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Building real security with virtual worlds

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Advances in computerized modeling and prediction of group behavior, together with improvements in video game graphics, are making possible virtual worlds in which defense analysts can explore and predict results of possible military and policy actions, say computer science researchers.
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Cracking K-12 Edtech: Lessons From TenMarks, Panorama, & Playrific - Xconomy

Cracking K-12 Edtech: Lessons From TenMarks, Panorama, & Playrific - Xconomy | Development in Gaming | Scoop.it
Cracking K-12 Edtech: Lessons From TenMarks, Panorama, & Playrific Xconomy It took longer than expected, but TenMarks figured out how to make math-education software more compelling by personalizing it for individual kids' questions and folding in...
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The use of video game mechanics in educational activities is an effective method of introducing course content without boring them with the monotony of class work. A child-friendly, dynamic interface (one that uses humorous animations for example) can assist in teaching the course in a way that appeals to children. A reward system, as described in the article, would add a sense of purpose to the activity and motivate the child further.

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NASA puts its asteroid-moving mission into a video game - VentureBeat

NASA puts its asteroid-moving mission into a video game - VentureBeat | Development in Gaming | Scoop.it
ABC News NASA puts its asteroid-moving mission into a video game VentureBeat “The collaboration with KSP can help drive interest by future explorers in next-generation technology development and deep space exploration,” NASA communications...
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The addition of NASA's upcoming Asteroid Redirect Mission to the indie game, "Kerbal Space Program," may be an entertaining way to inform people of the approaches taken in a mission such as this. The simulation of real astro-physics, as alleged in the article, may even be a method of training for astronauts if taken into consideration.

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How The Oculus Rift Can Help NASA Find Life On Other Planets - ReadWrite

How The Oculus Rift Can Help NASA Find Life On Other Planets - ReadWrite | Development in Gaming | Scoop.it
ReadWrite How The Oculus Rift Can Help NASA Find Life On Other Planets ReadWrite That's why virtual reality hardware—with the Oculus Rift VR headset leading the charge—provides a perfect testing ground for feats of engineering like the Webb...
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It is amazing to see how the amount of innovation in the video gaming industry has had an indirect affect on other institutions such as NASA. If they implement the Oculus Rift in training programs for future NASA staff, they may be able to increase both the immersion and the realism of the programs. This, in turn, can make the Oculus an intuitive and entertaining educational tool for aspiring men and women of NASA.

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Better Bodies, Grittier Combat in New Videogames; Next-Generation Consoles Offer More Graphics Capabilities -- But Will Many Users Upgrade?

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Former FBI profiler: 'Video Games Do Not Cause Violence'

A former FBI profiler on Sunday warned that some gun advocates were making a mistake by rushing to blame the December mass shooting of 20 children in Connect...
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Although I believe that the industry will continue to improve in five to ten years, there will always be this "moral panic" surrounding the industry's line of violent video games. This interview shows that further developments in the industry will not cause an increase in violent crime. To be honest, it is a surprise to hear this from a (former) government official despite the amount of protests by the U.S. government.

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Games and Education Scholar James Paul Gee on Video Games, Learning, and Literacy

James Paul Gee is an expert on how video games fit within an overall theory of learning and literacy. He is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Lit...
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This insight into video games from James Gee was quite interesting. He claimed that despite the game's setting, it has problems that must be solved in order to reach a particular outcome. The solutions to the problems, I might add, is also an educational experience since people can learn, to a degree: resource management, judgement of physics and how to use logic in solving puzzles.

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3D Tech - NASA Uses Video Games for Visualization & Engineering

Developed by NASA and Valador, Inc., the DON uses commercial gaming technology to bring 3D models of simulated mission data to the desktop. For more info vis...
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Although it may seem like a bland, passive experience, it is admittedly impressive to see a chat system (both voice and text) implemented into the DOM simulator. This system is especially good for long-distance education in the field of astronomy and, in particular, NASA space missions. Voice chat is a convenient function to make communication easy; as it had been for all who had ever played online games.

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Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room - NPR (blog)

Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room - NPR (blog) | Development in Gaming | Scoop.it
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Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room
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A helper at the exhibit assists you in putting on the Oculus Rift, which is about the size of a pair of ski goggles. But, inside it are sensors and screens.
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The Oculus Rift is quite a milestone in virtual reality. To increase the immersion to the point that it simulates real world experiences have many potential uses in various industries. NASA would especially benefit from using the technology to give some insight into the effects of space.

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