video games

People who played action video games that involve first-person shooters, such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, experienced shrinkage in a brain region called the hippocampus, according to a study published Tuesday in Molecular Psychiatry. That part of the brain is associated with spatial navigation, stress regulation and memory. Playing Super Mario games, in which the noble plumber strives to rescue a princess, had the opposite effect on the hippocampus, causing growth in it.

Last week, as part of our kids and technology theme week, Steve Henn wrote about how video game makers are spending more time and money tracking players' behavior.

"As we play games, game designers are running tests on us and our kids. They're asking themselves what can they tweak to make us play just a bit longer," Henn wrote.

  

Traditionally Video games have been championed for their visual accomplishments. Just like any good movie, video games require a musical score to complete the package. Two Murray State students are exploring that music in a Video Game Concert this weekend.

The concert is the brainchild of music student Brittany Young. She said she found a way to bring together her two passions, music and video games.

“I just, was like, you know maybe I can get a little ensemble together maybe I can arrange a little bit,” Young said.