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violence in games

8 months ago

President Trump showed a weird frag montage in his video game violence meeting

US President Donald Trump yesterday held a private meeting to discuss the issue of violence in video games, having suggested after February's murders at a school in Parkland, Florida that it "is really shaping young people's thoughts." This would clearly amount to nothing productive, given mostly industry representatives and conservative pressure groups were attending, but it is a surprise that Trump showed attendees a short…

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Trump’s White House video games meeting has a very concerning list of invitees

The list of invitees to US president Donald Trump's White House video games meeting today has been released. And it's a sorry sight, including names from notorious right-wing censorship advocacy groups, and not a single qualified expert on the topic.

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3 years ago

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American Psychological Association Continues Bad Science Relating To Video Game Violence

Edit: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the open letter was in response to the APA's latest publication. It has been updated to be more accurate. Despite a coherent effort by academics to stand up to the bad science about video games being spread by the American Pyschological Association, they have released another study making all the same mistakes. Unfortunately, the APA…

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5 years ago

Feature: Can we be constructive?

Survey: Babies Most Likely To Be Eaten By GTA V

Tis the season for it. As people who do important things get distracted by baubles, the press starts to look for anything to fill their pages, and canny PR companies begin sending out headline-filling anythings to fill the void. So it is that today we've been contacted by babies.co.uk to let us know that mums (just mums, apparently) are most scared of their precious ones…

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6 years ago

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Study Finds Violent Games Reduce Violence – Hmmmm

Polygon reports news of a study mentioned in the New York Times that says it demonstrates the rise in sales of violent videogames does not cause a spike in the rates of violent youth crime. In fact, they say, it may even lower it. Hurrah! you might cry. But let's stop and do some science.

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Feature: The Man Behind The Neck Stab

Dishonored Dev Joe Houston On Violence In Games

Just before Christmas, Nathan wrote a piece asking for a conversation about the role gaming violence plays in our lives. And as so many have when discussing the topic, he featured an image from Dishonored at the top - a man getting stabbed through the neck. For Joe Houston, the former Arkane developer who created that stabbing scene, this was the prompt he needed to…

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The Very Best Of RPS 2012: Campaigns

At RPS our knickers are almost permanently in a twist. And that's because we operate in an industry that's worryingly busy with pantie-bunching nonsense. We're also not the sort of site that likes to stay quiet about such things, and whole-heartedly believes that by making a fuss you can make a difference. Sometimes we have, sometimes we haven't, but we've tended to have an opinion…

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7 years ago

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Teachers Blame Violent Games For, Um, Everything

Like the return of the tides, so it must be that every so often a body calls for better regulation, tighter legislation, or the outright banning of violent video games. While we absolutely agree that children should not be playing adult-rated games, there's no peer-reviewed evidence for a long-term, significant negative effect on young people from playing violent games (and that's despite so very many…

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Feature: Who's behind the science?

Gaming Brain Studies & Who’s Behind Them

A number of people have got in touch to let us know about a new study that has been published, identifying once again that violent videogames may have an effect on the brain of the player. It's a finding that, in general, is worth taking notice of - last week I wrote about a meta-analysis discussion conducted by Nature that showed a consensus amongst researchers…

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8 years ago

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The Fox News Debacle: TechSavvy Update

Here's an update to my investigating the story Fox News printed in which they astonishingly suggested that Bulletstorm would cause rape. Scott Steinberg, CEO of TechSavvy Global, and all-round industry guru, got in touch with me to show me the answers he submitted to Fox when they approached him for comment. The full answers are reproduced below, because what results is a fantastic interview on…

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Will Bulletstorm Murder Your Children? (No)

Yesterday Fox News asked the headline question, "Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?" Which is spectacular. It's a quite remarkable piece of writing, worthy of our own Daily Mail. And why is it the WORST GAME IN THE WORRRRLD? Because they've named some of the Skill Shots with sexual innuendos. Which, they absolutely astonishingly claim, causes rape.

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Academic Studies Of Violence Cause Violence

There's some wobbly reporting going on today, with yet another study claiming to demonstrate a link between a young person's viewing violence, and being more tolerant of violence. Which is discussed as being about videogames. Which is a peculiar way of viewing a study that shows images from films to 22 teenagers, and demonstrates that as the clips progress their brain reacts less intensely, and…

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Do Violent Games Create Violent Players?

When analysing the claims made by those from various fields with regards to the negative effects of gaming it's tempting to come to the same conclusion each time. These claims, inevitably presented without evidence (and unable to offer evidence when it is asked for), tend to rely on uncited anecdotal stories of individual cases. Whether it is suggestions that games cause addiction, violence, sexual crimes…

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11 years ago

“Because, uh, but, uh, I wrote a book.”

Baiting Jack Thompson is too easy. It's the games writing equivalent of following Britney Spears around with a camera 24/7. We generally avoid it on this site. Still, what the hell, eh? Like the aforementioned pop princess, his grip on reality could be perceived to be publically coming undone. It clearly isn't, because he's a lawyer, and he's obviously in full control of all his…

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