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From Action Games Brain Training to 48 Kisses - News Roundup 14th September 2010

Jonathan Lester
Action Games, AKB48, Brain, Bungie, Final Fantasy XIV, Games news, Halo Reach, PSP, Reaction Times, Special Edition
Halo: Reach

New Study: Action Games Train Your Brain!


Most 'scientific' studies tend to jump onto the games ruin people bandwagon, but a new study from the University of Rochester would seem to suggest that action titles and twitch shooters actively improve gamers' ability to make quick correct decisions. When a room full of Unreal Tournament players were matched against a team of Sims in a selection of quickfire questions (in test conditions, naturally), the action gamers were able to answer a greater number of questions correctly within the shortest possible time.

“It’s not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: They are just as accurate and also faster. 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.” -Daphne Bavelier, Univesity of Rochester

The link between videogaming and dextrous fingers has already been proven... but it seems that our favourite entertainment medium may also be responsible for creating agile minds. Also, thanks for the compliment. [via VG247]

Bungie Will Not Ban Early Reach Copies

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As you almost certainly know (thanks to the obtrusive and omnipresent advertising on the Xbox dashboard), Halo Reach has released today. However, this hasn't stopped many thousands of gamers from receiving early copies via online retailers or other more nefarious methods- some of which arrived as early as Saturday afternoon according to our information. The question of whether these copies would be banned has been flying about over the last few days (due to the hard line that Microsoft tends to take on these issues), but thankfully Bungie has eased our fears in a recent tweet. So long as the copies were purchased legally, it's all good.

Want the full skinny on Halo Reach? Check out our full review!

Epic Final Fantasy XIV Opening Wows TGS


In order to make up for the fairly paltry Xbox dashboard demonstration we brought you yesterday, here's the fully mental opening cinematic from the upcoming Final Fantasy MMO. Enjoy.

FFXIV has been confirmed for a September 20th PC release... and this trailer also reiterates that the PS3 version will drop in March. We're looking forward to seeing if it avoids making some of the flagrant errors that plagued its predecessor... and can compete with the enormous new glut of Premium free MMOs. [Thanks, VG247]

And finally... Most Ludicrous SE Ever?

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We balked at the Gran Turismo Signature Edition and the Halo Reach Legendary box set... but this one takes the biscuit. Weighing in at well over £300, this crazy set includes 48 different slip cases for AKB48, a massive Japanese girl group with nearly 50 members. And some stickers. Oh, and a PSP.

This may seem fairly ridiculous... but on the other hand, Sony's portable console is enjoying a massive sales boom in the land of the rising sun. This might just sell like hot cakes.