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The development of VR technology has gone far ahead despite its recent appearance. And like any device, the VR system has its own controllers. However, the use of currently existing gamepads in virtual reality distorts the effect of presence. Facebook tackled this issue and, at a recent global tactile technology conference, introduced the Tasbi bracelet concept, which is a virtual reality controller like a mouse on your computer. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE The device is a kind of electronic watch with a rather large screen, the strap of which consists of individual elements that can transmit vibrations and dynamically adjust the pressure at the points of contact with the body. DEVICE CAPABILITIES According to the developers, Tasbi bracelets are able to reproduce vibrations and compressions when the user interacts with the content of the virtual world. Moreover, the bracelet makes it possible to control holographic objects, allowing the user to feel them (for example, you can feel how you are stroking a holographic animal). RELEASE DATES AND PROSPECTS The developers plan to finalize this concept: add additional sensors on other parts of the body, build in finger tracking sensors for the most accurate control; therefore, the release date of the device is still unknown. But surely the developers will not just leave this interesting idea, and finally we will see Tasbi on store shelves.

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Games for creative people

Are you a creative person? Do you like to create something new, unique and different from everything else? Then there are games with the help of which you can develop your ability to think creatively. MINECRAFT This game was first created by the Swedish developer Markus Persson and released in 2011 for computers running the Windows operating system. Later, the game came out forother operating systems. The game has two modes. In survival mode, the player needs to not only survive in the virtual world, but also improve his character, gradually creating new objects using the surrounding resources. This game has its own specific features:a cube-shaped graphic of objects and monstersthat might kill the character afterthe sunset. Did you like to play LEGO constructor in your childhood? To build houses and cars? The gameplay in creative mode is somewhat reminiscent of this childhood hobby. In the creative mode, the player has all the resources available in unlimited quantities. There are no borders for your imagination, but you should beware of night monsters, which are also in the creative mode. THE SIMS Would you like to try yourself as a stylist? And what about an interior designer? Or maybe you would like to feel like an architect? All this is possible in the game The Sims. You can create any character in the game, whether it’s a person, an animal, or even a witch, or a vampire, starting from the selection of skin color and the shape of eyebrows, ending with the creation of a person by selecting clothes, setting life goals and setting character traits. Here you can change absolutely everything. And where will your character live? Buy a ready-made house and make repairs to your wishes, using hundreds of options in the library, or rent an apartment in a high-rise building, or build your own house — that's your decision. Create your characters, your story, and enjoy the gameplay. PLANET COASTER In this game your childhood wishes will come true: you can build the park of your dream. And not just using the available attractions from the library, but also creating your own! The game offers almost endless possibilities for the players. You can create your own park, changing everything in it to the smallest details. The main rule - do not forget to observe visitors, follow their desires, because the rating of your park depends on their feedback - everything is like in real life.

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The benefit of video games

Everyone knows that spending too much time playing computer is harmful. But are there any benefits in computer games? Certainly there are. There are various categories of video games. Among them there are puzzles, logic games, strategies. Such games don't require much attention, quick reaction, or tension from players. They can be played calmly and enjoying the process. These games develop intelligence, imagination, learn to find the creative solution of problems. Memory is the ability to quickly memorize and use new information. Many games are aimed at developing our memory. You can easily find them - just enter in the search “games for training memory” and you will find a wide variety of options. As the analysis of the results of many studies shows, the training of memory increases the IQ of a person by 3-4 points. How about combining exercises with pleasure by replacing boring tasks with interesting video games? There are many projects that demonstrate the operation of some systems. For example, there is a game - Spore, in which you can enhance your knowledge of biology by growing complex organisms from one cell. Many simulators reveal the essence of various fields of activity. Among them are games such as SimCity - a city-building simulator that allows you to get acquainted with the architecture of buildings, X-Plane 10 - an aircraft simulator in which you can get an idea of ​​the structure and a general functioning of the aircraft, The Sims - a simulator of life and public relations, and many others. And thanks to games in a foreign language, you can improve your level without boring memorizing words, phrases and expressions. They automatically remain in our memory, plaing games in a foreign language. The results of various studies show that games are one of the best ways to escape from everyday problems, as well as increase emotional and mental stability. They help to cope with depression, overcome anxiety and even endure pain. The best example is the Snow World project. A virtual 3D environment was developed at the University of Washington specifically for patients undergoing rehabilitation in a hospital. They get into the virtual world during the painful stages of treatment. After several studies of this product, doctors found that itreduces the pain by 35-50%, and for many patients, Snow World is even more effective than morphine. In addition to everything described above, games are one of the ways to have fun with family and friends, and using the Internet in games, you canfind mates around the world.

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Gender stereotypes in games

Stereotypes are closely related to our daily lives and have also affected the gaming field. Almost all gaming sites have a clear distinction between “Games for Boys” and “Games for Girls”. Boys are invited to explore ancient cities, to hide from monsters, to kill enemies, to conquer the galaxy on spaceships. Girls learn to do makeup, dress, cook and care for animals. The standard names for the games for girls are “My future home”, “Little fashion girl”, “My first makeup”, etc. Each game for girls is not competitive, but rather meditative. In such games, it is simply impossible to lose. As for the game mechanics, boys get more complex and dynamic games. There can be up to eight buttons in controlling a game, while in games for girls you can calmly click your mouse and take your time. Many people think that girls are only interested in games with dolls and puppies, but many girls can win boys in different games. They're ahead of rivals on race tracks, respond more quickly to sudden obstacles, and reach the most difficult levels in logical and educational games. Great gamers grow out of these girls. The gamer is one of the few professions where girls can compete on a par with boys. Despite the fact that every year in different e-sports competitions we hear the male names of the winners, the girls also participate in such events, often even defeating guys. For example, Julia Kieran (nickname: juliano), a 25-year-old girl from Sweden, plays Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and earns $28,000. Stephanie Harvey (nickname: missharvey), 33 years old. Lives in Canada, also plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, earns $ 26,000. Kat Gunn (nickname: Mystik) is a 31-year-old American woman who plays Dead or Alive 4 and Halo: Reach, earning $ 122,000. 26-year-old Sasha Hostin (nickname: Scarlett) from Canada, plays StarCraft 2, earns $ 270,000. Computer games are universal and international. Stereotypes, of course, have left their mark in this industry, but even here you shouldn't discount women. In the world of gamers, there's no place for stereotypes.

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New VR-technologies

VR is evolving every day and is becoming more and more like our reality. Developers make many changes to improve not only the overall performance, but also the graphics of VR applications, add various functions to the devices. How far have the developers fantasies gone? Let's dream. Imagine that when you get into a virtual reality, you can see not only another world, but also touch everything that is there, feel the blow of the wind, breathe in the aroma of fresh grass. Imagine that you can talk with the characters of your favorite game, and they will hear you and even answer. Everything is like in the real world. And all these sensations can be experienced right from the couch, simply using VR. In order to turn everything that is described above into reality, developers can use various innovations, for example, stereo projections or eye movement tracking. But the most interesting factis that work in this direction is already underway within the framework of the FeelReal project. The developers of this project have already created two products: FeelReal VR and Nirvana VR. The first device is wireless, compatible with most modern VR systems. It allows the player to feel the vibrations, the wind, water mist, hot air. With FeelReal, a player can also smell various odors. The second device, Nirvana VR, is a mask that expands the range of sensory stimulation. We would also like to talk about such projects as VR Dome and VR Cave. VR Dome is used to create digital planetariums, specialized simulators, as well as architectural installations. And with the help of VR Cave, a multi-faceted projection system of 3D visualization, users get the opportunity to make presentations with the effect of full immersion. Also, this system will be used in the near future in such important areas of our lives as construction (designing objects with visualization of the construction stages), education and science (for the fastest and most effective gaining of information), marketing (for promoting a product using VR presentations), medicine (to combat fears and to overcome stressful situations). Using VR Cave, developers and inventors can present their models in virtual reality, and the creation of simulators and the visualization of various situations will reach a new level. Now not everyone can afford such devices, but VR technologies are developing at the speed of light, and the available versions of VR devices won't take a long time. And how much our life will change with the advent of virtual reality, we'll find out very soon.

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Speedrun

Recently, speedrun in games has become more and more popular. WHAT IS SPEEDRUN? A speedrun is a play-through of a whole video game or a selected part of it (such as a single level), performed with the intention of completing it as fast as possible as part of a competition or just for fun. A play-through is recorded in a video format. The speedrun appeared in 1994, when a community of Doom players competed among themselves, trying to get through the game as quickly as possible. The main goal is to complete the game in the least amount of time, so players try to find the shortest route, often breaking the storyline, taking actions not covered by the game, remembering game bugs and using them to their advantage (for example, going through walls or jumping over long distances) . Players who are passionate about speedrun have tenacity and patience. Sometimes, to set a record, a gamer spends months and even years, because the only mistake can ruin the whole process, and the gamer has to start again. WHAT RECORDS DO PLAYERS SET? Here are some examples of the most famous games. Final Fantasy X was played-through by a German player in 9 hours and 4 minutes a month ago. The fastest speedrun of the New Super Mario Bros. was made by a player from the USA in 22 minutes 49 seconds 3 days ago. And the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was played-through by a player from Wales in just 18 seconds a year ago! At the moment, in many games there is a daily update of the rating for the speedrun. Exact records and highscore videos can be viewed on speedrun.com.

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