A few weeks ago, my eyes skimmed over a discussion some of our commenters were having about video game science – I can’t even remember whether it was about violence or addiction since we cover both issues – but one thing that stood out for me was that everyone seemed to be assuming that “screentime” was settled science. “Screentime,” people clearly still believe, is 1) an actual monolithic thing and 2) obviously bad in high doses. Obviously! … [Read more...] about For Science: Why ‘screentime’ is a useless measure of media consumption
Read on for a recap of our best science-related MMO articles from 2018, from Raph Koster’s Trust Spectrum and EVE Online’s contributions to the Human Project Atlas to the psychology of Fortnite’s popularity and WHO’s “gaming disorder” classification. Big game data and the potential to abuse it have been much on our minds as well. … [Read more...] about A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2018
Although its possible for dragons to fly and breathe fire, the facts don’t exactly match up with what’s seen on screen. The majority of the volume of an 18-tonne dragon would take up as much as an American football field. The wings, head, and tail would likely be in addition to the main body. There would also be a limit to the amount of fire that a dragon could breathe before it just would not be able to fly at all. It’s possible that this limitation exists, but we have not seen it in an Elder Scrolls game or trailer. Additionally, the Airlander 10 never reached its full potential, having crashed in August of 2016 then was decommissioned in November of 2017. … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: The science of Elder Scrolls Online’s dragons
Avoiding apophenia Humans like to see patterns. Biologists believe that it part of the reason we advanced as a species. We see and create patterns that allowed us to create tools and structures. Patterns helped us to hunt animals and domesticate crops. Patterns helped us discover math and see things that we can’t see with our naked eye. When our ancient relatives looked to the stars, they saw patterns in the sky full of chaos. We see a Big Dipper, an archer named Orion, even a lion. Our minds tend to create an illusory correlation when there isn’t actually a relationship at all. … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: Predicting Fortnite’s earthquakes… with science!
Using subvocalization techniques, users can improve their reading speeds from the average 200 WPM to as high as 500 WPM. Anything above 600 WPM is improbable with subvocalization techniques and must be avoided for reading texts that need to be retained at a later point of time. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Speed Reading & How To Read Faster & Save Time