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 3:30pm4/16/14 3:30pm

In A World Full of Fantastic Fictions to Try, Guild Wars 2 Players Remain Fixated On Humans

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 8:30pm10/15/12 8:30pm

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

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 7:00pm7/12/12 7:00pm

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

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 11:30am4/09/12 11:30am