The Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow in Park City, Utah, officially has something for everyone — even gamers. Not only will there be a panel discussion entitled “Video Games: The Plot Thickens” boasting writers and designers from “Alan Wake” and the “Uncharted” series, the annual animated showcase features this retro-gaming homage co-directed by […]
This set-in-space 2D strategy game isn’t exactly new; it’s garnered a good bit of acclaim over the past couple years. But Galcon has been recently updated, and if you haven’t yet killed a few hours launching fleets of starships and conquering nearby planets instead of filing, doing data entry, or whatever it is you actually […]
If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the upcoming “Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” you know that game promises a dizzying, even chaotic, array of heroes and villains spanning two very different universes. As if that isn’t enough, Capcom has teamed up with yet another super-powered troop of animated characters: hip-hop’s esteemed Hieroglyphics. Whether you […]
Be forewarned: This clip is crass and more than a little juvenile. That said, it made me chuckle out loud — albeit guiltily. More importantly, the one-note joke dovetails nicely with the recent din swelling up once again over violent video games.
If last night’s post about the study linking gaming addiction to depression and anxiety seemed dismissive, it is only because CNN’s broadcast news coverage left out any specifics that might make the study’s results appear more compelling or convincing. Gamespot, however, goes into much greater detail here about the study conducted by Iowa State professor […]
This CNN special report doesn’t go into great detail — no particular video games or even types of games are referenced by the anchor or the network’s senior medical correspondent. But, according to a study conducted in Singapore, children who play games for more than thirty hours a week — the correspondent calls them “pathological […]
Last year, doctoral students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania used the virtual reality game “Second Life” to recreate scenes from the civil rights movement. The item seemed appropriate for today.
By now you’ve probably seen or read about EA’s promotional campaign for the gory, ultra-violent shooter, “Dead Space 2,” in which mothers are subjected to scenes from the game and their reactions recorded. The result is a series of video clips of older women being horrified and, in some cases, outraged. The gist is this: […]
Ali Carr-Chellman, a professor of education at Penn, State speaking from the TED Conference, addresses the plight of boys and “boy culture” in today’s schools. She makes a compelling — if occasionally tough to swallow — argument that young males are widely and unintentionally excluded from the culture of education due, in part, to the […]