It startled me because in recent years I’ve seen plenty of pushback against the “screentime” idea; for example, just a couple of years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics admitted that lumping all screentime together was nonsensical and changed its guidelines to focus on reducing junk apps and programs, which really isn’t all that different from how my own parents treated TV and consoles back when I was a kid. … [Read more...] about For Science: Why ‘screentime’ is a useless measure of media consumption
A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2018 So-called gaming addiction and Fortnite myopia aren’t just a problem for The Children Nearly a third of the kids surveyed in the UK Gambling Commission’s study admitted to buying lockboxes For Science: Why ‘screentime’ is a useless measure of media consumption International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling UK divorce firm says Fortnite and other online games contributed to 5% of this year’s divorces UK researchers identify link between lootboxes and problem gambling Tencent’s market value dropped by $20B following new Chinese gaming regulation plans For Science: How gaming addiction is influenced by emotion and pride Citizen science for the win: How EVE Online’s playerbase contributed to Human Project Atlas research WVU researchers post survey seeking input on video game character avatars The Daily Grind: How do you define … [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
As with all science, it’s not true unless it’s tried and tested over and over. So you tell me what you think of my prediction. What do you think is causing the shake-up in Fortnite? And always I’d like to know what you’d like me to explore next. Are there any tropes or events in your favorite games that need the scientific test? Hit me up in the comments below or on Twitter! … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: Predicting Fortnite’s earthquakes… with science!
An average human being reads a text at an average speed of about 200-300 WPM. From 400-600 WPM is where more efficient readers fall in place. Anything above the 600 WPM and around the 1,000 WPM reader is the ones who read texts at an insanely fast pace. While speed reading sounds amazing, another important thing to be taken into consideration is the comprehension or the retention rate. Simply skimming through text without understanding the gist of the text is not considered an efficient speed reading. Comprehension rates for an average reader tend to be around 60%, anything above that is good and below it is a sign of a disastrous reading session. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Speed Reading & How To Read Faster & Save Time