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TITANFALL: Expedition - War Games

War Games is a new map for Titanfall, based in a virtual world where Pilots compete in simulated environments of Angel City, Rise and Airbase Sierra.

When brainstorming ideas for the first Titanfall DLC map pack, the concept of a level in the training mission simulator got a lot of...Click Read More

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Gaming Linked With Brain Thickening

Playing video games has been linked with increases in the thickness of some parts of the brain.
A study published in PLOS Onereports that "a robust positive association" exists between the amounts of time teens reported spending on video games each week and the thickness of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and left frontal eye fields (FEF).

The DLPFC is associated with the management of processes like working memory and planning, while the FEF deal with visual attention and voluntary eye movement -- both extensively involved when playing games. Cortical thickness may be related to the numbers of complex connections in those regions of the brain.

The association between the amounts someone plays and the thickness of the DLPFC and the FEF does not establish cause and effect but the researchers add that behavioural evidence from other studies suggests video games might be the cause.

In one such study participants were shown to be more efficient at using sensory evidence if they played action games. Those who did not habitually play games achieved similar results after they were given 50 hours of action game training.

Suggestions for future research include examining whether particular genres of video game are associated with particular changes in the brain or perceptual decision-making success.


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Introducing Battlefield 4 Loadout Presets

Going into battle prepared is key to succeeding in Battlefield 4. With the new Loadout Presets, we’ve made it easier for you to quickly hit the Battlefield with the exact kit and vehicle Loadout of your choice.

Prepared 4 Battle – Every Time
Loadout Presets are a way to save kit or vehicle setups so that you can easily switch between them when going into a Battlefield 4 multiplayer match. With this time-saving feature, you no longer have to edit each slot individually in the Customize screen when you want to change your Loadout. Note that Loadout Presets will only be available on Battlelog in Battlefield 4, and not be reflected in-game. You apply Presets to your Loadout, which then follows you in-game when you save it.

For example, those who want quick access to a “field engineer” Preset can create one of these with the MX4, SRAW, Repair Tool, and Mechanic specialization – or any other combination of the player’s choice. If you are more of a combat engineer, you might want to create a Preset with the M1014 shotgun, RPG, M2 SLAM, and Offensive specialization – it’s all up to you.

This allows you to quickly switch between setups based off the map or game mode you’re loading into without wasting time going through the Customize screens in-game.

Creating and Managing Loadout Presets
Your Loadout Presets can be accessed through Battlelog as well as its mobile and tablet applications. Simply head to the Loadout section on Battlelog, and hit the Presets button that appears upon hovering over a kit or vehicle. Here you’ll be able to choose to save your existing kit/vehicle Loadout as a new Preset, or load an existing Preset. Additionally, Presets are accessible from a kit or vehicle page, next to the “Save” and “Reset” buttons

You can have 2 Presets per kit and vehicle (or 4 if you’re a Premium user). The Preset you last chose will stay until you apply a new Preset or change your Loadout from Battlelog or in-game and will display the Preset name in the place of the kit or vehicle name.

If you head to the Presets Management page, accessible by clicking “Manage” from the Presets dropdown, you’ll get an overview of all the Presets you have created. Here, you can browse through your Presets, delete them, or apply a bunch of them before you save your Loadout.

Rolling out on April 8
The Loadout Presets are rolling out with the Battlelog update on April 8. We will continue to tweak and add functions to the feature, based on your feedback and comments. Don’t hesitate to tell us what you think about the Loadout Presets, and we hope you will enjoy going into battle using the feature!


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