Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 11:29am 3/25/15 11:29am

​The Positive Impact of Video Games

Chances are, if you're reading this you like video games. Video games are awesome right? They can have a positive impact on our lives. They can help us make friends, overcome our problems and help us grow as people. Give me a personal story about the impact of video games over a story about frame rates any day. » 3/03/15 4:45am 3/03/15 4:45am

Artists, Even Game Developers, Are Weird. That's A Good Thing.

Video games have their rockstars. But they're not the same kind of rockstars as the ones who strut around in dresses made of meat or go on talk shows to argue about their Twitter feuds. Compared to pop music or Hollywood, games often seem like they have a culture of celebrity that's far more subtle. Nonexistent, even.… » 4/16/14 3:30pm 4/16/14 3:30pm

25 Video Game Violence Studies, Summarized

With video games so consistently a topic in the mass media's examinations of the recent Sandy Hook shooting, we decided to take a look at the studies that try to determine what effect—if any—video games have on violent or aggressive behavior. President Obama made a call for more studies, providing the CDC with $10… » 1/17/13 12:29pm 1/17/13 12:29pm

In A World Full of Fantastic Fictions to Try, Guild Wars 2 Players…

Guild Wars, the first game, didn't offer a whole array of character races for players to choose from. Players were always human, even while free to play with variations on appearance. And it seems that Guild Wars players who got used to their looks have brought that bias with them into Guild Wars 2. » 10/15/12 8:30pm 10/15/12 8:30pm

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Players New to Violent Games Feel The Need to Go Wash Away the Moral…

Many years ago, researchers confirmed the existence of the "Lady Macbeth Effect." The gist of it is that we humans really do associate metaphorical uncleanliness with the more literal sort: if we've done or witnessed something immoral or unethical, we are often likely literally to want to go wash or bathe in… » 7/12/12 7:00pm 7/12/12 7:00pm

Studies Linking Game Violence with Real-World Aggression May All Be…

Studies in the past have found that winning competitions can make you mean, and we've all seen the stereotype of the angry gamer yelling at his console. But the latest research on the psychological effects of video games finds that, contrary to popular opinion, what really makes gamers tick is their ability to… » 4/09/12 11:30am 4/09/12 11:30am

Nearly 6 Million Years of World of Warcraft Healthy for Players' Brains

A number of recent research studies conducted on games and gamers have found a generally positive trend in the effect that gaming has on players' brains, the Wall Street Journal reports. Not only is World of Warcraft good for senior citizens brain function, it's good for a lot of other groups as well. » 3/07/12 9:30pm 3/07/12 9:30pm