New Study Links Games with Attention Problems
Sigh. Here we go again. According to a new study carried out by the university of Iowa, regular gaming and TV viewing is related to attention issues in the classroom. The experiment correlated the TV and gaming habits of over 3000 teenagers with reports of attention/behavioral problems and produced some tentative positive results.
Right- it's time for me to drop a little home truth on these researchers. School is boring, guys! Of course kids are going to think about their favourite hobbies instead of copying out French verbs and what have you. Sports fans will think about their teams and upcoming matches in boring lessons- and I'm sure that Victorian students used to fantasise about their favourite books or zoetrope images instead of paying attention in class.
They may have a point, mind. After all, I'm still thinking about Puzzle Quest 2- though I'm trying to make sure that it doesn't interfere with my beautiful, shiny gems. I mean news. News. [via Joystiq]
R.U.S.E. Will Have Move Support
We're getting excited about R.U.S.E. for some time thanks to Marius' beta preview. Ubisoft promise to revolutionise and revitalise the genre, but manay gamers have been extremely dubious about whether or not it will work on a console. After all, console RPGs tend to teeter precariously between being barely functional and simply unplayable. How can you possibly replace a mouse a keyboard with a gamepad?
With the Playstation Move, apparently.
Senior producer Mathieu Girard has revealed that Ubsoft is integrating Sony's motion control peripheral into R.U.S.E.'s core control systems. Using the Navigation Controller as a pointer, we'll be able to select units, zoom and pan around the battlefield. Opening menus will be as simple as a flick of the wrist.
"I wasn't sure if it was just going to be a gadget," stated Girard, "but it turns out it's a very cool and natural controller. We're very excited about it."
There's no Kinect for the Xbox 360 version, though. Girard believes that gamers simply don't want to play an RTS game standing up... and he's got a point.
This is a fairly important precedent for console RTS games. If R.U.S.E. works well with motion controls, we could even expect a PS3 renaissance for the floundering genre! [Eurogamer]
FIFA 11 Dated, Creation Centre Unveiled
EA have confirmed that FIFA 11 will be released on the 1st of October in the UK- and have revealed a nifty new feature. Known as the Creation Centre, this mode allows players to create their own teams, kits and stadiums using browser-based online software that'll integrate with the game. Check it out here.
Custom teams can be shared, downloaded and played online. We're looking forward to seeing what artistically-minded footy fans can come up with... and how many efforts will be instantly banned for obscenity or copyright issues
Still no Word on the UK XBLA Upgrade
Yesterday Microsoft announced that XBLA would be undergoing a massive GUI upgrade to give better access and visibility to games and deals.
We didn't bother mentioning it though... since there's still no word on a UK or European release. When Microsoft deem us fit for the upgrade, we'll be sure to let you know.