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How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be.

Much of the discussion – including the World Health Organization’s recent decision to declare “gaming disorder” an “addictive behavior disorder” –is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data.

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Over the past year, countless children and adults have tuned into the game Fortnite, a free-to-play battle royale game that allows players to compete with others around the world. The game is fun and features some cartoonish violence, which has led many to worry about whether such games are problematic.

Inevitable anecdotes have popped up of some children behaving badly in relation to the game such as the British girl who is said to have wet herself rather than stop playing. Do these anecdotes hint towards a coming epidemic of violent or addicted children? Simply put: no.

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The standard Xbox controller makes a lot of assumptions. It assumes you have two hands to hold it. It assumes you have two thumbs. It assumes you have a fluid range of motion to get to all of the buttons, that you have the reach to get to bumpers and triggers, and that you have the endurance to hold it.

And if you can't do any of that, there's a barrier that means you may not be able to play the games you'd love to play. That's why Xbox created the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

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One night at my church youth group, I thought I played the best game of Mario Kart in my life. Somehow the controller perfectly interpreted my moves better than it usually did - I wasn't crashing or going the wrong way at all! At the end, I realised I had actually been watching my opponent's screen, and I'd never caught on that I wasn't actually controlling it. Meanwhile my character had just been careening randomly into the side of the racetrack.

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E3 2018 is here, and companies have already announced more games than you can shake a Joy-Con at. But what about consoles? The last few years have seen E3 inundated with either rumours or news about new consoles from the big three. This year's gaming expo has been a touch on the lighter side when it comes to hardware announcements, but still had an interesting reveal or two from the show's biggest players. Depending on your console of choice, that might be a good thing.

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Over one hundred video game trailers have launched during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) - and the show hasn't even officially begun yet. If you don't have the time (or bandwidth) to sit through every single trailer, here are our ten personal favorites.

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Over the last few days, the biggest companies of the games industry have got together in LA to show what's ahead for the next few years. If you don't have a full day to catch up on all the conferences, here are the ten biggest announcements that came out of E3.

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The best part of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the action-packed trailers for upcoming games. Some show gameplay, some show ultra polished cinematics and some are nothing more than a five second tease. But they all get the blood racing if you're a die-hard gamer. Here are the best from this year (so far).

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Most of the time, saving money is more about knowing what not to buy then it is about squirrelling cash away. If you're an impulsive shopper like me, that can be a problem. That's why I recommend you shop at one particular store before all the others: Your own.

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Following a solid round of criticism over the last 24 hours over comments at a parliamentary hearing in Sydney, NBN Co has issued a statement: NBN chief executive, Bill Morrow, didn't blame gamers for congestion on the fixed wireless network at all.

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There's plenty of phones on the market, but not much in the way of specific gaming phones. Motorola has tried to target the gaming market with specific accessories, while Razer upped the ante with the release of the Razer Phone. Both of those now have a proper, beefier competitor: the ROG Phone, a phone so beefy that ASUS claims it's faster than a Samsung S9 or an iPhone X.

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Droid: It's not just a robot from a galaxy far, far away. It's also a good option for anyone who wants a mobile device unshackled by the closed operating systems used by certain other smartphone manufacturers.

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Kids and electronics usually don't mix. I have more than one broken headphone jack and a missing iPod thanks to my siblings. With my family visiting this week, my younger sister will be looking for something controller-shaped to play with and promptly demolish. So I'm prepping my living room's game controllers for the reckoning with some Sugru, the silicone and rubber adhesive putty that lets you customise basically everything you own.