New Mass Effect game could make or break franchise, researchers say

Screenshot taken from the official Mass Effect 3 website.

The fallout from the poorly received ending of the third video game in the popular series Mass Effect could doom the upcoming release of “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Arcade-style ‘snake invasion’ brings campus tradition online

A screenshot of the game St. Pat's Snake Invasion (click or tap image to play)

A screenshot of the game St. Pat’s Snake Invasion (click or tap image to play)

Every March, students at Missouri University of Science and Technology wield wooden walking sticks called shillelaghs to rid the campus of rubber snakes in honor of how, according to legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland centuries ago. This year students, alumni and other visitors to the university’s website will be able to join in on the fun. [Read more…]

College students’ heavy Internet use shares symptoms of addiction

Young adults who are heavy users of the Internet may also exhibit signs of addiction, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences in a new study that compares Internet usage with measures of addiction. [Read more…]

Ph.D. student’s virtual bookshelf helps organize personal libraries

Internet users wanting to keep track of their book and CD collections, create a wish list for next Christmas, or find the best deals for purchasing games, music and movies online may want to check out GuruLib.com, an online organizational tool developed by UMR Ph.D. student Rana Basheer.

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UMR offers new generation of students virtual recreation

In order to provide better customer service to students from the so-called Millennial Generation, the University of Missouri-Rolla is offering online virtual gaming as a recreational option.         

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