Nightly News Roundup: 03.15.2012

Of Transformers, eye disorders, and mathematics.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 03/15/2012 20:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Transformers Prime Games Headed to Nintendo Platforms

For those of you Transformer fans who have not been left with a bad taste in your mouth by the Michael Bay films, rejoice! Activision is coming out with a Transformers Prime video game for Wii and 3DS. The game is pretty much like the movie without the terrible Shia LeBeouf’s lack of acting skills– robots fighting. So those of you who enjoy brawlers and Transformers, then it’s your lucky day!

Source: Joystiq

Nintendo Wii: A Cheap Way to Diagnose Eye Problems?

We’ve heard many things about video games before, especially Nintendo games and platforms– they can help with your mind, your body, and even your attention span. The Wii remotes have been shown to show an ability to diagnose ocular torticollis. For those of you who are medically challenged, this pretty much means if you have an abnormal head position, which is caused by eye disorders. The study, which was performed by researchers at the Seoul National University of Medicine, used two Wii remotes to create an infrared tracker which helped measure head position in real time.

While only 1.3% of children have this disorder, it is a very big breakthrough for helping diagnosing this eye disorder. Around last year, there was also a study about how the 3DS could help with diagnosing eye disorders as well. Who knew that video games could be beneficial in the world of science?

Source: NewsroomAmerica

A New Meaning to “Nintendo Hard”

Suddenly, many different mathematically-challenged folks (like myself) feel like mathematical geniuses after reading this latest study from MIT. In a study about the mathematical complexities of video games, a handful of classic Nintendo games have been classified as “NP-Hard” which is a class of mathematical problems. Using a combination of Booleans and logical puzzles, these results were achieved. Some games that were classified in this category include several games from the Mario franchise, the Legend of Zelda franchise, Metroid franchise, and Pok√©mon franchise. So maybe the next time you’re perusing the kingdom of Hyrule when you should be studying for your math exam, you can justify your game playing is a form of studying.


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