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  • IQ Scores Are Falling in "Worrying" Reversal of 20th Century Intelligence Boom

    06/14/2018 6:21:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 99 replies
    sciencealert.com ^ | 13 JUN 2018 | PETER DOCKRILL
    A defining trend in human intelligence tests that saw people steadily obtaining higher IQ scores through the 20th century has abruptly ended, a new study shows. The Flynn effect – named after the work of Kiwi intelligence researcher James Flynn – observed rapid rises in intelligence quotient at a rate of about 3 IQ points per decade in the 20th century, but new research suggests these heady boom days are long gone. … The researchers sourced their data from the IQ test scores of 18- to 19-year-old Norwegian men who took the tests as part of their national, compulsory military...
  • The Last Of Us 2 trailer hammers home Ellie’s lesbian relationship

    06/12/2018 6:13:38 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    One Angry Gamer ^ | June 11th 2018 | Billy D
    For all those Sony fanboys who at one point argued that Ellie from The Last Us wasn’t actually a lesbian, and that the interracial kiss she shared with her dying friend in The Last of Us: Left Behind was just a moment of intense emotional reactions. However, as revealed during this year’s E3 showcase, it was hammered home that Ellie is indeed a full-on, hardcore, need-no-man lesbian. The video cinematic mixes itself in with what Naughty Dog attempts to portray as in-game play, but it’s pretty obvious that the gameplay won’t be anywhere near as cinematic as it’s portrayed in...
  • ‘Battlefield V’ is Right to Include Women — They Were Vital to World War II

    06/10/2018 1:39:20 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 177 replies
    Fandom ^ | May 25th 2018 | Dom Peppiatt
    The internet is in uproar (again). Developer DICE’s decision to include a woman on the cover art for this year’s Battlefield offering has, for some reason, antagonised the most vocal parts of the gaming internet. Within minutes of DICE revealing its new game, detractors on reddit, Twitter and various online gaming forums were spouting their vitriol, furious that DICE had sacrificed authenticity in favour of ‘political correctness’. Here’s the thing, though: it hasn’t. Women have always played a vital role in the World’s wars, and to ignore that is to be willfully ignorant. From soldiers enlisted in active duty to...
  • Steam games store to 'allow everything'

    06/08/2018 4:35:08 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | June 7, 2018 | Dave Lee
    The Steam video game store has changed its content policy to "allow everything", unless it is illegal or "straight up trolling". The shift comes after controversy surrounding games which many people considered were offensive. A school shooting simulation game was removed from the store last month. But now games publisher Valve, which owns Steam, said it was not up to the company to decide what should or should not be on sale. The new policy paves the way for pornographic games to be made available on the platform, including in virtual reality. It would make the Steam store the first...
  • Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Dies At 81

    05/28/2018 6:16:58 AM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://kotaku.com ^ | 5/26/18 | Cameron Kunzelman
    Ted Dabney, the co-founder of Atari alongside Nolan Bushnell, has died at the age of 81. News of Dabney’s death was announced in a Facebook post by the video game historian Leonard Herman, the author of the Phoenix series of video game history books. Dabney was an important figure in the history of both Atari and video games in general, and his engineering work in the early 1970s was crucial in creating Computer Space, the second (but more successful) coin-operated adaptation of Spacewar!, which paved the way for the founding and thriving of Atari.In a portion of an interview quoted...
  • 'Active shooter' video game prompts outrage in wake of mass shootings

    05/27/2018 11:21:26 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Christopher Carbone, Paulina Dedaj
    "Active Shooter," a video game that allows players to simulate a school shooting, prompted outrage in the wake of multiple mass shootings at American schools. The game is set to be released on June 6 and will be available on Steam, a digital distribution platform developed by Valve. Players are given the option to either be a SWAT team member or the shooter while simulating a shooting in a school environment.
  • Are Today’s School Shooters Yesterday’s Medicated Video Game Addicts?

    05/22/2018 7:50:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/18 | Katy Grimes
    Today's political correctness is on steroids thanks to the left and Democrats who politicize everything Since the 1999 school shooting in Columbine, CO, it appears that a typecast of the shooters has emerged: teen boys who are depressed, isolated, medicated, jilted, have absentee or divorced parents, and play violent video games. he latest school shooter opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on last Friday, killing 10 and wounding 13. Police arrived on scene and engaged in a 30-minute shootout. The shooter targeted and murdered a teen girl who rebuffed his advances.
  • Blood spilled from another US high school ... and video games are already being blamed

    05/20/2018 7:33:14 AM PDT · by Salman · 47 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 May 2018 | Iain Thomson
    Once again, a mass murderer has opened fire at a school in America – this one is Santa Fe High School in Texas – and video games are already being blamed. Rather than, oh, say, gun control, or the lack thereof. Details are still coming in. The attack happened just a few hours ago. At this stage, it appears nine students and one teacher are dead, ten more wounded, explosives were potentially found at the school, and a suspect has been taken into custody. In his segment on Fox News covering the shooting, anchor Jon Scott was chatting to a...
  • Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller levels up accessible gaming

    05/17/2018 9:04:48 AM PDT · by kanawa · 4 replies
    CNET ^ | MAY 17, 2018 | IAN SHERR
    <p>He started at the age of 5 nearly three decades ago, joining his older brother who was playing the original Super Mario Bros. title on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Within a few years, he was playing games like Id Software's 1992 Nazi prison break shooter, Wolfenstein 3D, and the followup sci-fi hit Doom.</p>
  • How video games are fuelling the rise of the far right

    03/12/2018 9:09:08 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 Mar 2018 | Alfie Bown
    Donald Trump’s claim, in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, that these events are the result of violent video games, resurrects old arguments about whether young people emulate the games they play. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent decision to consider video game addiction an official illness shows comparable concern. However, these responses demonstrate anxiety about the right things for the wrong reasons. Gaming cultures are connected to violence – but should be considered in terms of the rise of far right political discourse and the prominence of “alt-right” misogyny and racism. While Trump is firmly on the right...
  • 'Grand Theft Auto' executive, 'killology' researcher invited to Trump's video game violence talk

    03/08/2018 8:32:58 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 8, 2018
    President Trump will discuss violent video games Thursday afternoon with a diverse group of industry leaders, lawmakers, and conservative cultural critics. A list of participants was shared by the White House a few hours ahead of the 2 p.m. event, called after Trump suggested last month that violent games may lead to mass shootings, a contention unsupported by mainstream scholarship. Industry representatives include Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, a video game trade association that preemptively circulated pushback, video-game maker ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman, and Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick.
  • Trump raises concerns about impact of violent movies (tr)

    02/22/2018 3:47:08 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 22, 2018 | John Bowden
    President Trump on Thursday warned about the influence of violence in movies while discussing school safety and mass shootings, suggesting it could be a contributing factor to recent mass shootings. Trump made the comments during a meeting at the White House on school safety attended by lawmakers and top administration officials, where the president addressed a number of issues in addition to gun violence. "We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what...
  • ... 'Gaming disorder' is added as a mental health condition by the World Health Organisation

    12/22/2017 3:19:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The draft wording of its diagnostic manual says someone has a gaming disorder if ‘gaming takes precedence over other life interests’. The unhealthy behaviour will have had to continue for at least a year before diagnosis is confirmed. The agency has not listed other conditions linked to technology, such as so-called smartphone or internet addiction, due to a lack of evidence they are ‘real disorders’.  However the New Scientist quoted Vladimir Poznyak, at the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as saying: ‘Health professionals need to recognise that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences. ‘Most people who...
  • People lining up to play ‘Harambe Kong’ arcade game

    12/19/2017 8:12:14 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 5 replies
    KXAN ^ | December 19, 2017 | KXAN Staff
    BOISE, Idaho (KIVI/CNN) — At an arcade bar in Boise, Idaho, people are crowding around and lining up to put quarters into a game called Harambe Kong. It’s similar to Donkey Kong, but this new game lets you play as Harambe, the gorilla that was shot and killed by a Cincinnati zoo keeper after a toddler fell into his cage. In the game, Harambe runs and jumps around to catch falling food for points, but if he touches a child, it’s game over in a dramatic and bloody fashion.
  • Pentagon Recommends Nation Play Through All ‘Fallout’ Video Games In Preparation (tr)

    11/28/2017 5:04:24 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 41 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | November 28, 2017
    Pentagon Recommends Nation Play Through All ‘Fallout’ Video Games In Preparation For Imminent Nuclear ApocalypseWASHINGTON, D.C.—Hot on the heels of yet another ballistic missile launch in North Korea, the Department of Defense recommended Tuesday that all citizens begin playing through a binge gaming marathon of the Fallout series of video games in order to prepare for life in the nuclear wastelands.Speaking on an emergency public broadcast video, Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated that all Americans should consider picking up all of the core Fallout games, should they wish to have the experience and skills necessary to survive the coming...
  • Roblox 101: What is Roblox and Who Plays It?

    11/14/2017 5:43:06 PM PST · by Drew68 · 5 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 14 Nov 17 | David Jagneaux
    Roblox has reached a popularity level with the young gamer demographic that few developers could ever dream of achieving with their releases. But at the same time, a shocking number of people have never heard of it. As it turns out, games starring player-customized faux-Lego figures just aren’t very popular among adults, but they’ve taken the world by storm for those under the age of 14. If you’re unfamiliar, Roblox is a game on PC, mobile devices, and Xbox One that lets users create their own avatar and play any number of thousands of games that are all created by...
  • Colleges roll out scholarships to varsity video game players

    09/15/2017 10:59:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09/15/2017 | CBS/AP
    Video games are going varsity. In some ways, they're like typical college athletes. They're on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they're playing video games. On college campuses, varsity gaming teams with all the trappings of sports teams are becoming increasingly common as schools tap into the rising popularity of competitive gaming. After initially keeping its distance, even the NCAA is now considering whether it should play a role. Fifty U.S. colleges have established varsity gaming teams over the past three years, often offering at least partial scholarships and...
  • Why More Young Men Aren’t Working — Video Game

    07/08/2017 1:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | uly 5, 2017 | Maria LaMagna
    Before young American men get back to work, they should switch off the video console. Younger men’s working hours have declined more than those of older men over the last 15 years, according to a working paper by researchers at Princeton University, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester and distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Cambridge, Mass.-based research group. The researchers analyzed how people spend their time when they are not working. Older men are more likely to be employed than those who are younger. Some 66 percent of men looking for jobs aged...
  • Chancellor Merkel is opening gamescom for the first time

    06/22/2017 6:07:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 6 replies
    Gamescom ^ | June 22, 2017 | Staff
    Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will open gamescom, the world’s largest event for computer and video games, for the first time on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 in Cologne. This was announced today jointly by Koelnmesse, organiser of gamescom, and the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) as gamescom sponsor. “We consider it a great honour and a sign of recognition that Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will this year participate in the opening tour of gamescom”, says Felix Falk, Managing Director of the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU). “The visit of Dr. Merkel underlines the importance of...
  • Atari working on its first video game console in over 20 years

    06/19/2017 11:38:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2017 | Staff
    Known as a pioneer in the formation of the video arcade and modern video game industries, Atari is stepping back into the hardware business with a new game console — its first in more than 20 years. The New York company, swimming with the tide on the popularity and nostalgia of retro games, recently began teasing the Ataribox with an advertisement showing a “brand new Atari product years in the making.”