Episode 143: 100 Percent More Buzzer — The gang continues the success of its wildly successful all-Buzzerbeater with another episode, while mixing in some emails and other stuff and things. Also, Chris deals with first world problems, Dave gets destroyed by CenturyLink, Michelle talks about being a bondage slave, and Shaun tells a story he shouldn’t.
“Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
“Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
“With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
“Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
“Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks
Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer
Guess who’s birthday it is… er at least two days ago it WAS. Super-short episode for everyone this week, as Joshua’s had a bit of a busy weekend with the birthday goings on and general hustle and bustle of the weekend. As a result, there’s no guest, no format and and no editing this week, so it’s KIND of a Gone Wild Incoductic episode. However, there IS a lot of gushing, giving a rundown on the awesome gifts his amazing fianceé got him and asking attempting by Joshua to get his birthday present crowd funded so he can Killer Instinct his face off. Spoiler, it’s an Xbox One he’s asking for. At any rate, enjoy Episode 29!
A group of researchers from the University of California decided it was time to see which hidden benefits can be found in video games, and so they took their funds and best developers to create NeuroRacer. Simple in its presentation, yet powerful in its purpose: NeuroRacer had the elderly gamers follow a winding road, while they had to look out for road signs. Once they spotted one, they had to push a button as quick as possible, while steering the car safely along the road.
The researchers discovered that after six months of regular gaming, the test group was just as good at NeuroRacer than young gamers. Research also shows that the gaming activity stimulates multiple regions of the brain and improves the ability to multitask. This shows how “plastic the older brain is”, says associate professor Adam Gazzalay. Indeed, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Of course, this research alone does not proof that gaming is beneficial for the elderly brain. What it does proof is that it does not harm your granny to pick up your DS and play some Animal Crossing. This brings me to this week’s question: do your parents or even grandparents play video games? Did you try introducing them to one of your favorite games? Tell us your stories of gaming grandpa’s in the comments below!