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  • Dads Still Got Game, but the Kids Have Got Talent

    09/27/2009 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Saije · 1 replies · 367+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/27/2009 | Donna St. George
    It's a football Sunday, and between NFL matchups on television, Tyson Cole-Hines and his 9-year-old stepson create their own drama on the field with a video game on their Xbox 360. This is a father-son pastime, playing Madden NFL 10 or NBA 2K8 on a 62-inch flat screen. But late at night, the gaming gets edgier. That's when the Reston dad launches into higher-octane battles against enemies and aliens on mature-rated fare like Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. In these war games, bullets are flying. Bad guys go down. Things blow up. This all happens in Cole-Hines's hushed...
  • Yoko Ono Thinks The New Beatles Rock Band Game Will Help Create Peace

    09/21/2009 5:20:11 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies · 1,291+ views
    All Headline News ^ | September 21, 2009 | Shannon McGregor
    Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Yoko Ono thinks the new Beatles video game will help create "a world of Peace." The 76-year-old widow of "Fab Four" singer John Lennon has praised Beatles Rock Band - which was released earlier this month - because it merges music and art to create amazing "healing vibrations." She explained: "I think game is the second revolution. In the beginning they made a splash with their music; with the video game we're going to create a planet of music and art." "Music and art are both very interesting healing vibrations, and with that vibration we...
  • Video Game Developer Qualifies for Million Dollar NASA Prize

    09/13/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Saije · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    GameFreaks365 ^ | 9/13/2009 | Kyle
    Video game developer John Carmack, better known for his work on Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein, has qualified for a million dollar prize from NASA. America's space agency challenged the nation's brightest minds to come up with a design contest known as the Lunar Lander Challenge. Carmack's team, known as Armadillo Aerospace, won $350,000 after taking first prize last year in NASA's Level 1 competition. Now they are aiming for Level 2 and the million dollar prize. As describes it: "The alcohol-fueled, pressure-tank-equipped rocket has to hang in the air for a minimum of 3 minutes during each leg of...
  • Iran tries to crack games market

    08/21/2009 1:07:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 450+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | August 21, 2009
    Video game developers from Iran have been exhibiting at a Western game convention for the very first time. Representatives from the trade body, the Iran National Foundation of Computer Games, were on hand at a dedicated stand at gamescom in Cologne. They were there to showcase the latest games developed in Iran, establish contacts, and to see if Western retailers would stock their games. But they acknowledged the political situation would make it a challenge. "We need more investors," said Amir Tarbyatjoui, head of Parsan Business Development Solutions who managed the Iranian stand. "The [US] sanctions do affect our industry,...
  • Study: Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

    08/18/2009 9:42:12 PM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 26 replies · 1,415+ views ^ | Aug 18, 2009 | Suzanne Choney
    A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed. Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Andrews University analyzed survey data from 552 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The subjects ranged in age from 19 to 90, according to the study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The hypothesis was that video-game players have a higher body mass index — the measure of a person's weight in relation to...
  • Crack In Videogames' Armor

    07/30/2009 12:38:12 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 38 replies · 1,310+ views
    Alibaba ^ | July 21 2009 | Alibaba
    Sales of videogames have finally taken a hit from the financial crisis, weakened by record-high unemployment, uncertainty about the future and a growing number of Americans swapping credit cards for savings accounts. Game software and hardware sales fell a combined 31% in June compared with last year, according to hot market research firm NPD. That's the biggest monthly decline since 2000, when sales dropped 41%; year-to-date, sales are down 12% from 2008. A new frugality seems to be at play here. Hardware sales dropped 38%, much more than sales of the games themselves, off 29%. One obvious reason is that...
  • Chuck E. Cheese's hunting related video games causing bad behavior by patrons?

    07/24/2009 7:57:26 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 17 replies · 934+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 23 July 2009 | Sandra Tan
    ome Amherst Town Board members question whether Chuck E. Cheese’s really is the place “where a kid can be a kid.” In a 3-3 vote this week, the board failed to approve a game license for the kids-themed food and entertainment venue on Harlem Road, citing concerns about violent video games and bad behavior by patrons that require police intervention. Council Member Shelly Schratz said she was disturbed by several “action-packed shoot-and-kill games” that were accessible to children as young as 4. “When I see 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds playing those games, when all the time we’re opening the paper and seeing...
  • "World of Warcraft" CEO Talks the Economy of the Video Game Industry - Video 7/9/09

    07/09/2009 2:50:40 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video interview with the CEO of Activision Blizzard Inc., Robert Kotick, whose company owns such huge names in the video game industry as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft. He discusses how the economy is impacting the video game industry. He says video games are actually doing very well since it is a relatively cheap form of entertainment. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Remembering Michael Jackson's video game legacy (Humor)

    06/25/2009 5:19:29 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 20 replies · 1,689+ views
    Crave - CNet ^ | Dan Ackerman
    "Back when Jackson was merely a semi-eccentric star, Sega created a video game property for him, named Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (actually separate games for the arcade and Sega Genesis/Master System consoles). Moonwalker was notable for being an early example of real-life celebrities appearing in video games, and for using digitized versions of some of Jacko's songs. The game is also unintentionally hilarious because Jackson is tasked with rescuing helpless children from a crime boss named Mr. Big (although in hindsight, perhaps it was Mr. Big who was doing the rescuing). The arcade version was a basic isometric beat-'em-up, with two...
  • Obama Disses Video games. Peter Moore Responds

    06/22/2009 11:38:34 AM PDT · by Glenn · 75 replies · 1,864+ views
    G4.TV ^ | Monday, June 22, 2009 11:32 AM | Stephen Johnson
    Our beloved leader is on a bit of an anti-video game tear lately. In a Father's Day message to all Americans, President Barack Obama categorized video games as a waste of kids' time. In this Sunday's Parade magazine, Obama wrote: We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done. We need to say to our daughters, Howard Huge was unavailable for comment. That's not the only Obama vs. video games news I have for you, though. In a speech to the American Medical Association, Obama...
  • Germany poised to ban all violent video games

    06/17/2009 2:13:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/15/09
    Like gamers around the world, Germans love their shoot-'em-ups. Sure, video gaming isn't quite the industry in Germany that it is in the U.S. (or some other parts of Europe), but it's still an enormous market for the industry. Those days are quite likely to come to a screeching halt in a matter of weeks, as Germany is well on its way to banning all "violent video games," defined (via translation) as games "where the main part is to realistically play the killing of people or other cruel or inhuman acts of violence against humans or manlike characters." Hmmmm... sounds...
  • Susan Greenfield’s latest claim: playing videogames to blame for financial crisis

    06/02/2009 6:51:38 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 489+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | June 2, 2009 | Eleanor Barlow
    Greenfield's been at it again: in this month's Wired article entitled, 'Did video games make bankers more reckless?', Greenfield, somewhat inconceivably, argues that playing videogames may be to blame for the current economic crisis. Rather bizarrely, Greenfield's hypothetical argument boils down to the premise that the current generation of bankers grew up playing videogames and that videogames make you reckless. "What if the recent wave of recklessness among bankers was due, in part, to the fact that the younger generation has been brought up in two dimensions - subjected to prolonged time in front of a screen, immersed in the...
  • Germans find a new way to blame America and the Army

    05/12/2009 2:18:59 PM PDT · by offmainstreet · 36 replies · 801+ views
    True/Slant ^ | 5/12/2009 | Paul Tassi
    This is great - German researchers are putting all of the blame for the existence of violent video games on the shoulders of America and the Army. Indirectly, they're saying America's culture is responsible for German kids picking up firearms and shooting their schoolmates. It couldn't be some other violent roots in German culture that leads to kids killing each other, could it? How do you say "a few bad apples" auf Deutsch?
  • Activision eyes "Guitar Hero" TV series, tour

    05/08/2009 5:17:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 397+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2009 | Paul Bond
    The worldwide hit video game "Guitar Hero" could become a reality TV show and/or a real-life concert tour, people familiar with the discussions said Thursday. "Hero" is from Activision Blizzard, a leading video game publisher that aims to turn some of its games into TV and film properties. Activision's cross-platform interests don't end at "Hero"; discussions are under way to turn the "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" video games into movies. "They are being talked about for the big screen," said one person with knowledge of the details. In an interview before Thursday's quarterly earnings conference call, Activision...
  • The Limits of Terrorism

    04/27/2009 12:04:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 350+ views
    (JERUSALEM POST) via DANIEL ^ | April 22, 2009 | by Daniel Pipes
    SNIPPET: "Does terrorism work, meaning, does it achieve its perpetrators' objectives?" SNIPPET: "In the long term, however, Islamists will likely recognize the limits of violence and increasingly pursue their repugnant goals through legitimate ways. Radical Islam's best chance to defeat us lies not in bombings and beheadings but in classrooms, law courts, computer games, television studios, and electoral campaigns. We are on notice."
  • Study Finds Some Youths 'Addicted' to Video Games

    04/20/2009 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 732+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/20/09 | Donna St. George
    A new study concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some skimping on homework, lying about how much they play and struggling, without success, when they try to cut back. In what is described as the first nationally representative study in the United States on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.
  • ‘Ghetto Golf’ Combines Golf With Guns, Needs Publisher

    04/13/2009 11:28:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 486+ views
    MTV ^ | 4/13/09 | Stephen Totilo
    I have seen the first video game that mixes golfing with machine guns, an upstart developer’s wild idea with a real life R&B twist. Chuck Brungardt described the first game he’s ever developed — the one he was showing publishers and MTV Multiplayer behind closed doors last month in San Francisco — as “Billy Madison” meets “Friday.” That’s a novel pitch. But may we propose a different description? Try “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Tiger Woods PGA.” Get ready, world, for the first video game to mix gunplay with golf clubs — and possibly the first video game to be inspired...
  • Six Days in Fallujah brings the battle home

    04/07/2009 7:35:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 11 replies · 576+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Ryan Kim
    Six Days in Fallujah, developed by Atomic Games and set to be published by Konami, takes gamers into the 2004 battle for Fallujah, the largest urban assault since Vietnam. Developers said they're not seeking to exploit the war in Iraq for profit but to use video games, the medium of choice for young people and soldiers alike, to illuminate an important battle. To that end, the game is incorporating recorded interviews and other documentary techniques. Developers say it's high time a video game aspired to do more than just entertain. "It's time for video games to do what movies, music...
  • Rabbi: Playing 'Call Of Duty' Videogame Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Nazis

    03/10/2009 10:20:01 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 33 replies · 1,129+ views
    Silicon Valley Insider ^ | 8 Mar 2009 | Eric Krangel
    Rabbi: Playing 'Call Of Duty' Videogame Helped Me Conquer My Fear Of Nazis Eric Krangel|Mar. 8, 2009, 2:18 PM|11 Tags: Gadgets, Activision, Gaming Typically, we only hear clergy talk about violent videogames in a negative way.But Brooklyn Rabbi Micah Kelber has an op-ed in Jewish media outlet The Forward this weekend, in which he describes, at length and with a lot of subtlety, how Activision-produced (ATVI) World War II-themed videogame 'Call of Duty: World At War' helped him confront his life-long fear of Nazi persecution.The whole thing is worth reading, but a taste of what the Rabbi has to say:As...
  • Boy, 11, Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman

    02/21/2009 12:16:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 1,071+ views
    AP Report ^ | February 21, 2009
    Boy, 11, charged with killing pregnant woman The victim — 8 months pregnant — was found shot in her farmhouse Feb. 21, 2009 WAMPUM, Pa. - Police in western Pennsylvania say an 11-year-old boy has been charged in the death of a pregnant woman who was found shot in a bedroom of her farmhouse. Police say the boy is charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child in the killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk. The victim was 8 months pregnant. Lawrence County police issued a statement saying the boy had been arraigned and sent to the...