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The tables, balls and environments you play in all look great. One thing we'd say is that while you travel the world, you're always in a pool hall, so don't expect to see much of Japan or Hawaii. The halls themselves look really well designed, though, with people, posters and vibrant colours that really set the mood. The electronic music changes from location to location and gives the game the right atmosphere to help you settle into your ball potting duties.

And yet, the game that convinced me of the immersive qualities of the Vive's roomscale and touch technology dropped me into a pub, in front of a pool table. Pool Nation, in replicating an experience that I'm familiar with, came closest to fooling my senses completely.

The most important thing about Pool Nation is that it plays a good game of pool. And it does, despite a couple of problems that related to my own unfamiliarity with the controls as much as the game itself. It's possible, in this early build, to nudge the cue ball when lining up a shot and the game doesn't punish that flagrant breaking of the rules. Presumably that's because it'd be unfair to penalise people simply for struggling to calibrate their own bodies within virtual space and that's a wise decision. But it does speak to the loose nature of the cue control, which is inch-perfect once a shot is locked in place but slightly hindered by the weightlessness of the cue when initially leaning toward the table to find an angle.

Oh, and I was rubbish at it, just as I'm rubbish at real pool. In the end I resorted to placing beer bottles all over the table and driving the cue ball through them, then throwing the shards of glass at the people around the bar. Obviously, I'd never do that in the real world but I wondered, out loud, if the VR people would ever respond.

Parents need to know that Pool Nation FX is a downloadable pool simulation game. It doesn't have any language, sexuality, illicit substance use, or violence. It encourages players to get together for a friendly, competitive, social gaming experience in the same room. There are no characters beyond the still images and names meant to represent computer opponents. Online play against strangers is permitted but without support for voice or text communication. Online games allow players to gamble but only with virtual currency.

POOL NATION FX offers virtual versions of popular billiards games -- including eight-ball, nine-ball, and snooker (among many others) -- in a variety of settings, such as penthouses and tournament halls. Shots are controlled by adjusting power, spin, and a variety of other parameters when striking the cue ball. Two views -- one from behind the ball and an overhead perspective of the entire table -- provide multiple ways to work out angles and plan shots. A simple career mode places players in championship events with qualifying and elimination rounds, providing opportunities to earn virtual cash that can be spent to unlock new content, including interesting ball designs, fancier cues, and new locations. Players also can practice on their own or play against human opponents in local multiplayer. An online mode lets kids play one-off games against other people, wagering virtual cash on the outcome, or test their skills in ongoing leagues.

The good news is that Pool Nation FX gets the basics of billiards right. All the most popular pool games are represented, the ball physics are spot on, and players have plenty of control over their shots. With multiple skill levels and aiming assists, there are entry points for both rookies and pool veterans. Beginners can simply line up and whack away, hoping the cue ball ends up someplace useful, while more skilled players can carefully plan out ways to run the table after a break. It even looks pretty nice, thanks to detailed environments and imperfect polishing applied to balls to add realism.

That said, it's not very inspired. There's little here we haven't seen in previous pool games. Worse, the interface grows much more tricky should you decide you want to try shots that involve anything more complicated than adding a little spin. Add in overly long pre-game loading times and a confusing menu design bound to leave some players a bit baffled, and the result is something altogether lackluster. Hard-core pool enthusiasts may stick with it for the long haul, but for most others it will simply be a curiosity that fails to hold much interest after the first few games.

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We can attack this problem organically by continuing to attract a pool of diverse young people to Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and other mental health and addiction programs.

We must also address systemic problems that affect our ability to establish clear and easy-to-navigate pathways for young people of color to enter the profession. Without reliable pipelines of entry level workers, our labor pool will evaporate.

National Council member organizations already face pressure from staffing shortages and burnout among employees. The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) projects there will be a nationwide shortfall of over 12,500 adult psychiatrists and over 11,500 addiction counselors by the year 2030. Access to pediatric providers is particularly problematic, with 70% of counties in the U.S. having no practicing child psychiatrist.

EconPapers FAQ Archive maintainers FAQ Cookies at EconPapers Format for printing The RePEc blog The RePEc plagiarism page Management of common pool resources in a nation-wide experimentJean-Christian Tisserand, Astrid Hopfensitz, Serge Blondel, Youenn Loheac (Obfuscate( '', 'yloheac' )), César Mantilla (Obfuscate( '', 'cesar.mantilla' )), Guillermo Mateu, Julie Rosaz, Anne Rozan, Marc Willinger (Obfuscate( '', 'marc.willinger' )) and Angela SutanEcological Economics, 2022, vol. 201, issue CAbstract:Dilemmas related to the use of environmental resources concern diverse populations at local or global scales. Frequently, individuals are unable to visualize the consequences of their actions, where they belong in the decision-making line, and have no information about past choices or the time horizon. We design a new one-shot extraction game to capture these dynamic decisions. We present results from a nationwide common pool resource experiment, conducted simultaneously in eleven French cities, involving a total of 2813 participants. We examine, for the first time, the simultaneous impact of several variables on the amount of resource extracted: the local vs. the national scale of the resource, the size of the group (small vs. big), the low vs. high recovery rate of the resource, and the available information. We show that individuals significantly reduce extraction levels in local as compared to national level dilemmas and that providing recommendations on sustainable extraction amounts significantly improves the sustainability of the resource. Overall, women extract significantly less, but care more about preserving the local resource; older participants extract significantly more resources but extract less from the national resource. Our experiment also fulfills a science popularization pedagogical aim, which we discuss.Keywords: Common Pool Resource; Experiment; Large Sample; Science Popularization (search for similar items in EconPapers)JEL-codes: C93 Q22 Q23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)Date: 2022References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc Citations: Track citations by RSS feedDownloads: (external link) Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers onlyRelated works:Working Paper: Management of common pool resources in a nation-wide experiment (2022) This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/TextPersistent link: :eee:ecolec:v:201:y:2022:i:c:s0921800922002282DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107566Access Statistics for this articleEcological Economics is currently edited by C. J. ClevelandMore articles in Ecological Economics from ElsevierBibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu (Obfuscate( '', 'repec' )). var addthis_config = "data_track_clickback":true; var addthis_share = url:" :eee:ecolec:v:201:y:2022:i:c:s0921800922002282"Share This site is part of RePEc and all the data displayed here is part of the RePEc data set. Is your work missing from RePEc? Here is how to contribute. Questions or problems? Check the EconPapers FAQ or send mail to Obfuscate( '', 'econpapers' ). EconPapers is hosted by the Örebro University School of Business. 041b061a72


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