What Motivates College Students to Play Pokémon Go?
Playing Pokémon Go gets students moving, including those who aren't gamers. Public health experts say that's a good thing.
In Gaming, Player Behavior Reflects Roles – Even When No Roles Are Given
New research from NC State finds that player behavior in narrative role-playing games (RPGs) reflects specific character roles – even if the game tells players nothing about the character’s role.
Researchers Roll Out Science Video Game With Demonstrated Results
Researchers are rolling out a science video game and educational curriculum, making them freely available to educators.
Researchers Advance Artificial Intelligence for Player Goal Prediction in Gaming
NC State researchers have developed artificial intelligence software that is significantly better than any previous technology at predicting what goal a player is trying to achieve in a video game. The work holds promise for helping game developers design new ways of improving the gameplay experience.
Researchers Design Interactive Software to Target Teen Alcohol Use
If you want teens to avoid risky behavior, you can’t just give teenagers the facts – you have to get them to engage with the information, feel motivated to change, and have the confidence and skills to keep themselves safe. […]
Seniors Who Play Video Games Report Better Sense of Emotional Well-Being
New research finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. It’s correlation, not causation, but it is interesting. Researchers at NC State’s Gains Through Gaming lab asked 140 people aged 63 and older how […]
Researchers Unveil New Technique to Detect Bots in Casual Online Games
Casual online games, such as FarmVille and Fantastic Contraption, have thousands of enthusiastic followers – but the use of automated “bots” to give some players an advantage is short-changing the companies behind the games. Now researchers from NC State have […]
Students Get Giant Screen Test
Although the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is still under construction on Centennial Campus, it’s already giving students hands-on experience with the gaming industry’s newest technology.
NC State forensic sciences: Virtual crime scene
With 3-D modeling, NC State researchers are recreating crime scenes for law enforcement.
Gaming’s Crystal Ball
Video games are more popular than ever. The online role-playing game World of Warcraft (WoW) alone has more than 11 million registered players. And generating new content to keep those players involved can be a challenge. But now NC State researchers have developed a way to predict what players will do next – and that can help video-game designers give the players exactly what they want.
Game On! Getting Serious with Serious Gaming
Everyone knows that little Johnny loves going home after school and getting to spend some time playing video games. But what if Johnny could get his game on at school? And what if the game’s content actually furthers his education? […]
A Pirate’s Tale
Students in computer science and industrial design at North Carolina State University have developed a game that lets kids experience history anew in "Blackbeard’s Escape." The game is fun way for kids to learn about the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's flagship which ran aground off the North Carolina coast in 1718. Players of "Blackbeard’s Escape" are able to experience the action of interactive ship battles through flashbacks to the 1700s, learn about good diving practices, and explore artifact recovery and conservation.