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A slew of negatives plague video games -- Peter Pan Syndrome, hyper-violence, camping -- but their youthfulness could do just what Nintendo's Brain Age promised: improve elderly brain function. Over four years, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco had a group play a custom ga...

September 5th 2013 at 1:44am 0 Comments
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Lumosity tops the chart in the educational category for the iPhone and now the "brain-enhancing" app has landed on the iPad. Similar to the iPhone app, the iPad version provides you with a personalized training program for your brain. Lumosity is known for its cognitive activities that give your...

August 2nd 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The brain training bandwagon has gotten increasingly crowded over the last year, with everyone and their brother seemingly thinking it's their duty to churn out interactive tools to help the cerebrally infirm. The latest company to climb on board is Eidos with Brain Voyage, a new "stylish and challe...

February 13th 2008 at 1:55pm 0 Comments
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Bringing an old story back to the forefront with a new angle, BBC show Watchdog reports that Michelle Livesey of Manchester can't get Brain Training (Brain Age in the States) to recognize her saying "yellow" -- she's apparently not saying it "posh" enough. Although Watchdog added a new dimension wi...

February 5th 2008 at 2:25pm 0 Comments
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The Brain Training series of DS games has been incredibly profitable all across the globe, with 17 million titles sold worldwide. But Dr. Kawashima -- the floating head mascot and brilliant mind behind the series -- doesn't care about the money. In fact, he has refused to take any royalties from th...

February 1st 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Promotional Consideration is a weekly feature about the Nintendo DS advertisements you usually flip past, change the channel on, or just tune out.The titling of this post is a bit of a misnomer, as we didn't start this column until early July, so it's more of a "half-year of" piece. No, you jerks,...

December 30th 2007 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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If there's one thing we need more of, it's brain training games. Thankfully this holiday season Majesco will fill this niche void with Left Brain Right Brain for the Nintendo DS, a platform that seems like such a natural fit for this sort of game that it's simply amazing someone didn't think of it s...

October 9th 2007 at 5:25pm 0 Comments
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Promotional Consideration is a weekly feature about the Nintendo DS advertisements you usually flip past, change the channel on, or just tune out.Those of you lucky enough to live in a city with a rapid transit system have likely seen at least one ad for a handheld game during your commutes. After...

August 26th 2007 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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These screens of My Word Coach highlight one new minigame found in the collection: understanding the French language. Okay, two new minigames-- there's also a game in which you click on falling letter-emblazoned blocks to spell out a list of words. It's Wordtris with a prescribed word list, basical...

August 23rd 2007 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
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Want proof that the new Sega brain training game really works? Here's the title: ?????? ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????. According to insert credit, that roughly translates to Kyouto University's Professor Atsuji Tetsuji Foundation's Japanese K...

August 9th 2007 at 5:55pm 0 Comments