Effects  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Effects  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Fans respond to GameStop shutting down in Puerto Rico https://www.gameskinny.com/fm65j/fans-respond-to-gamestop-shutting-down-in-puerto-rico https://www.gameskinny.com/fm65j/fans-respond-to-gamestop-shutting-down-in-puerto-rico Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:23:01 -0500 Chan Moore

Yesterday when it was announced that all 35 GameStop stores in Puerto Rico would be closing, I died inside a little bit for all those gamers who were affected. A mixture of business challenges and high taxes caused the company to pull the plug. They will continue to operate until March 31st of this year.

At their attempt to ease the pain, they are giving 25% off of everything in the store except:

1. Brand New Consoles
2. Prepaid Cards
3. Gift Cards
4. DLC
5. Digital Games

But even in spite of this consolation, how is this shutdown being received in the gaming community -- by those in Puerto Rico and elsewhere? Not very well, as anyone would have guessed. Some people were glad to see them go, but those were few and far between.

Below are the thoughts and feeback from some of the people I came across.

 

As you saw for yourself, this has dramatically impacted how gamers will stay connected to all of their favorite games, consoles, and swag. There are a few other options for them to buy video game merchandise -- mainly Best Buy and Walmart. But it's not going to be the same -- not even close. Having the freedom to play a demo, browse games, trade in old games/consoles, or just pick up a game guide will not be possible at those other two stores.

This situation is a major hit to the company's slogan: "Power To The Players". 

Let us know how you would feel if your neighborhood GameStop shut down.

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Research gives insight on your brain on video games https://www.gameskinny.com/o39au/research-gives-insight-on-your-brain-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/o39au/research-gives-insight-on-your-brain-on-video-games Fri, 08 Jan 2016 11:49:00 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

In case you haven't heard, video games are bad for your brain. We have new research that proves this point again.

Rocket News 24 has reported that Tohoku University, a Japanese institution, reportedly conducted a three-year study on a wide-range of children in order to investigate the effects of video games on child development,

To conduct their research, the group monitored 240 children (114 boys and 126 girls) aged five to 18 over a period of three years, recording how much time they spent playing video games, and studying their brain development via MRI scans.

After the end of three years, the researchers observed that the children who played video games for an extended period on a daily basis had slower development in their language function, along with a negative impact on their prefrontal cortex (responsible for executive functions), the caudate nucleus (responsible for movement), and the hippocampus (responsible for memory).

The researchers also reported that while video games did have a positive influence on the children’s spatial perception, the dopamine their brains produced while playing the games acted like a drug and made the children addicted to playing, potentially negating the positive effects.

It is no surprise that video games can be harmful, especially for younger children. It is surprising, however, to see that video actually have a negative impact on memory and movement, which are two parts of the brain that definitely seem to be related to actually playing video games. 

The research indicates something that most people already know: too many video games are bad for your health. While these results can definitely be harmful for a child, and monitoring a child's activity is a must for parents, there are also many good reasons to engage in playing video games. Most who champion the positive effects of video games also often cite research stating that games improve hand-eye coordination.

While this research does present rather dire circumstances for the development of children, limiting access to video games is important for anyone no matter the age. There are definitely great reasons for everyone to be able to enjoy video games.

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