Dishonored Dev Says That Games Don't Create Violence, But They Don't Prevent It Either

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 4:00pm1/14/13 4:00pm

Somebody Who Actually Researches Video Games Says Proof that Media Influences Violence Just Isn’t There

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 10:00am12/21/12 10:00am

Obama Pal Slams Video Game Commercial: 'Shouldn't We Also Quit Marketing Murder As A Game?'

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 5:45pm12/17/12 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… »9/12/12 2:00pm9/12/12 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 1:20pm8/30/11 1:20pm