UPDATED: New Study Claims Video Games Depict Religion in Problematic Light

February 27, 2012 -

Update: The study’s author Greg Perreault responded to a number of questions we had about the methodology he used to come to his conclusions. When asked how much time he put into each game chosen for the study, he said:

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Microsoft and 'Words With Friends' are official sponsors of the '2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee'

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft and Zynga's mobile multiplayer word game Words With Friends are the official broadcast sponsors of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals live on ESPN.

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New book claims video games and porn are causing a 'crisis of masculinity' among young men

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of BBC Weekend, psychologist and Stanford University professor Phillip Zimbardo, discusses his new book, Man (Dis)connected. In his book (co-authored with Nikita D. Coulombe), Zimbardo posits that the excessive use of videogames, online porn, and a lifestyle of isolation are contributing to a "crisis of masculinity."  This in turn contributes to erectile dysfunction, boredom at school, little or no interest in human contact, or in participating in society, he claims.

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Research: cooperative play leads to pro-social behavior

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

New research from Texas Tech University published this month in the journal Communication Research suggests that cooperative gaming can lead to pro-social behavior after the game is over.  

The research comes from two studies spearheaded by John Velez, an assistant professor of journalism and electronic media in the College of Media & Communication (with contributions from Tobias Greitemeyer of University of Innsbruck, Jodi Whitaker of University of Arizona, and David Ewoldsen and Brad Bushman from Ohio State University). 

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Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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GameStop announces employee scholarship program

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video games retailer GameStop has announced an employee scholarship program that aims to give back a little for those improving their lives through higher education. The scholarship program is in partnership with Scholarship America and is an expansion of the Gamer Fund employee relief program. The program, officially called "Power to the Scholars," will award 40 scholarships of $2,500 to employees during the 2015/2016 school year.

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South Australian government competition lets students design national park upgrades in 'Minecraft'

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The South Australian State Government has launched a special program that lets students help create national park upgrades by designing and creating elements in Minecraft, according to The Lead - South Australia.

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Former White House advisor: government sees games in a positive light

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An excellent and exclusive interview with Mark DeLoura, former Senior Advisor for Digital Media at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, reveals that the Obama Administration has turned the corner on the debate about the negative effects of video games.

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University of Missouri researchers find that violent video games do not cause aggression in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new University of Missouri study may be the beginning of disproving the idea that people with autism spectrum disorders who play violent video games are more likely to commit acts of real-world violence. This assertion gained some traction in the media after the December 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In the aftermath of the December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the national media focused on shooter Adam Lanza's emotional issues related to suffering from Autism and his exposure to violent video games.

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New research using video games explores how people justify violent acts

April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) using brain mapping and first-person shooter games may have some answers on how people find moral justification for extremely violent acts.

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'In Tune' explores the thorny topic of consensual physical contact

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

Tweed Couch Games (an indie studio made up of three student developers - Jessica Rose Marcotte, Allison Cole, and Zach Miller) has developed a game called In Tune that teaches men and women about the importance of gaining consent when it comes to intimate physical contact.

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Yale play2PREVENT partners with Yogome for educational games

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Video game research initiative Yale play2PREVENT (p2P) Lab has signed a two-year partnership with Yogome to develop educational mobile games for elementary school children. Researchers in the p2P Lab will work with Yogome to develop math, science, computer programming, and sustainability games. Games developed through the collaboration will be based on the Common Core framework and adhere strictly to child privacy standards.

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BBC To Hand Out One Million 'Micro Bit' Coding Devices to UK Students

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC will give away one million micro computing devices to children in the UK as part of its "Make It Digital" initiative. Through this initiative, the BBC will distribute a wearable coding device called a "Micro Bit" to every year 7 student (ages 11 to 13) in the country, totalling one million devices.

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Leigh Alexander and Brenda Romero To Host GDC #1ReasonToBe Session

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Legendary game developer Brenda Romero and outspoken writer Leigh Alexander will host this year's #1ReasonToBe session at the Game Developers Conference next month in San Francisco. Alexander is the Editor at Large at Gamasutra, while Romero is Program Director/Game Developer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of Romero Games.

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GDC Panel Discussion Explores Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in Games About War

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting Game Developers Conference panel discussion will explore the moral and ethical dilemmas real soldiers face during combat and if these elements can (or should be) properly simulated in video games. The discussion is titled, "Gaming the Laws of War: Can Real Consequences Mean Real Fun?"

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Brenda Romero and Tracy Fullerton Headline GDC Education Summit

February 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference announced three important events (just a sampling) that will take place during the GDC Education Summit March 2nd and 3rd.

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GDC 'Game Career Seminar' Takes Place March 6

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference today revealed details on this year's Game Career Seminar, a one-day GDC-related event that helps those new to the industry get some solid advice and best practices from industry leaders.

The one-day program takes place Friday, March 6th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, promises to give attendees the chance to learn about the industry, network with leading video game industry professionals and HR representatives from leading companies.

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Anita Sarkeesian Named 'Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014'

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian will receive the Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 Award on Sunday, February 8 at the Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The annual award is handed out by the Humanist Community at Harvard University. The Humanist Community at Harvard (or HCH as it likes to be called) is "dedicated to building, educating, and nurturing a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Harvard and beyond."

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ESA's E3 College Game Competition Launches In March

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced the continuation of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition, which provides colleges and universities with video game development programs an opportunity to showcase their game at E3 on an annual basis. Each institution can submit one game, with selected finalists receiving a display space at this year's E3 event in Los Angeles this summer.

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Wargaming.net and Full Sail University Partner for 'Full Sail User Experience Lab'

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net has partnered with Full Sail University to launch the new on-campus Full Sail User Experience Lab. The collaborative effort promises to bring "state-of-the-art UX testing to over 5,000 play testers annually, and will include Full Sail students and graduates, as well as external members of the community." The Full Sail User Experience Lab plans to accomplish 100+ research projects per year for companies from multiple industries, as well as provide a project-based teaching environment.

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Entertainment Media Council Partners With Defy Media

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment Media Council (EMC) has announced a partnership with The Escapist owner Defy Media to add content to what it calls the "the world's first nonprofit media library that will preserve the rich history of video games." Defy Media will provide EMC full-text content from The Escapist under this new partnership. Access to this database will be by subscription only for corporate and academic researchers, the group says. EMC plans to work with other media companies in the future.

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Researcher Uses Data from Airport X-Ray Simulation To Improve Security and Cancer Screening

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Stephen Mitroff, an associate professor and researcher at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, has teamed up with Washington-based game developer Kedlin to improve baggage screeners' ability to spot suspicious and potentially deadly items. This is being done with data collected from play sessions of "Airport Scanner," which uses vision and attention to improve skills on spotting things that are out of place in luggage.

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Registration Opens for Ubisoft Graduate Program

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher Ubisoft announced today that applications are now being accepted for the Ubisoft Graduate Program. Those interested in applying have from now until January 31, 2015. The Ubisoft Graduate Program lets applicants intern at a Ubisoft studio for two years to learn about three areas of game development: Project Management (producer), Online Programming, and Gameplay Programming.

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NYU Game Center Makes All Lectures Freely Available Online

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the NYU Game Center has launched its free online archive of Game Center Lectures with recordings of all talks to date. The NYU Game Center has been hosting lectures from video game industry professionals since 2009. The archives offer past lectures from such notable developers as Tim Schafer, Heather Kelley and Jonathan Blow - just to name a few.

The NYU Game Center announced the launch of the archives today on Twitter:

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Professor Creates Supercomputer Using 200 PS3 Systems

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dr. Gaurav Khanna, a black hole physicist at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has built a supercomputer using 200 connected PlayStation 3 systems to study vibrations in space-time called gravitational waves. His latest bit of research builds on previous research in 2007 when he linked 16 PS3s together to model black hole collisions. No doubt these are older PS3s because they are running Linux through the "Other OS" feature that Sony killed off with an update.

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Researchers Use Custom Games to Treat 'Psychopaths'

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut are using custom made video games to treat criminals that have been identified as "psychopaths," according to this GII report.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Gives Nearly $100K Grant for Small Pox History Game

December 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lisa Rosner, a distinguished professor of history at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, NJ, has been awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a game about the early history of smallpox vaccination. The NEH has given professor Rosner $99,837 to create a game called "Pox Hunter," as part of a project called "A 3D Strategy Game for the History of Medicine." She is building the game with the help of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and digital learning game developer Eduweb.

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Adventure Book 'Ruby Wizardry' Teaches Children How To Code

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new adventure book for children promises to teach them how to code using the Ruby programming language.

Published by No Starch Press, Ruby Wizardry is the creation of New Yorker-published poet, professional programmer, and former Codecademy content architect Eric Weinstein. The book (which retails for $29.99) follows the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet, as they learn programming skills.

The book promises to teach the following (according to No Starch Press):

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Public Funding Launches for Video Game to Aid Veterans with Hearing Impairments

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Researchers at the University of California Riverside and the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research are developing a video game that will aid in treating auditory dysfunction by training the auditory cortex to better process complex sounds. The development team is seeking public support to raise $100,000 needed to fund research and develop a computer game they claim will improve the brain’s ability to process and distinguish sounds.

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Research: Girls Better at Designing Story-Driven Games Than Boys

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of the University of Sussex in England suggests that girls may be better than boys in designing more complex story-driven games. The study conducted by Dr. Kate Howland and Dr. Judith Good - and recently published in Computers and Education journal - came to the conclusion that girls in the classroom wrote more complex programs in their games and learned more about coding than boys did.

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MattsworknameYeah, i got started and then made it through t the first few misions anthen blood borne05/23/2015 - 10:13pm
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