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  Video Game Media Watch - The Video Game Journalism Review
Long-time readers of Video Game Media Watch are likely unsurprised over the Gerstmann/GameSpot uproar that hit the Internet over the past day (witty pontificators have been referring to it as “Gerstmann-Gate”).
Despite controversy, the BBFC isn’t shying away from their decision, as reported in the Sunday Times, a newspaper distributed in the UK.
Our second experiment showed that both men and women can improve their spatial skills by playing a video game and that the women catch up to the men… Moreover, the improved performance of both sexes was maintained when we assessed them again after five months.
vgmwatch.com   (2792 words)

  Video game controversy - Definition, explanation
Video and computer games are periodically criticized in the media by some parents' groups, psychologists, religious organizations, or politicians for the level of violence, cruelty, and crime that some games allow players to act out.
Defenders of video games, and video game publishers, state that video games are harmless entertainment, similar to the previous generation's childhood "violent" play of "Cops and Robbers", and that playing video games does not cause acts of violence, but indeed may be a cathartic way of expressing frustration or anger without harming any people.
Within the video game industry, there is not much self-criticism about excessive sexuality or violence, as it is generally believed that video games are not exclusively for the consumption of children, and that video game publishers have as much right to explore adult-oriented, mature themes as do movie studios or book publisherss.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/v/vi/video_game_controversy.php   (4515 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Video game controversy
Video and computer games are periodically criticized in the media by some parents' groups, psychologists, religious organizations, and politicians for the level of violence, cruelty, and crime that some games allow players to act out, and often glorify.
Controversy of speeding and evading the authority in racing games has surfaced when a title from the Need for Speed series was found in one of the suspects' cars in Toronto in 2006-01-26, when two street racers were involved in an accident resulting in a taxi-driver's death.
Response to controversies over sexuality is generally in the form of indignation that video games are singled out where movies, books, and television shows are not (despite the fact that Hollywood exercised the Hays code to ban any movie which violated its strict moral sense in the early half of the 20th century).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Video-game-controversy   (9516 words)

 Wikinfo | Video game
The term "video game" is often not considered to include computer games and coin-operated arcade games, both because historically the games in these three categories were very different, and also because the activity of playing these three types of games is different.
Video games are made by developers, sometimes individuals, but almost always a team consisting of designers, graphic designers and other artists, programmers, sound designers, musicians, and other technicians.
Video games are very popular and the market has grown continuously since the end of the video game crash of 1983.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Video_games   (2465 words)

 The Video Game Revolution: "Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked" by Henry Jenkins | PBS
Former military psychologist and moral reformer David Grossman argues that because the military uses games in training (including, he claims, training soldiers to shoot and kill), the generation of young people who play such games are similarly being brutalized and conditioned to be aggressive in their everyday social interactions.
Video games are not a meaningful form of expression.
Yet, a child who responds to a video game the same way he or she responds to a real-world tragedy could be showing symptoms of being severely emotionally disturbed.
pbs.org /kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html   (1728 words)

 Video Game Controversy - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Video Game Controversy has existed ever since the days of the first video game, Pong, which came out in 1958 or 1959.
Video Games have been criticized for the following reasons: One- Clowns have turned into gay homosexuals over the years.
Three- Violent video games are believed, by the Lawyers, to turn children into lesbians and homo-sexuals.
www.uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Video_Game_Controversy   (1592 words)

 When Two Tribes Go to War: A History of Video Game Controversy - Features at GameSpot
In the early 1980s, Lamm and her battle against arcades bridged the gap between the first truly controversial game in the '70s and the Brave New World of the early 1990s with Mortal Kombat.
The games in this section not only unleashed pandemonium among the public and media, but they were also pulled from store shelves, they faced litigation, they were banned from entire countries, and they inspired the creation of ratings agencies and new laws.
The objective of the lo-fi fl and white game that looked like a slightly more advanced version of Pong was to earn points by running over as many "gremlins" as possible within a given time frame.
www.gamespot.com /features/6090892/p-2.html   (607 words)

 When Two Tribes Go to War: A History of Video Game Controversy - Features at GameSpot
She discussed how she and other advocates for banning video games had recently "passed final legislation to limit and control what we considered as being a massive proliferation of games within our community," according to a transcript.
Games were under fire, and Mortal Kombat was still a good 10 years from its inception.
Since controversy is not just a fl and white issue, The Docket includes a sampling of game-industry lawsuits and squabbles, and Juvenile Hall features the lighter side of controversy, because sometimes it's OK just to laugh.
www.gamespot.com /features/6090892   (623 words)

 Rocky Mountain News: Web extra   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Six years later a number of "adult" video games were produced for the Atari 2600, including one that involved the rape of a American Indian woman tied to a stake.
Video games seem to be on the verge of a cultural tipping point, one that will thrust gaming from the realms of subculture into the public eye as a pop-culture influencer, and it seems that Rockstar has a lot to do with that.
The game developer was founded with the concept of changing the perceptions of the powerful medium from something played by children to something enjoyed by adults.
blogs.rockymountainnews.com /denver/freePlay/2006/08/evolution_or_explotation.html   (1944 words)

 Online Games & Video Games - BusinessWeek
Ubisoft, which develops, publishes, and distributes video games such as the forthcoming "Assassin's Creed" and numerous action games based on Tom Clancy novels, just released the Imagine line of games for young girls.
The games giant has spent $860 million on recent deals, heralding a shift in strategy and potentially building a new innovation engine for itself
Ubisoft and other video game outfits are asking the industry leader for help in wooing casual gamers.
www.businessweek.com /innovate/gameroom   (348 words)

 Game maker courts new controversy--boys kissing | Tech News on ZDNet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Gay video game enthusiasts have embraced "Bully," which was was the U.S.'s third top-selling game in the week ending Oct. 27, according to figures from UBS.
Take-Two was forced to pull that game from store shelves at the cost of millions of dollars to the company because it had not disclosed the existence of the scene.
The video game industry rating board considered the boy-kissing-boy scenes in "Bully" before assigning it a "Teen" rating, spokesman Eliot Mizrachi said.
news.zdnet.com /2100-1040_22-6130423.html   (766 words)

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The 50 Cent video game comes out on November 15th, timed to coincide with his new film and movie soundtrack and Judge M was left out of the project.
That game, coincidentally, alludes to some of the issues that first angered him, then convinced him, that the next 50 Cent, Ice T or other major rap artists’ video game would be created only under his supervision.
And the next time that Judge M works on a video game programming team, he’ ll be watching his back and keeping an eye on people who hone their skills with his expertise, then head for the closest exit.
www.mono211.com /links/wiggawreckords.txt   (440 words)

 Tech2.com India > Christian Video Game Stokes Controversy > News on Games   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A Christian video game has become the latest battleground in America's 'culture' wars, with its maker claiming it promotes prayer while critics charge it carries a message of violent religious intolerance.
The critics describe it as "a violent video game in which born-again Christians aim to convert or kill those who don't adhere to their extreme ideology.
But the basis of the game is spiritual welfare," said Troy Lyndon, CEO of Left Behind Games Inc. "The antichrist is the main bad guy and so you are dealing with his henchmen.
www.tech2.com /india/news/games/christian-video-game-stokes-controversy/3262/0   (553 words)

 Violent Video Game Controversy - Console Game Index   (Site not responding. Last check: )
To date, violent video games have not been studied as extensively as violent television or...
A Christian video game has become the latest battleground in America’s “culture” wars, with its maker claiming it promotes prayer while critics charge it carries a message of violent religious...
The effects of violent video game habits on adolescent aggressive attitudes and behaviors.
www.consolegameindex.co.uk /violent-video-game-controversy.html   (330 words)

 crocoPuffs: Blog: Video Games Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This invention is the coolest video game contraption I've seen in a while.
While the game ran perfectly 90% of the time, In a lot of the scenes with character dialogue, the stuttering and clipping was so bad I could not understand a word they were saying.
Finally somebody uses their noggin to rebut the allegation that the video game industry is a bigger revenue generator than Hollywood.
www.crocopuffs.com /blog/archives/video_games   (722 words)

 Christian video game sparks controversy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The overall video game software market, including consoles and portables, was $6.1 billion in 2005, based on U.S. sales, according to The NPD Group research company in Port Washington, N.Y. It does not track sales for Christian video games, which is a tiny niche.
The current market for Christian video games is essentially nonexistent, Pachter said, but there is opportunity given the growing popularity of Christian products and the fact parents want nonviolent fare for their children.
He’s been in the business since 1999, when Christian game developers consisted of a handful of people who made a video game with about $10,000 while top game developers were spending $2 million to $3 million.
www.religionnewsblog.com /15893/christian-video-game-sparks-controversy   (1306 words)

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JACKSONVILLE, FL –- The makers of a new video game say its Biblically themed action is designed to stir “’thinking and talking’ about matters of eternal importance.” But opponents on the First Coast say it’s offensive to Christian beliefs.
In the game, converting people to your cause is the highest goal, and there are consequences to killing.
The game’s makers say “Left Behind” will bring the Bible to a wider audience and that some violence is vital to a game set at the end of the world.
www.wtlv.com /news/spotlight/news-article.aspx?storyid=70247   (501 words)

 Capital News 9 | 24 Hour Local News | HEADLINES | New video game causes controversy
"Games that are aimed and marketed at kids and teach them violence and desensitize them to death and destruction have no place in society," said Senator Charles Schumer.
The game in question is called "25 To Life." Its creator, the British company Edios, said players experience the gritty lifestyles of police task forces or gangsters, and it's the gangster part Schumer doesn't like.
Senator Chuck Schumer wants to make sure a new video game never hits store shelves, but game dealers say kids can't wait to get their hands on it.
www.capitalnews9.com /content/headlines/?ArID=136581&SecID=33   (277 words)

 KTRE-TV - Lufkin/Nacogdoches, TX - Video Game Controversy
There is nothing entertaining about losing an officer in the line of duty, but a new video game called "25 to Life" allows players to become cop killers.
The video game "25 to Life" is causing so much controversy, stores in East Texas that sell the game aren't making any comments about it, but they are making sure all buyers are at least 18 years old.
Michael Range says he plays video games everyday, but the teenager draws the line when it comes to cop killer video games.
www.ktre.com /Global/story.asp?S=4540114   (402 words)

 Left Behind: Left Behind Video Game Controversy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
When first we heard of a video game, we were as skeptical as anyone and insisted on hearing the idea directly from the planners.
The result is a game that is beautifully rendered, clearly carries our message (indeed, we have already heard of one young man who has become a believer through playing it), is strategic rather than only warfare based, and is no more violent than the Lone Ranger or Roy Rogers episodes I grew up watching.
Unlike typical video games that show buckets of blood and flying body parts, victims shot in our game fall in a puff of smoke.
www.leftbehind.com /channelnews.asp?pageid=1322&channelID=17   (433 words)

 Monitor on Psychology - Just a game?
Negative effects of games could have a widespread impact, as 70 percent of children own games, with boys averaging 13 hours of game play a week and girls averaging five, according to a 2002 study by D.A. Gentile and D.A.Walsh in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (Vol.
Additionally, APA stated a concern that video games may be more harmful than other media because of their interactive nature (www.psychologymatters.org/videogames.html).
Though results of some studies have been controversial (e.g., critics argue that negative effects are short-lived) and other studies have found positive effects of games (e.g., increasing hand-eye coordination), the popular notion is that games have largely negative effects on children.
www.apa.org /monitor/may06/jn.html   (884 words)

 New Video Game Stirs Controversy | WKRN.COM   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The game is actually devoid of any guns, and players are encouraged to fight bullies and protect the weaker kids.
Game creator Rockstar released a statement that read, "We'll never convince everyone, but we hope people will enjoy the story in “Bully” as much as they enjoy similar stories in books, plays and movies."
in Florida trying to stop the sale of the game to minors, but the judge in the case rejected his request, saying "Bully" is violent, but no more so than a night of television.
www.wkrn.com /nashville/news/new-video-game-stirs-controversy   (390 words)

 Religious Video Game Faces Controversy - Local/Florida News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The purpose of the game is for Christians in the game to kill their non-Christian opponents or to convert them," Simpson said.
Johnson said there was violence in the game, but that there was far less violence than in other games he's played.
The game has received a 'T' rating, which means the game is for children 13 and older because of violence.
www.news4jax.com /news/10527833/detail.html   (609 words)

 13abc.com: Video game controversy
Disrespectful, dangerous, plain stupid, that's how many groups are describing this new game, and some police officer groups are using their websites to encourage consumers to boycott it.
The game is approved for adults only and game makers say it's up to parents to monitor their kids.
According to a company statement, the game's release was delayed to tone down kill moves.
abclocal.go.com /wtvg/story?section=local&id=3925658   (420 words)

 Video Game Controversy - Drakeshangout.com - When you have nothing better to do!
I was sort of interested by this because it claimed to be Christian, but seemed interesting enough to be a game meant for fun, not education.
After looking at its features I decided to to a comparason to a game that was similar in genre and gameplay but was on the opposite end of a Christian's approval rating, Diablo II.
Take a game where your only objective is to blow the other players to bits with high powered weapons.
drakeshangout.com /index.php?showtopic=127   (596 words)

 JFK Reloaded is just plain creepy. - By Clive Thompson - Slate Magazine
Why a derivative sci-fi gorefest is the best video game of the year.
This is what video games are uniquely suited to do—set up a system and let people mess around in it so they can discover what's possible and what's impossible.
After each round, the game lets you view the scene in a dozen different ways, including the classic Zapruder film angle or even from the perspective of a camera mounted on the limo.
www.slate.com /id/2110034   (791 words)

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