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Academics Take on Video Games

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Abstract

The Center for Computer Games Research in Denmark has emerged as one of the leading organizations in the study of theory and practice of video gaming. Located at the Information Technology University in Copenhagen, the center attracts a small cadre of academics interested in pursuing high-level research on various aspects of gaming. The center is the home for academics doing Ph.D.-level work in such areas as the economic, social, political, and educational effects of video games. A researcher from Spain is studying the ethics of games, while others study such topics as women's issues in gaming and the educational value of commercial games. Researchers at the center say that games such as Super Monkey Ball can improve players' hand-eye coordination and that the multiplayer mode provides an effective means of studying human rivalry.

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