“Life is like a video game, you gotta die sometime”

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Yesterday, 25 year old Kimveer Gill went on a shooting rampage at Montreal’s Dawson College.  After investigating his background, police found he had an extensive blog featuring hate talk and photos of himself with semiautomatic weapons and knives that he had updated just before the shooting spree.  Many are wondering how the violent media he… Read more »

Product Placement in Games, Music and Books

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Some people estimate that product placement started in the 1930s with movie directors filming in their favorite restaurants; others estimate it all really began with the promotion of Reese’s Pieces in the beloved film, ET.  In either case, we’ve seen it done in movies and television for years now and with more and more people… Read more »

Video Game Law in Louisiana

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Earlier this year, Louisiana officials signed into law a measure restricting the sales of violent video games to minors.  Those selling the games would have faced a $2,000 fine and/or up to one year in prison.  This week, a US District Judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, stating that depictions of violence are fully protected… Read more »

Using Video Games to Socialize

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Steinkuehler and Williams have been studying video games as "third places" — locations where people regularly socialize outside of the home and office.  They’ve found that massively multiplayer online video games (or MMO’s), where people create their own digital characters, have begun to function as "third places" for many youngsters.  While these social connections don’t… Read more »

Video Game Industry Will Be Paid Legal Fees

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In March of 2005, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, testified before the Illinois Senate and House Judicial Committee on what scientific research has shown about the effects of video games on youth.  Illinois proceeded to pass the Safe Games Act, prohibiting the sale or rental of excessively violent or sexually explicit games to minors… Read more »

Video Games for Health

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Last month, I posted about a NY Times article on a number of new video games aimed at world change.  Today, I found an article about another breed of positive video games – those being used in the health care field.  Two of the games mentioned in the article are: Brain Age – flex your… Read more »

Video Games and Desensitization

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This week, Nicholas Carnagey, Craig Anderson and Brad Bushman released a new study on video games and desensitization.  They had over 250 college students randomly play one of 8 video games.  Half of the games were violent and half were nonviolent.  After they played the game for 20 minutes, they watched a 10 minute video… Read more »

Can Video Games Lead to World Peace?

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On Sunday there was a NY Times article on a new breed of video games — those that immerse people into reality complete with politics and consequences, rather than the typical fantasy worlds of dragons, aliens, and car chases.  Game developers are viewing games as a chance to educate as well as to affect change,… Read more »

Video Cameras Provide A Glimpse at Health

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think MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation have announced an initiative to mark the 25th anniversary of the first AIDS case documented by the Centers for Disease Control.  They will provide video cameras to young people in order to create "a documentary in which young people themselves tell the story of how their generation has… Read more »