From Halo To Hot Sauce: What 25 Years Of Violent Video Game Research…

Early last year, seventy French university students sat down in a room. A group of scientists told the students they would be participating in a study to measure the effects of video game brightness on visual perception, and that they would each be paid 10 euros a day for their efforts. » 1/17/13 12:30pm 1/17/13 12:30pm

The NRA's New Shooting Game Is For Ages Four And Up

This is NRA: Practice Range. It's a new iOS game released apparently by the fine folks at the National Rifle Association, who have graciously decided to make it both free and available to kids aged 4+ so that anyone, no matter how old they are, can practice using guns to shoot things. » 1/14/13 4:28pm 1/14/13 4:28pm

Dishonored Dev Says That Games Don't Create Violence, But They Don't…

If you read a recent piece on video game violence, there's a good chance that somewhere in that article, included is a screenshot of a Dishonored neck stab. Last year was the year of the neck stab, after all. Rock, Paper, Shotgun spoke with the developer that coded that move in-game—Joe Houston—and he had Opinions On… » 1/14/13 4:00pm 1/14/13 4:00pm

Somebody Who Actually Researches Video Games Says Proof that Media…

The flurry of private citizens and professional pundits opining about what role video games might have played in the awful Sandy Hook shootings probably isn't going to stop soon. And while commentary has been ranged from inflammatory to poignant, the central issue of whether games influence behavior is far from being… » 12/21/12 10:00am 12/21/12 10:00am

Obama Pal Slams Video Game Commercial: 'Shouldn't We Also Quit Marketing …

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, the advertising freight train chugs along mostly unaffected. Video game and movie studios continue to hype violent entertainment, filling coveted advertising slots with gunfire and explosions. It creates a juxtaposition with grim reality and an… » 12/17/12 5:45pm 12/17/12 5:45pm

Hey, Mom, Your Seven-Year-Old Knows Uncharted 2 Isn’t Real

I can't say I was happy when my wife's friend brought over her seven-year-old terrorist of a child, Charlie, one summer afternoon in 2010, the same day I brought home a freshly cellophaned copy of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. All I'd wanted to do was pop it into my first edition PlayStation 3 (the one that looks like a … » 9/12/12 2:00pm 9/12/12 2:00pm

It's Video Game Competition, Not Violence, That Sparks Aggression

Do violent video games cause aggressive behavior? According to a recent report published in the journal Psychology of Violence, the competitive aspect of gaming is more likely to generate aggro than mere violence. All this from a bunch of university students, some video games, and some hot sauce. Science is an amazing… » 8/30/11 1:20pm 8/30/11 1:20pm

Expert Says Blaming Massacres on Video Games Smacks of Racism

When tragedies such as the recent massacre in Oslo, Norway occur, the first place many look to lay blame is in the video games the perpetrators played. According to clinical psychologist Christopher Ferguson, when white males kill and games are blamed, there may be racism at play. » 7/28/11 11:00pm 7/28/11 11:00pm