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Despite the lasting stereotype that the key demographic of online gamers are socially withdrawn teenagers, it’s clear to anyone who indulges in it that gaming can be an incredibly social activity. Be it sharing a physical gaming experience during couch co-op or a virtual one by linking up with friends and randoms on your game of choice, it has been stated that over 70% of gamers play with others.
But what is it about games that make them the perfect stimulant for building and maintaining relationships?
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The most obvious facet about games as a whole (that’s games of all sorts) is that the vast, vast majority need to be played with at least one other person. While an arguable majority of traditional games will pit you against one another—from chess to poker—many modern video games will instead pull you together as a team to work towards a shared goal, whether that be against another team of players or to progress a narrative.
This act of playing together is fundamental to the ability of video games to stimulate relationships for a number of reasons.
1) A Shared Goal.
By giving players a shared goal, you and your fellow player(s) have something mutual to engage with and work towards—and that is the perfect fuel to start a friendship.
This naturally allows each other’s problem solving and pragmatic abilities to shine through, stimulating discussion of the task ahead, while also facilitating the banter which comes with that plan working out (or not).
2) Opening Up Avenues for Communication
Alongside your discussion of how to obtain the goal, there’s bound to be a bunch of downtimes. But by already getting your brains into gear by discussing a way forwards, the floodgates for communication have been opened.
This means that during that downtime it’s the perfect time to strike up a conversation, whether it’s wholly relevant or not. From talk of game mechanics, how to get certain items, or completely random comments about yourselves in the real world, this likelihood for conversation means you’re likely to get to know your fellow players if you’re all wanting to engage socially.
Of course, such communication may lend itself best to certain types of games or players, but in an empirical study way back in 2003, Mark Griffiths and colleagues found that 10% of EverQuest players stated their favorite part of the entire game was chatting with friends and guildmates.
3) Having Each Other’s Backs
As they say; actions speak louder than words. In such a way, whether you’re in need of a few more crafting materials in an MMO or are being flanked in an FPS the act of someone else looking out for you in the virtual world can be another point of solidifying relationships.
This is especially true when you become more familiar with a given player and have experienced a number of encounters with them.
But this, as with most things regarding relationships, can also come back around to communication—with the ability to help bolster your fellow players’ resolve when they see defeat or failure ahead, congratulating them overplaying well or calming them down after a particularly tense moment.
4) Creating Memories
On the most basic level, whoever you play with and whatever you do in that play session, you are making memories. Memories that are either directly linked to the game you’re playing or totally unrelated memories of chatting and being in each other’s presence.
The Ever-Increasing Importance of Social Gaming
After living through 2020, I think all of us can agree that online spaces are incredibly important for facilitating social spaces to both further existing relationships and make new ones. As such, the ability for video games to play a prime role in this whole interaction can’t be overlooked.
But even more than friendships, it is becoming more and more common to hear of romantic relationships and marriages to find their origins in online gaming—a handful of such stories are most easily sampled on Reddit.
And somehow we have gone through this entire discussion without even mentioning purely social games like the legendary Habbo Hotel, Club Penguin, or the more recent VR Chat—which are themselves testament to people’s desire to socialize in digital spaces.
So, what are you waiting for; grab that keyboard or controller and plug in your headset and go and have some nice, social fun with some buddies, new or old, on your favorite game. Who knows, maybe you’ll make some new friends.
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By Md Waquar Haider
When popular smartphone brands like Xiaomi and realme entered the laptop market in India last year, they were expected to shake the existing giants, specifically under the Rs 50,000 category. However, chip shortage and supply crunch have somewhat dented their plans to make a significant mark to date. According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. The first one is a massive supply crunch in the laptop component market and only big brands are able to get volume and supplies.
The other factor is that the traditional players are very strong in the consumer laptop market. Top 3 players control more than 70 per cent of the market and strong portfolio, distribution, and channel reach as well as brand marketing has helped them massively. "New brands can surely make a dent in the consumer laptop market but are challenged by supply issues right now. Watch out for them in 2022 as and when supply situation eases up," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India told IANS.
Dominated by HP Inc, Lenovo and Dell, the traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in India continued to be robust as the shipments grew by 50.5 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter (Q2), according to IDC. Notebook PCs continue to hold more than three-fourth share in the overall category and grew 49.9 per cent YoY in 2Q21, reporting a fourth consecutive quarter with over 2 million units. Desktops also indicated a recovery as shipments grew 52.3 per cent YoY after recording the lowest shipments of the decade in 2Q20.
According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, driven by the pandemic and the associated accelerated pivot to remote work, learn and unwind culture, PCs have been witnessing heightened demand. "Despite the current supply chain constraints, PCs are here to stay in the new never normal. In the run-up to the festive season, established PC market leaders will continue to leverage their brand salience and gain market share," Ram told IANS.
According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. | Photo by Manuel on Unsplash
"On the other hand, there is a niche market for those new market entrants that are able to differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of features and value. "Alongside, they would need to back it with strong brand messaging to create awareness and recall amongst the target consumers," Ram added.
HP maintained its lead in the India PC market with a 33.6 per cent share as its shipments grew 54.2 per cent annually. Dell Technologies continued to hold the second position with a 22.1 per cent share and an impressive 86.1 per cent YoY growth in 2Q21. Lenovo maintained the third position with a share of 17.8 per cent in 2Q21.
Arvind Suraj, Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), said that there is always a trust issue with new brands. "You won't buy a laptop in 6 or 7 months just like smartphones. In this case, we often go for existing players. Brands like Lenovo, HP, ASUS and Acer have already gained our trust," he said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Chip, shortage, laptop, market, India, Xiaomi, hp, dell, brands
A drug used to treat agitation in people with dementia is no more effective than a placebo, and might even increase mortality, according to a new study published in The Lancet. The research, led by researchers at the University of Plymouth, showed that antidepressant mirtazapine offered no improvement in agitation for people with dementia -- and was possibly more likely to be associated with mortality than no intervention at all.
Agitation is a common symptom of dementia, characterized by inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity, and often involves physical and verbal aggression. Non-drug patient-centered care is the first intervention that should be offered but, when this doesn't work, clinicians may move to a drug-based alternative.
Agitation is a common symptom of dementia, characterized by inappropriate verbal, vocal or motor activity, and often involves physical and verbal aggression. | Photo by Danie Franco on Unsplash
Antipsychotics have proven to increase death rates in those with dementia, along with other poor outcomes, and so mirtazapine has been routinely prescribed. This study was designed to add to the evidence base around its effectiveness. The study recruited 204 people with probable or possible Alzheimer's disease from 20 sites around the UK, allocating half to mirtazapine and half to placebo.
The trial was double-blind; meaning that neither the researcher nor the study participants knew what they were taking. The results showed that there was no less agitation after 12 weeks in the mirtazapine group than in the control group. There were also more deaths in the mirtazapine group (seven) by week 16 than in the control group (only one), with analysis suggesting this was of marginal statistical significance.
"Dementia affects 46 million people worldwide -- a figure set to double over the next 20 years. Poor life quality is driven by problems like agitation and we need to find ways to help those affected," said lead researcher Professor Sube Banerjee, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the varsity. "This study shows that a common way of managing symptoms is not helpful -- and could even be detrimental. It's really important that these results are taken into account and mirtazapine is no longer used to treat agitation in people with dementia," Banerjee added. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Depression, antidepressant, dementia, drug, effective, life, health
Digital beauty platform Boddess.com aims to be a disrupter in the Indian beauty market segment offering a curation of products to suit customisation and individual needs. Intime for the festive season, Chandni Goyal, Training Manager at House of Beauty and Boddess, shares a few tricks to see you through endless nights of partying:
* Have fun with colour and sparkle--Move away from blacks and browns and experiment with colours complementing your outfit. The traditional smokey eye can be given a touch of glamour with a dab of glitter eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eyes. It will make your eye make-up pop and will be just what is needed for a festive look.
Move away from blacks and browns and experiment with colours complementing your outfit. | Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
* Define your eyes with wing eyeliner--Don't shy from entering the negative space and go all out to draw a bold line to define your eyes and make a statement. Start from the inner corner of the top lid--keep the line thin here, extending along the lash line, going thicker, and finishing with a thick wing towards the outer corner of the eyes.
Don't shy from entering the negative space and go all out to draw a bold line to define your eyes and make a statement. | Photo by Taylor Heery on Unsplash
* Don't forget the lashes--They can really make or break your entire look. Add a few generous coats of volumizing mascara and if you are a pro, apply false eyelashes for added depth.
Add a few generous coats of volumizing mascara and if you are a pro, apply false eyelashes for added depth. | Photo by Perchek Industrie on Unsplash
* Glossy lips--Glossy lips are big this season. Define your lips with a nude-pink lip liner and fill in the same lip liner all over your lips. Top it up with a clear crystal gloss that gives a glass-like shine and makes your lips look fuller and plumper.
Define your lips with a nude-pink lip liner and fill in the same lip liner all over your lips. | Photo by Nojan Namdar on Unsplash
* For the cheeks--A pop of colour that imparts a flushed, radiant glow will round out your look beautifully. This can be achieved with a cream blush, on the apples of your cheeks, and a layer of highlighter that melts into the skin on your cheekbone. Pinks, peaches and corals are the colours this season.
A pop of colour that imparts a flushed, radiant glow will round out your look beautifully. | Photo by Gursimrat Ganda on Unsplash
(Article originally published on IANS life) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: beauty, party, fashion, makeup, eyeliner, mascara, blush, season, tricks