video games http://michiganradio.org en Blockbuster goes bust, stores closing in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/blockbuster-goes-bust-stores-closing-michigan <p>Michiganders who still like to browse video store shelves will soon lose one of the few outlets left.</p><p>The last <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_video">Blockbuster </a>video stores in Michigan<a href="http://dish.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=804970"> will soon close.</a></p><p>For many Michiganders, there was a time when a trip to their neighborhood Blockbuster was a big part of their weekend plans.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:36:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 15170 at http://michiganradio.org Blockbuster goes bust, stores closing in Michigan These aren't your normal video games http://michiganradio.org/post/these-arent-your-normal-video-games <p>Do your kids spend too much time with video games? Well, they might keep it up in college.</p><p>In Dr. David Chesney's engineering courses,&nbsp; students at the University of Michigan create video games and apps for the greater good.</p><p>Dr. Chesney is a professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering.</p><p>"We always try to build games for the social good, and recently we tried directing them to specific disabilities like cerebral palsy," Chesney said.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:55:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 12343 at http://michiganradio.org These aren't your normal video games At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish http://michiganradio.org/post/english-only-hearing-rep-conyers-delivers-his-statement-spanish <p>It was a controversial hearing to begin with. Yesterday, a House subcommittee was looking into <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h997/show">a bill that would make English the official language</a> of the United States and require that government functions like naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English.</p><p>Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan was not a fan, so he decided to deliver his opening statement in Spanish.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksEcOZTLvFw</p><p>First he thanked the chairman, then he proceeded to assail the measure.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:44:02 +0000 NPR.org 8535 at http://michiganradio.org At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish MSU study uses video game to help lung cancer patients recover from surgery http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-uses-video-game-help-lung-cancer-patients-recover-surgery <p><a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/researcher-uses-nintendo-wii-to-address-cancer-related-fatigue/">Michigan State University </a>researchers say a popular video game is helping patients recover from lung cancer surgery.</p><p></p><p>After surgery, it&rsquo;s important for lung cancer patients to aid their recovery with exercise. &nbsp;&nbsp;Exercise helps patients with fatigue and avoid common complications, like pneumonia. &nbsp;&nbsp;But the prospect of exercise can be daunting for many patients. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8383 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study uses video game to help lung cancer patients recover from surgery Lansing-based group seeks to overtake Grand Rapids’ lip-syncing world record http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-based-group-seeks-overtake-grand-rapids-lip-syncing-world-record <p>Last year, Rob Bliss and his social media marketing group <a href="http://www.statuscreative.com/home">Status Creative</a> organized a 5,000 participant video featuring residents of Grand Rapids <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lip-dub">&ldquo;lip-dubbing&rdquo;</a> to a live version of Don McLean&rsquo;s &ldquo;Bye Bye, Miss American Pie.&rdquo;</p><p>Not only did the YouTube video go viral with almost 5 million views, but the enormous ensemble also won the Guinness World Record for largest lip dub event.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:06:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7875 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing-based group seeks to overtake Grand Rapids’ lip-syncing world record MSU study claims video game play adds to children's creativity http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-claims-video-game-play-adds-childrens-creativity <p><a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/9971/">A new Michigan State University study</a> finds that children who play video games are more creative. MSU researchers studied nearly 500 12-year-olds and found the more video games the children played the more creative they were in tasks such as drawing pictures and writing stories.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The use of cell phones and the Internet appeared unrelated to creativity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 20:01:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 4837 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study claims video game play adds to children's creativity Study looks at Michigan film incentives http://michiganradio.org/post/study-looks-michigan-film-incentives <p><a href="http://visitdetroit.com/images/stories/_blog/michigan_film_incentive_study.pdf">A new study</a> shows Michigan&rsquo;s tax incentives for the TV and film industry generated close to 4,000 fulltime jobs last year with an average salary of $53,700. &nbsp;</p><p>Larry Alexander is President &amp; CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau, one of several bureaus across the state that helped commission the study.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Diversifying Michigan&rsquo;s economy by investing $84.7 million- and generating over a half a billion dollars of economic activity and nearly 4,000 high paying jobs- sounds like a pretty good deal to us.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Rick Hert heads the West Michigan Film Office. He says talk about limiting the film incentives in the past reached Hollywood and caused some producers decide not to come to Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;This is much bigger. This is a new governor of the state of Michigan and his comments are doing more than reverberating, they&rsquo;re putting a clamp on the future of this industry.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Hert is thankful the governor didn&rsquo;t totally remove the incentives, but worries they&rsquo;ll be too limited to keep attracting producers.</p><p>Hert says he understands the state is broke and that legislators have some tough calls to make. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:49:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1372 at http://michiganradio.org Study looks at Michigan film incentives