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Computer games lift kids from depression, says research

A new research has proved that playing games on computer can be just as effective as treating a patient of depression through one-on-one counseling. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Auckland by doctors from New Zealand, and the study report was published online by British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week.

According to the study, most of the adolescents hate to seek professional help for mental health issues. To tackle this, the researchers developed an interactive fantasy game called Sparx that allows each player to choose an avatar and then take on a series of seven challenges over a span of four to seven weeks to restore balance in a virtual world overrun by ‘Gnats’ (Gloomy Negative Automatic Thoughts). The research was conducted on 94 youngsters who were diagnosed with depression and whose average age was 15 and a half.

Around 44% of the players who carried out at least four of the seven challenges recovered completely. In the conventional treatment group, only 26% recovered fully. The participants gave a high rating to Sparx, saying they liked being able to use it at home and to learn playing it at their own pace.

“Use of the program resulted in a clinically significant reduction in depression, anxiety and hopelessness, and an improvement in quality of life,” said Sally Merry, an associate professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine, and the leader of the research team.

Visit bmj.com to view the complete findings of this study.

GAMELOFT® brings Ice Age Village in your hands

GAMELOFT has signed a pact with Fox Digital Entertainment and it will come with an all new game based on the animated blockbuster movie series named Ice Age. Each edition of Ice Age movie has been much loved and adored since its first release in 2002 by Blue Sky Studios. The story revolves around the effort of the three mammals to reunite a human baby to its parents.
The Ice Age Village game will make the players react with the three adorable characters; Sid, Manny, and Diego. It will also have mini games involving Scrat. Senior Vice President of Publishing at GAMELOFT, Gonzague de Vallois said, “As such, we’re absolutely thrilled to offer the official Ice Age game on smartphones and tablets. We have invested tremendously in this title and it is definitely one of our most important launches this year.” He also said that the company will try to live up to the expectations behind the launch of Ice Age as a game. With the advent of Ice Age Village on your iOS and Android platforms, it is sure that very few will be able to keep their hands off this game.

Disney Universe — suit up as your favorite Toon

Colorful and recreational, Disney Universe is a thoroughly fun-filled game title. It lets you befit a character of your choice from a number of animation movies such as The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Monsters, Inc. There are more than 40 characters to choose from. Become Alice, Tron, Captain Jack Sparrow, or anyone else and move on to the battleground. The multiplayer mode offers the option to play with up to four participants. You can even make teams among your friends. There are six different Disney worlds, where you would meet hurdles, challenges, as well as the chances to grab coins and power-ups. Each world has three zones and subsequently, each zone has three levels. You would need to be well focused and attentive against the tryst of traps and tricks. ‘Mischief, madness and mayhem’ is what Disney says about this game.

Disney Universe also offers downloadable add-ons for more adventure in the game. Apart from all this, the game offers two interesting engagements— Create Your Photo Mash-up and Design Your Costume. On the Disney webpage for this game, you can create your own Disney hero or just design a costume for your favorite character. You can also look for the cool ‘Printables’ such as stickers, character charms, special playing cards, or even the whole playsets. Occasionally, the sweepstakes are also held on the webpage, in which you can win some pretty rewards.

You can buy the game from the Disney official website to begin the journey as one of the most-loved toons from the vivid dreamland of Disney, right on your favorite gaming device.

Rating: 10+
Genre: Action-adventure
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii, Windows PC

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Remove the default games from Windows 7

Windows 7 and any Windows operating system comes in bundled with preloaded games. These are classic games like Solitaire, MineSweeper, Spider Solitaire, etc which, for some people, very addictive and very good tool to pass time. However, for some it may be completely obsolete and useless game and they might want to remove them from the system. A user who has a high end computer which is completely customized for gaming experience will never be interested in such basic games or even a user who is using his or her Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop completely for business purpose and never use it for multimedia and entertainment purpose then he or she would also never want such games to be presented on system.

These games take the system resource and also holds a certain amount of disk apace as well, so if you really are not interested to keep these games then you can follow these below mentioned simple steps to remove default games from your Windows 7 PC.

Step1: Click on Start Menu and open Control Panel. This will load a new window with all the in-built Windows utilities and applications.

Step2: Select the option ‘Uninstall a Program’ under the main page in Program heading.

Step3: The previous step will load another window with new options. It will show you all the installed programs on your computer, now from the same place you will need to click on the option ‘Turn Windows feature on or off’, which is shown on the left pane of the same screen.

Step4: It might take a bit to launch a new window as it is going to list all the default operating system features in one screen. After a while, windows will pop up with all the default functions of the Windows from where you need to uncheck ‘Games.’ User can also expand the Games tab and remove any specific games from the list do not want to remove all the default Windows games from the computer.

Step5: Now click on the OK tab to complete the process. Once you click on Ok, it will show you a progress bar with the indication of removing the default games from the computer.

Users can restore the games back in future as well by going to the same place as mentioned in the Step4 and check the option of games again.

Windows 7 and any Windows operating system comes in bundled with preloaded games. These are classic games like Solitaire, MineSweeper, Spider Solitaire, etc which, for some people, very addictive and very good tool to pass time. However, for some it may be completely obsolete and useless game and they might want to remove them from the system. A user who has a high end computer which is completely customized for gaming experience will never be interested in such basic games or even a user who is using his or her Windows 7 Laptop or Desktop completely for business purpose and never use it for multimedia and entertainment purpose then he or she would also never want such games to be presented on system.

These games take the system resource and also holds a certain amount of disk apace as well, so if you really are not interested to keep these games then you can follow these below mentioned simple steps to remove default games from your Windows 7 PC.

Step1:

Click on Start Menu and open Control Panel. This will load a new window with all the in-built Windows utilities and applications.

Step2:

Select the option ‘Uninstall a Program’ under the main page in Program heading.

Step3:

The previous step will load another window with new options. It will show you all the installed programs on your computer, now from the same place you will need to click on the option ‘Turn Windows feature on or off’, which is shown on the left pane of the same screen.

Step4:

It might take a bit to launch a new window as it is going to list all the default operating system features in one screen. After a while, windows will pop up with all the default functions of the Windows from where you need to uncheck ‘Games.’ User can also expand the Games tab and remove any specific games from the list do not want to remove all the default Windows games from the computer.

Step5: Now click on the OK tab to complete the process. Once you click on Ok, it will show you a progress bar with the indication of removing the default games from the computer.

Users can restore the games back in future as well by going to the same place as mentioned in the Step4 and check the option of games again.

Nintendo 3DS to be launched with 18 games

If you are preparing to purchase the Nintendo 3DS gaming console, you will have 18 games to opt from for your starter collection. But this time they are going to cost a bit more than the regular DS titles. Nintendo has also shown its launch day products for the handheld gaming system as well as revealed the price to be $40, which is just $5 more than titles for the DS platform.

Nintendo has recently revealed a new line of products in the handheld gaming system with the price tag of $40. The 3DS will not begin with characters like Mario or Zelda, but outdoor publishing partners will have familiar names, including Super Street Fighter, The Sims, Star Wars, Rayman, and Madden. The system will also come with built-in titles Face Raiders, and AR Games.

Nintendo itself will add nintendogs + cats; it is nothing but a sequel to its admired pet simulator, along with submarine simulator Steel Diver and Pilotwings Resort. It seems that the company is protecting its main products for a little later in the year when there are more 3DS systems in people’s hands and the holidays are depicting near.

They are also planning to increase the overall number of games available for the 3DS from 18 to more than 30 by mid-June. To enhance demand for the system, the company is also setting up a widespread promotional campaign, with over 5,000 units in stores and people representing mobile units on the streets of major cities.

We were not expecting the $5 premium for titles and it could still make things challenging for the company. Nintendo has already owned the handheld gaming space since pretty older times, it faces radically augmented competition from Apple these days, as players have flocked to the iOS devices, where game prices almost never crossed $10.

If you have already planned to buy one then here we are providing the titles that will help to assemble your shopping list: Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo), Steel Diver (Nintendo), nintendogs + cats (Nintendo), Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom), The Sims 3 (EA), Madden NFL Football (EA), Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami), LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts), Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai), Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega), Bust-a-Move Universe (Square-Enix), Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei America), Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft), Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft), Rayman 3D (Ubisoft) and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft).

Nokia® C5-03 review

Nokia is the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The company makes a range of phones for CDMA and GSM networks. Nokia is also developing mobile applications like music, games, videos, and maps. All these applications are available on the platform called Nokia Ovi store. Nokia has a major presence in the smartphone market and they have launched so many models which have attractive features. Nokia N8 and C7 are particularly famous in the smartphone category.

Recently Nokia announced the Nokia C5-03 in the UK market. Nokia describes this model as a stylish and one of the affordable models. The Nokia C5-03 is a 3G set and also has one of the best connectivity as Wi-Fi and HSDPA. It has also the best mobile browsing with a 3.2-inch TFT resistive touch screen. The phone has 128 MB RAM and supports up to 16GB microSD. It has a 5-mega pixel camera with VGA support of 15fps. It also has the geo tagging feature. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz ARM 11 processor and has Symbian OS v9.4. Nokia C5-03 has free Ovi apps like Doodle Jump, Shazam Encore, ESPN, Real Football Mini Edition and many more bundled with the device. It has also the better Wi-Fi connectivity that gives you freedom to connect to Ovi applications with so much of ease. In this specific model you can also add contact shortcuts to the home screen and stay close with your friends. The 3.5G connectivity is also an added advantage in the Nokia C5-03 and you can connect it to any Wi-Fi hotspot. Nokia is hoping impressive sales for C5-03 with added Ovi Maps and other applications. You can easily access the Ovi store that is built-in with this model.

In the smartphone sector, Nokia is lagging behind bigger counterparts like Apple, Samsung and HTC. Nokia N8 was recently launched but recorded an average review. Nokia is very much aware of this situation and is introducing excellent products to meet consumer demands.

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