going to want to school them at Diamond Trust of London — the new Nintendo DS title from independent game designer Jason Rohrer. It’s two-player, turn-based, simultaneous-decision strategy game about diamond traders operating in Angola in the year 2000, and whichever player can bring back the most diamonds wins. Naturally, this requires outfoxing your opponent with bribes, spies, and lots of general craftiness. Well, Jason, we see your diamond-mining-bribery-shenanigans, and we raise you a Project of the Day.

courtenaybird:

Last year, Facebook’s non-advertising revenue — the bulk of which comes from virtual payments using Credits (an estimated 12% of which came from game developer Zynga) — was $557 million, or about 15% of the total, according to the company’s S-1 securities filing. That was more than four times what the company pulled in from payments in 2010. And since that figure represents Facebook’s 30% take of the total, that means users spent close to $2 billion in Credits last year.

In short: less than 2% of users generated $500 million in revenue.

Posted at 10:11am and tagged with: gaming, technology, tech, economic, business models,.

arstechnica:

Syria once looked like a promising base for the Middle East’s burgeoning game development industry. Then international sanctions and bloody repression sent the country’s developers fleeing to safer locations. Full story

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: politics, tech, technology, gaming,.

arstechnica:

Syria once looked like a promising base for the Middle East’s burgeoning game development industry. Then international sanctions and bloody repression sent the country’s developers fleeing to safer locations. Full story

Virtual roleplaying game helps teenagers deal with depression

SPARX is a 3D fantasy game that teaches young people with mental health issues the skills they need to boost their confidence.

Full Story: Springwise

Posted at 2:47am and tagged with: gaming, tech, technology, health,.

Virtual roleplaying game helps teenagers deal with depression


SPARX is a 3D fantasy game that teaches young people with mental health issues the skills they need to boost their confidence.

Full Story: Springwise

thedailyfeed:

Why just donate to a project when you can invest in one? That’s the premise behind Gambitious, a sort of Kickstarter for video games — except Gambitious investors will actually share in the project’s profits.

“Gambitious is the first equity-based, crowd-funding platform that solely concentrates on the video game industry,” Paul Hanraets, the company’s managing director, told The Daily. “Our model is the first of its kind, providing a new way for small and large investors to directly invest in a wide selection of promising game projects, thus taking home a share in any eventual profits from the venture.”

Posted at 4:41am and tagged with: gaming, tech, technology, crowdfunding,.

thedailyfeed:

Why just donate to a project when you can invest in one? That’s the premise behind Gambitious, a sort of Kickstarter for video games — except Gambitious investors will actually share in the project’s profits.

“Gambitious is the first equity-based, crowd-funding platform that solely concentrates on the video game industry,” Paul Hanraets, the company’s managing director, told The Daily. “Our model is the first of its kind, providing a new way for small and large investors to directly invest in a wide selection of promising game projects, thus taking home a share in any eventual profits from the venture.”

smarterplanet:

Combating Congestion With Cash And Games
BY BEN SCHILLER, fastcoexist.com

Stanford is employing a new trick to eliminate the post-work rush hour. Let people win (small) prizes if they arrive or leave outside of rush hour. Get to the office early, and you could make enough for a free lunch.

In the bat­tle against…

(Source: futuramb)

Posted at 12:01pm and tagged with: gaming, transport,.

smarterplanet:

Combating Congestion With Cash And Games BY BEN SCHILLER, fastcoexist.com
Stanford is employing a new trick to eliminate the post-work rush hour. Let people win (small) prizes if they arrive or leave outside of rush hour. Get to the office early, and you could make enough for a free lunch.
In the bat­tle against…
More than $12 billion was generated by mobile gaming in 2011 with 34% of the top grossing apps in the app store using the freemium model. Once someone is hooked, they’ll continue to spend a few dollars to continue to enhance their play. On average freemium games make $12.92 a month per user.