For Teens, Media Trumps Health

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In a new study in the Journal of School Nursing, researchers developed a questionnaire for middle school students to learn more about what measures they are willing to take to prevent obesity.  They found that teens are willing to exercise more and change their eating habits, but they are unwilling to give up video games… Read more »

Might As Well Face It, I’m Addicted to…Video Games?

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With the seemingly constant release of new video games and systems, video game sales are projected to top music sales next year.  According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 60% of kids between 8 and 18 play interactive games every day, 30% of whom play for more than an hour a day.  But there are… Read more »

From Blog to Reality: Manhunt2 on Wii

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Just last week I blogged about an article which pondered what will happen when violent video games are brought to the Wii platform and players must physically replicate violent actions.  Today, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) put out a press release about Manhunt2 coming out as a Wii game next month.  CMCH… Read more »

What Happens When Your Body and Mind Control the Game?

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A gaming magazine called The Escapist poses the question about how people’s behavior and reactions will differ if they’re using a Wii controller instead of a regular video game controller.  The Wii, a Nintendo game system which made its debut in time for the 2006 holiday season, features a handheld remote pointing device which allows… Read more »

The School Dance

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Today a number of readers pointed me to an article in the New York Times about Physical Education classes across the US that are using Dance Dance Revolution to get kids to exercise.  According to the article, "at least several hundred schools in at least 10 states are now using Dance Dance Revolution, or D.D.R.,… Read more »

The Buzz on Video Game Research

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In the past two weeks, there has been a considerable amount of popular press attention to some new studies on video games: Three studies about video games were just released in a book by Anderson, Gentile and Buckley.  The first study found that cartoonish violence had the same size effect on children as graphic violence… Read more »

Ratings of Top Ten Video Game Rentals

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This week I came across a list of Blockbuster’s ten most rented video games.  The number one game is God of War II, rated M for mature and having content including "blood, gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes and strong language." I find it interesting that the list seems to be pretty evenly split between… Read more »

Dance Dance Revolution: Weight Loss Aid?

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Should the video game Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) be part of your strategy for this year’s weight-loss resolutions? Two recent studies have looked to DDR as a means of weight loss and found that theoretically, playing the game could work to decrease obesity: Lanningham-Foster et al found that children expended twice as much energy using… Read more »

Subway Removes Violent Game Ads

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Last month we posted about a letter CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich signed, asking authorities at the Massachusetts subway system to remove ads for the violent video game Grand Theft Auto.  The ads were removed last month, and today the MBTA responded (pdf) by stating that they will no longer accept advertising for games rated… Read more »

Survey: Parents Familiar with ESRB Ratings

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"A recent survey of over 1,000 video-gamers and their parents found that 80% of these parents report being familiar with, and paying close attention to, the ESRB ratings.  Over half of the parents surveyed report that the ESRB ratings are a major influence on whether or not they purchase a game for their children, and… Read more »