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7 years ago

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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Feature: Ships In The Harbour

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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8 years ago

Feature: The Blame Game, Rated 18

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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9 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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12 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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