Nightly News Roundup: 01.10.2012

Excessive gamers may show more signs of depression; 3DS reigns for seventh month in row; Rhythm Heaven trailer gets us in the mood.

By Andrew Hsieh. Posted 01/09/2012 20:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Australian study shows excessive gamers more depressed

While it’s not completely up for peer review yet, the Global Video Game Play, Health and Well-being Study, headed by Victoria University researcher Daniel Loton, has already produced some interesting results. Checking up on two groups of gamers– those who spend more than 21 hours a week playing video games and those who spend less than that– the study has so far indicated that the group that played more video games had 25% more depression and 15% more stress and anxiety than its opposite. In addition, Loton reported that this group also scored “enough to determine clinical significance,” though he also noted that there is little negative effect of gaming on work or study. (Rather, gamers outperformed their peers at academic excellence.)

Currently, Loton is still looking for more participants on his study’s site here, in order to investigate whether “excessive video game play” (which he also terms “video game addiction”) has “possible negative relationships with mental, social and physical health.” The study is composed through completing short surveys every month regarding “parenting, working, studying and romantic relationships,” and focuses on adults of eighteen years and older.
Source: VG 24/7

1,492,931 3DS Systems Sold to Break JPN December Record

Enterbrain first started recording unit sales in 1997, and this year, the Nintendo 3DS broke Enterbrain’s December records by selling 1,492,931 units between November 28 and December 25. For the past seven months, in fact, the 3DS has been first place in the charts, likely in part due to its massive price cut (and Ambassadorships) decision back in August. Released on December 17, the PlayStation Portable Vita sold 402,794 units, coming in second place.

Still, even with Vita’s pretty impressive debut, the comments are still a-raging with all the anger of the inevitably forthcoming handheld console wars. It’s vile in there! Can’t we all just have fun and play video games?
Source: IGN

North American Rhythm Heaven Trailer Released

And as a chipper final note (so to speak), here’s the trailer for the North American version of  Rhythm Heaven Fever. Sure, the voices are a teensy tiny bit different, but that same ol’ rhythm-tappin’ goodness is still intact. We’ll let the trailer speak for itself.

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