Hello everybody and welcome to another Monday, you know what that means. That’s right, another 4 days until the weekend! That just made me a little sad too don’t worry. I have some stories and news from around the internet for you all and I am sure they will without a doubt put that smile back onto your faces. Let’s get started with our first story, shall we?
Sheriffs Help Kid Get Video Games Back
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s bullies. Bullies deserve to get, well I’ll keep my thoughts to myself on that one and keep this family friendly. In Hillsborough County Florida, 16-year-old Michael Johnsons video games were stolen. Michael Johnsons who has downs syndrome does not have a job so he couldn’t just up and save to buy them all back and his single mother doesn’t have that much money to go out and replace all the stolen video games either. I’m not sure if you know or not but video games aren’t always cheap. It isn’t said who had stolen his video games but it tugged at the heartstrings of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office who decided to step in and help replace Michaels video games. Video games are Michael’s life according to the county sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s office decided to team together with Target and Wal Mart and replaced damn near all of Michaels games for him. They brought Michael to the Sheriff’s office and surprised him with what they were able to do for him. In a time when police are getting a bad rap, I think it’s a really good story to share that shows there are still great people out there who just want to put good out in the world.
Video Games To Improve Health?
A lot of people believe that video games and obesity go hand in hand. With some people that can be true but we have been seeing a lot of attempts to encourage people to leave the couch for a little bit and become a little more active. Of course, us adults can realize the negative implications of sitting in front of a screen for hours on eating junk food and not getting enough exercise. Our worst fears are that the children who are playing video games might grow up obese and unhealthy from doing the exact same thing. There is a study from LSU’s (Louisiana State University) Pennington Biomedical Research Center out there that implemented a routine for children by combining video games and get this…PHYSICAL ACTIVITY! It sounds more like a “duh” kind of study but it is interesting. This study revolved around 46 children who were between the ages of 10 to 12 who were either overweight or obese. “Kids who gain excessive weight and are not physically active can develop early signs of heart disease and diabetes. They may also struggle every day with asthma, sleep apnea, and the other psychological and health challenges that excess weight and obesity can bring,” a quote from Dr. Amanda Staiano, who is the study’s primary investigator.
There were two groups in the study, one group was the control group. They were tasked with not changing their routine at all for six months, so their daily lives just remained business as usual for them. At the end of the six months, they were given Xbox systems and games that encourage movement like just dance. The second group was called the gaming group, they were given Xbox 360 systems with the Kinect and games like Just Dance 3, Disneyland Adventures, Fitness Evolved 2012 and Kinect Sports Season 2. You can see these titles that are more focused on physical activity. The gaming group was encouraged to meet the national standard of 60 minutes of physical activity per day and also given a challenge book where they were asked to complete 3 one hour gaming sessions per week. They were also given fit bits to record their steps and the families had access to video chats over the video with Pennington Biomedical fitness coaches to monitor the children’s progress. Needless to say, the control group with their regular routine grew more unhealthy while the gaming group became healthier over the course of six months. It is an interesting study to think about and shows everyone that video games can indeed aid in helping children become healthier under the right conditions.
If you want to check out all the studies’ information check out the original article here: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/turns-out-video-games-can-help-improve-the-health-in-obese-children/articleshow/65079049.cms
Marvel’s First VR Game
Over the past 10 years, Marvel has made a really big name for itself in a lot more homes other than just comic books. The Marvel cinematic universe is always coming out with some of the best stories, fight sequences and CGI out in the industry today. Now, they tackle the realm of VR (virtual reality). For those of us who have wanted to be like Spider-Man and web up all the bad guys and hang them on the ceiling for the cops to toss in jail, your dreams are about to come true. Marvel is debuting their VR game titles Marvel Powers United VR on July 26th. Bill Rosemann, Executive Creative Director at Marvel Games spoke with Cheddar.com about the upcoming game and said “It unleashes that fantasy, that ultimate fantasy of being the Marvel character, you look down, and you don’t just look like Captain Marvel or Captain America. You have their powers.” A lot of us remember feeling like this would be the case when the Star Wars game came out on the Kinect all those years ago but this game is going to be on the Oculus Rift, a more advanced piece of hardware in comparison. That should be enough for a lot of us to feel confident this game will kick all sorts of butt while you’re doing the same as the Incredible Hulk. Keep an eye out for this game when it Hulk smashes it’s way onto the sales floor July 26th.
If you want to check out the demo video of this game check out the original article here: https://cheddar.com/videos/marvels-will-launch-first-ever-vr-game-next-week
Scammers In Fortnite
There are plenty of people out there who are kind and would give you the shirts off their backs if need be, on the flip side there are also a bunch of trashy worms who will take you for a ride faster than a porn star. Unfortunately, young 13-year-old Jake Bates from Mason, Ohio found out the hard way about the latter while playing Fortnite. According to his mom Amy Bates, her son was talking to another gamer online who was able to gain the trust of the young teenager. So much so this gamer was able to convince Jake to give him his username and password so he could get Jake more skins for his character. The gamer then took full control of Jake’s profile changing recovery passwords and the phone number attached to the account. The gamer also had access to Jakes mom’s credit card now and wound up spending $300 and killed off Jakes character when he was done. Moral of the story, do not give out any sensitive info online to people you don’t know. Even if it’s for the promise of new skins, it’s not worth it.
That’s It For This Week Everyone!
Thanks for checking out another Monday Newz entry, let me know what you think about the pieces. Did you hear about any of these topics before? Let me know in the comments down below! Until next week everyone, take care.