Science! Video Game Violence Makes You More Sensitive

After this thing the other week here's some actual science proving actual things. Specifically: "'immoral' virtual behaviors in a video game can lead to increased moral sensitivity". » 7/01/14 5:00am 7/01/14 5:00am

11,000-Kid Study Finds That Video Games Aren't That Bad After All

Any time a high-profile act of violence happens, some media pundits are quick to blame video games for influencing the perpetrators' actions. But results of a UK study says that such a link may not exist. » 11/18/13 4:00pm 11/18/13 4:00pm

Maybe The People Who Criticize Violent Games Should Play Them. Maybe…

IGN editor-in-chief Casey Lynch works on weekends and asked me last Saturday to chime in on the topic of violent video games. » 1/18/13 12:30pm 1/18/13 12:30pm

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…

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

Two Concerned Friends Lead The Worst Video Game Intervention Ever

It started out innocently enough, but these two "concerned" friends worrying about their video gamer buddy's tendency towards violence takes a turn for the worst. » 11/19/12 12:30pm 11/19/12 12:30pm

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… » 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

Canadian Man Terrorizes Bus With Video Game Controller

A 50-year-old man surrendered to police in Maine this morning, following a nine-hour standoff during which he threatened to blow up a bus using a fake detonator crafted out of a spiral notebook, a video game controller, and duct tape. » 3/31/11 11:40am 3/31/11 11:40am

Taking Turns With The PSP Beats Attacking Your Twin Brother With A…

A 13-year-old boy in Solon, Ohio, took a trip to juvie hall earlier this month after reportedly assaulting his twin brother with a broken chair leg because he wouldn't give him a turn at the PSP. Where's the brotherly love? » 3/28/11 1:00pm 3/28/11 1:00pm

The Fatalities That Got Mortal Kombat 'Banned' In Australia

The new Mortal Kombat won't be making the trip down under, now that Australia's governing body has effectively banned the gory fighter. Why does Australia object? And what new details on the game did it just reveal? » 2/25/11 4:30pm 2/25/11 4:30pm

Games Might Not Desensitize Us To Violence After All

The "video games desensitize children to violence" argument is a popular weapon in the arsenal of the anti-violent video game crowd. A new study finds violent games to have no effect on long-term emotional memory at all. » 2/15/11 5:20pm 2/15/11 5:20pm

Detectives Explore Video Game Fantasy As Motive For Brutal Teen Murder

Detectives in Seattle look to Dungeons and Dragons Online for answers to why, according to police, an 18-year-old high school student choked a 16-year-old developmentally disabled teen girl to death last Tuesday. Warning, the details of the crime are disturbing. » 8/26/10 11:40am 8/26/10 11:40am

Man Punches Punching Arcade Game To Death

A Meridian, Idaho man has been charged with malicious injury to property after allegedly causing $3,000 to an arcade machine at a local bar by punching it. The goal of the game? To punch it as hard as you can. » 7/02/10 12:20pm 7/02/10 12:20pm

Finally, M.I.A. Offers Her Thoughts On Video Game Violence

Musical artist, apparent Sonic the Hedgehog aficionado and one of Time magazine's "World's Most Influential People" M.I.A. answers a long burning question—what does the woman known as M.I.A. think of video game violence? » 6/24/10 8:00pm 6/24/10 8:00pm