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Brain Age: Train your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: There are few video games that come along that actually claim to improve your life in any way, shape or form. Brain Age not only makes the claim, but has a well known, and well respected scientist (Professor Ryuta Kawashima) who has put his reputation behind the improvements Brain Age gives. A series of simple mathematical operations and reading out loud is performed which stimulates certain regions of the brain.
Conclusion: Does Nintendo’s prefrontal cortex stimulator Brain Age effectively massage the brain for a more lively noggin? According to Dr. Kawashima, who’s used near-infrared spectroscopy to posit the answers, the answer would be yes, as the brain has been shown to increase blood flow and light up in specific regions while running through the Brain Age exercises. Effective or not, this is a uniquely engaging piece of interactive software—and it’s 20 bucks.
Conclusion: Brain Age is the most important video game released since the 1998 Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time crafted what we all accept today as 3D gameplay. It’s not only the best representative for the shift that is happening in our industry, but it was the catalyst for it. You know things have changed when the only games Microsoft announce at E3 are an adaptation for Xbox 360 of Scene It? and a Viva Piñata party game.
Summary: Parents need to know that this educational game asks players to do math problems, read out loud, count syllables in passages, and memorize numbers and their location on the screen. Since math calculations are tested, kids need to know their multiplication and division facts before playing. Some of the mental games rely on voice and handwriting recognition technology, which don't always work correctly.
Excerpt: Well, you can colour me surprised. I never expected this monster Japanese hit to ever make it across the land of the rising sun’s borders and into the Western world. That isn’t to say that I’m not glad that it has, because I certainly am. After literally hundreds of titles that either use the touch-screen as an afterthought, or as a half-assed control mechanism for a game engine that really did need to use the d-pad, it’s nice to see that Nintendo’s innovation isn’t on...
Conclusion: Brain Age: Train Your Brain In Minutes a Day! provides a different type of satisfaction than a regular videogame would. It helps anyone get their brain to work at the very best it can, and on top of that it will not bore the player in the process as twenty minutes a day is all that’s needed. It’s a perfect match between enjoying a few minutes of spare time and helping one’s brain.
Excerpt: Developer - Nintendo Publisher - Nintendo Features Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play Touch Screen compatible Microphone compatible As I walk around the neighborhood where my wife and I reside I can tell that spring has sprung and the road to summer is upon us. This is clearly evident as many people are outside walking, jogging, rollerblading or riding their bicycles.
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day review (DS)
9 July 2006
Excerpt: There is one particular question that can be heard echoing throughout the corridors of time. It is something that cannot be correctly answered by most people, which usually include: the casuals, gaming novices, and those who have never touched a game in their miserable life. That question would be, “Can video games help us improve our intelligence?” Well, the way games have always been made could be the reason why most people ask this.