It startled me because in recent years I’ve seen plenty of pushback against the “screentime” idea; for example, just a couple of years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics admitted that lumping all screentime together was nonsensical and changed its guidelines to focus on reducing junk apps and programs, which really isn’t all that different from how my own parents treated TV and consoles back when I was a kid. … [Read more...] about For Science: Why ‘screentime’ is a useless measure of media consumption
Read on for a recap of our best science-related MMO articles from 2018, from Raph Koster’s Trust Spectrum and EVE Online’s contributions to the Human Project Atlas to the psychology of Fortnite’s popularity and WHO’s “gaming disorder” classification. Big game data and the potential to abuse it have been much on our minds as well. … [Read more...] about A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2018
I don’t think I can express how excited I am to bring this column to life on Massively Overpowered. Reverse Engineering covers the one thing I do most in every single game that I play: overthink everything. Have you ever said to yourself, “That’s not how that works” or “I bet you could actually do that in real life?” Then you are going to love this column. Too often I find myself asking, “Do jetpacks really work the way they do in Anthem?” and “What would actually happen to you if you were hit by a frost giant like in Canon Exiles?” Those and many more questions I hope to find answers by reverse engineering some of my favorite “massively” games. … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: The science of Elder Scrolls Online’s dragons
Just as we know the distance that sound travels over time (343 meters per second), we know how fast P-waves travel through the earth. Unlike waves moving through the air, waves traveling through the ground hit a larger variety of surfaces, so there isn’t one set speed of P-waves. But there is a chart that works off averages. Given the reading above, we can say that our seismograph was about 215 km away from the epicenter of the earthquake. … [Read more...] about Reverse Engineering: Predicting Fortnite’s earthquakes… with science!
One test conducted among the ‘self-proclaimed’ speed readers found out that none could cross the 600 WPM mark while maintaining a respectable comprehension rate. While improving your reading speeds should be one of your top priorities, overdoing it won’t help you much anyway. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Speed Reading & How To Read Faster & Save Time