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01 August 2012

The Science of Video Games

Thanks to Open Culture, I found this podcast episode to share with you, carrying on with our theme of gaming and learning.

Advancing to the Next Level: The Science of Video Games (Part 1) is  Season 3, Episode 12 of  Neil deGrasse Tyson's podcast.
"Video games are a ubiquitous component of modern life and pop culture. But is there more to them than entertainment? In Part 1, Neil deGrasse Tyson finds out if video games breed violence and what kids actually learn from shooter games with guests Jeffrey Ryan, author of “Super Mario – How Nintendo Conquered America” and Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Spore. They chat about the evolution of choice and moral dilemma in video games; Moore’s Law of processing speed; and computer game graphics, verisimilitude and the cartoon laws of physics."

Listen to it here,  or 
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