Researchers Express Concerns With APA Task Force on Violent Media

September 30, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

In January 2013, the American Psychological Association created a Task Force to review its 2005 Resolution on Violence in Video Games and Interactive Media which found an increase in aggressive behavior, aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, and a decrease in helpful behavior as a result of playing violent video games.

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Research: Playing Shooters Improves Motion Perception - While Walking Backwards

September 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study by the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester comes to the conclusion that first-person shooters can help players better perceive motion... while walking backwards. The research was recently published in a paper called "Selectively enhanced motion perception in core video gamers" in the journal Perception.

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Research: Online Game Elements Can Fuel Problematic Gaming

September 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

New research from the University of Missouri suggests that massively multiplayer online games can serve as a source for what is commonly referred to as "problematic video gaming." While gaming addiction is not a recognized addiction by the global mental health professional community, that hasn't stopped researchers and some mental health professionals from trying to identify and treat it.

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Age Drives Opinion on Violent Video Games and Real World Violence in UK

September 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A study from UK-based research firm YouGov (as unearthed by Gamasutra) finds that people who think that playing violent video games can lead to real-world violence like mass shootings tend to be older and have no familiarity with playing games.

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Dueling Editorials: Researchers Christopher J. Ferguson and Dr. Brad Bushman go Head-to-Head on CNN

September 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Christopher J. Ferguson, chair of the psychology department at Stetson University goes head-to-head with Dr. Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University in two different editorials on CNN.com.

NYU-Poly Roundtable Discusses Supporting the Video Games Industry in New York City

September 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-five executives and experts in the interactive entertainment industry are taking part in an event to discuss how New York City lawmakers can attract and support an industry that generates nearly $5 billion a year today. The event is being hosted and sponsored by Polytechnic Institute of New York University (in Brooklyn, NY).

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John and Brenda Romero Join University of California at Santa Cruz

September 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The University of California at Santa Cruz has hired Brenda and John Romero to lead a new program that inevitably earns students a master's degree in games and playable media at the school's Silicon Valley Center. Brenda Romero was appointed as the school's first game designer in residence at the Center for Games and Playable Media in January 2013.

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Becker College Gets $1.4 Million EDA Grant for MassDiGI New Ventures Center

September 13, 2013 - James Fudge

Worcester, Massachusetts-based Becker College and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) have been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help build the MassDiGI New Ventures Center (NVC). Becker College also announced that it will match the EDA grant, making a total of $2.8 million available to build the state-of-the-art facility.

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Racing Game Improves Multitasking Skills in Older Participants

September 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study led by neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco found that the video game "NeuroRacer" helped older participants improve their ability to multitask, which also carried over into their everyday lives. The study also showed how patterns of brain activity change as those cognitive skills improve.

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ESA Launches Fellowship for 'Young Developers of Color'

August 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced a partnership with the Black Association for Science and Engineering, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), HHF's Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) and other groups to create the ESA Loft Video Game Innovation Fellowship.

Researchers: Game Developers Need to Put Limits on MMORPG Players to Avoid 'Pathological Addiction'

August 6, 2013 -

Researchers in the United Kingdom are warning MMO developers that they need to consider limiting the amount of time the average player spends per session to combat "pathological addiction," and avoid inevitable government intervention. Researchers at Cardiff, Derby and Nottingham Trent universities said some gamers play up to "90 hours a session,"  and that if game companies did not create in-game limits for players, governments might have no choice but to follow Asia's model for limiting play time.

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Research: Boys with Autism Susceptible to 'Problem Gaming'

July 29, 2013 -

A new research paper published in the Pediatrics 2013 medical journal concludes that young boys with autism spectrum disorder spend much more time playing video games than boys with average development. Researchers also conclude that boys with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are at greater risk for "problematic video game use."

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Norwegian Professor Nominates NSA Leaker Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

July 19, 2013 -

Stefan Svallfors, a professor of sociology at Umea University has submitted former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as his pick for the Nobel Peace Prize. Recently he sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating Snowden because of his leaks on several secret NSA surveillance programs being run in the U.S. and in Europe.

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Research: New Gaming Technology Lessens Aggression

July 15, 2013 -

New research from Penn State Altoona suggests that new technology such as the motion sensing technology used in the Wii does not increase aggressive behavior in players. The research, which was recently published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, was conducted by Eric Charles and a team of researchers at Penn State Altoona (thanks to PHX Corp. for the tip).

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Report: CDC Closer to Beginning Research on Gun Violence and Video Games

July 12, 2013 -

An extensive and exclusive report over on Polygon reveals that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are getting closer to pursuing the Obama Administration edict to study the correlation between violent media (music, movies, television and video games) and gun violence. The President called for more research in January of this year in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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PS4 Dev Kits Applications Open Tomorrow for Educators, Academics

July 10, 2013 -

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced today that educators and academics can apply for PlayStation 4 development kits beginning tomorrow as part of the PlayStationFirst Academic Programme. The PS4 joins other kits made available to educators and academics including those for PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PlayStation Portable - as well as kits for PlayStation Home and PlayStation Mobile. These Academic development kits include access to PlayStation software and hardware, lessons in programming, computer engineering, and developing software.

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UC Davis Gives Grant for Gamification Research

July 3, 2013 -

The University of California, Davis announced grants for vocational education, child poverty, international migration and the cultural impact of video games. All of these topics are part of the Interdisciplinary Frontiers in Humanities and Arts program, which will receive combined funding of $3.6 million over three years. The goal is to kick start new research that can go on to compete for funding from "external sources." The funding comes from indirect costs of grants awarded to UC Davis under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or stimulus funds.

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Researchers Use Kinect to Control a Cockroach

June 26, 2013 -

Researchers from North Carolina State University are using cockroaches and Microsoft's Kinect sensor for an experiment that allows them to drive the little insects around. Using Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect technology and some electronics, they've figured out how to control a cockroach in real life.

The team of scientists working on this bizarre project hope that a remote-controlled cockroach could one day be used in disaster search-and-rescue scenarios, such as mapping out a collapsed building or finding survivors.

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Nolan Bushnell Explains Why Kids Who Video Game Are Smarter Than Those Who Don't

June 17, 2013 -

ReasonTV has an interesting interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who continues to evangelize the use of video game-like components as a means to enhance the public educational system through his new company Brain Rush. Bushnell is also known as the founder of the Chuck E Cheese chain of restraints, the author of the new book "Finding the Next Steve Jobs," and is often referred to as the "Father of Video Games."

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Research: Action Games Can Help Develop Increased Visual Sensitivity

June 12, 2013 -

New research from Duke University published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics finds that first-person shooters (or action games) help gamers to develop increased visual sensitivity that can be used to react quickly to stimuli in their field of vision. Games mentioned include Call of Duty and BioShock. The more immersed they are in the self-contained world of a video game, the better gamers become at quickly making "probabilistic inferences" about what certain visual indicators might lead to, even with limited information.

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Australian Video Game Researchers Seek Common Ground to Improve Future Research

June 7, 2013 -

Monash University researcher Dr. Andy Ruddock from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies and Brendan Keogh from the School of Media and Communication at RMIT (both in Australia, in case you didn't know) will host a seminar to discuss how better collaboration between media effects researchers and games studies researchers can find common ground and work together to improve understanding on the effects of violent video games on real world behavior.

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Research: Video Games Make Teens Better Citizens

June 5, 2013 -

Video games can make teens better citizens, according to Kathy Sanford, an education professor at the University of Victoria, (British Columbia, Canada) She comes to this conclusion after a five year research project that followed a group of teens between the ages of 13-17 years old. Sanford sat down with The Globe and Mail earlier this week to talk about her findings before presenting them at a UVic conference of humanities and social sciences.

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EMA Scholarship Foundation Announces This Year's Recipients

June 5, 2013 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association Scholarship Foundation has announced the two individuals that will receive academic scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to four years. This year’s recipients are Haadjer Benmerzouga and Emily Sargent. Haadjer Benmerzouga is a pharmacy technician for Giant Eagle graduating from Cleveland State this year with a 3.8 GPA. Benmerzouga has been accepted into Northeast Ohio Medical University to study pharmacy science.

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Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka Heads to the White House

May 31, 2013 -

Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka is headed to the White House for a year. Pahlka founded Code for America in 2009 as a way of pairing technology and software companies with cities that are struggling to bring services into the information age. Pahlka will serve as the White House’s latest deputy chief technology officer for government innovation, according to a post on the organization’s blog.

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E3 College Game Competition Finalists Announced

May 31, 2013 -

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today revealed the five finalists from its inaugural E3 College Game Competition. The five finalists are Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista College; Brigham Young University; Savannah College of Art and Design; University of Chicago; University of Wisconsin-Stout. Finalists were chosen by a panel of industry experts, who selected the best and brightest from 400 US colleges and universities with computer and video game development programs.

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London's V&A Museum Names First Game Designer in Residence

May 30, 2013 -

London's Victoria & Albert Museum has hit a milestone of sorts this week. It has appointed it's very first Game Designer in Residence - Sophia George of Swallowtail Games. The BAFTA Award-winning game designer will work closely with the V&A museum and the University of Abertay Dundee to emphasize the history of British game design. She will release a game related to the residency by the summer of 2014. Game Designer in Residence is also supported by The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE).

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Warren Spector to Keynote Captivate Conference

May 29, 2013 -

Former Junction Point founder Warren Spector will deliver a keynote address at the Captivate Conference and Expo in October. Spector's keynote will be "Leadership in the Arts," and focuses on leadership in a creative medium. Spector has been developing games for over 30 years. His list of credits include the Epic Mickey series (Junction Point), Deus Ex series (Ion Storm Austin, Eidos), several Ultima games (Origin) and System Shock (Looking Glass).

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Video: 'Play Nice: The Science of Player Behavior' Talk

May 24, 2013 -

Justin Reich from the EdTech Blog has posted a video of the "Play Nice: The Science of Player Behavior" talk given last month by Riots Games' Jeffrey Lin (lead designer of social systems) and Carl "Status" Kwoh (the producer for the player behavior team) at Berkman Center for Internet & Society (at Harvard).

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Researchers: Games With Human Opponents Make Players More Aggressive

May 20, 2013 -

Researchers at the University of Connecticut and Wake Forest University claim that when players fight against human-looking opponents, those players become more aggressive. They even go so far as to say that games with these types of opponents in them may be more likely to provoke violent thoughts and words than games where monsters are the enemy.

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First Lady Sees Culture as an Obstacle to Higher Education for African American Youth

May 17, 2013 -

First Lady Michelle Obama recently gave a commencement address at Bowie State University encouraging more young African Americans to continue their education. She does so by throwing culture like videogames, television, and music under the bus.

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ZippyDSMleeI mean 4 main classes and maybe 3 or 4 model’s each…I’am just not seeing it….03/06/2015 - 8:28pm
ZippyDSMleeLame excuse is rather lame. Lets face it these days there there only a couple games that rely on such mechanics and it stifles player creativity to choose a body type for themselves and excludes those that wish to play as something closer to themselves.03/06/2015 - 8:17pm
Andrew EisenDoesn't matter if you play more games where the cast is the same basic character model. In this type of game, being able to easily tell which character you're looking at serves an important purpose.03/06/2015 - 7:29pm
ZippyDSMleeMechaCrash:Meh I've played more stuff that had pickups rather than set class's.03/06/2015 - 7:22pm
MechaCrashZarya's body type also has a pragmatic reason. Ever notice how in TF2, you can immediately tell who's who because they all have very different profiles? Same deal with Overwatch. If you see Zarya, you KNOW it's Zarya.03/06/2015 - 6:32pm
Adam802http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_27662192/leland-yee-case-judge-pushes-corruption-trial-august03/06/2015 - 6:12pm
ZippyDSMleeNearly anyway the new UT game has color at least. And wow they changed to C++ 0-o03/06/2015 - 5:43pm
ZippyDSMleeCraig R.: Same reason why UT99/04 and UT3 are diffrent, gritty is the thing to do...at least it was... nearly everyone else grew out of dark and gritty….03/06/2015 - 5:40pm
ZippyDSMleeI doubt each model of characters in COH/COV/CO,ect are kept as unique model data.03/06/2015 - 5:39pm
ZippyDSMleemodel shape.03/06/2015 - 5:38pm
ZippyDSMleeMonte:I think it’s more a part of the engine, yes its more work but you should be able to have some sort of physical collision system in place to keep arms and stuff from clipping. Outside of that the data stored is just number variables to change the m03/06/2015 - 5:38pm
Andrew EisenAt least she's smiling in one of the pics.03/06/2015 - 5:31pm
Craig R.It's like somebody took the color palette and decided that anything approaching 'bright' is unacceptable03/06/2015 - 5:30pm
Craig R.Scratching my head as to why DC shows are as dark and drab, color-wise, as the movies look to be03/06/2015 - 5:30pm
MonteIf for instance you make the character fat, you need to make sure the animation of the character moving his arms and gun around, won't result in them clipping into the character's larger stomach03/06/2015 - 5:22pm
Monte@zippy, I imagine creating customizabel, vastly different body types would add a lot more complexity. Like making sure the character's animation still looks right. It can be done, but it can get complicated03/06/2015 - 5:19pm
Andrew EisenSupergirl TV costume: http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/06/first-photos-of-supergirl-revealed03/06/2015 - 4:49pm
prh99I think it probably far easier to add a character than strip a feature from game engine that was baked in from the start.03/06/2015 - 4:45pm
Andrew EisenAs I've said twice already, yes, strides in one area do not absolve anyone from criticism over where else they're falling short.03/06/2015 - 3:04pm
ZippyDSMleeI know I know one thing is not the other. Still worth nagging about.I still do not see why they do not put in body sliders and elt people make thier own body types....I'd do fat/pudgy or chibi befor I do ultra generic prefect body......03/06/2015 - 2:59pm
 

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