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Canadian military interested in using video games for training purposes

Canadian military interested in using video games for training purposes

Canada is the latest addition to the list of countries whose military forces are currently using or considering using video games for training purposes. A report has appeared in the Canadian Press, stating that Canadian forces may use video games for war training. “Canada’s military says video simulation, including video games like Call of Duty, will play an increasing role in its training in the future,” read the report. The publication claims that Brigadier-General Denis Thompson has said that the option [...]

Playing video games can increase brain size, according to study

Playing video games can increase brain size, according to study

Sure, you can say that playing video games improves motor skills all you want, but are there any physical effects on the brain by doing so? That is what researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus. The researchers wanted to find the link between playing video games and cerebral structural plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to physically change over time. According to the authors of the study, which was published in [...]

Best Buy announces Unlocked Epic Gaming Package, offers customers video game discounts for two years

Best Buy announces Unlocked Epic Gaming Package, offers customers video game discounts for two years

Talking to Polygon, a Best Buy representative revealed that the brick-and-mortar retailer will launch a video game-centered program called Unlocked Epic Gaming Package. This program will give participants 20 percent off new video game purchases for any console for two years. Those interested will need to purchase a $119.99 two-year Gamers Club Unlocked membership. Customers will be able to reap the benefits of the 20 percent discounts on Sunday, November 10. Trading in games will net customers double points for [...]

Russian government offers funding for patriotic video games

Russian government offers funding for patriotic video games

Not long after Company of Heroes 2 was criticized for distorting facts and painting Russians in an excessively negative light, the Russian government has announced incentives for local video game developers, encouraging them to make patriotic games. Arseny Mironov, who is an aide to Vladimir Medinsky (the country’s culture minister) said: The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events. A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, [...]

Chinese government to lift 13 year ban on video game console sales, foreign companies will be able to sell consoles across the entire country

Chinese government to lift 13 year ban on video game console sales, foreign companies will be able to sell consoles across the entire country

It has been announced today that the Chinese government will be lifting the ban on sales of video game consoles, which will open up the market to foreign companies in Shanghai’s new free trade zone. The China State Council announced the decision in a statement released on Friday, which stated that foreign companies will be able to sell consoles across the entire country providing that they have a proven track record in production and sales operations in the free trade [...]

Video game retailer admits selling GTA V copies to parents who “didn’t give a damn”

Video game retailer admits selling GTA V copies to parents who “didn’t give a damn”

Over on Kotaku, an anonymous video game retailer has written an open letter, revealing that his store had to sell a lot of copies of GTA V to little children accompanied by parents who apparently “didn’t give a damn.” This startling revelation comes in the midst of all the typical media and political propaganda to project video games in a negative light. “Last week my store sold over a thousand copies of GTA V, at least a hundred of which were [...]

61% of Brits think that video games contribute to violence, 57% think they’re a useful outlet for frustrations

61% of Brits think that video games contribute to violence, 57% think they’re a useful outlet for frustrations

A YouGov survey has revealed that 61% of Brits think that violence in video games can result in real-life violence as well. Respondents were asked whether they agreed with the statement ‘video games can be a cause of real-world violence and aggression.’ Only 31% disagreed. The results might surprise some people as 61% is quite a high figure. However, it may come as a less of a surprise that the older the respondents were, the more likely they were to establish [...]

Feature: Jack Thompson, I am not brain-impaired

Feature: Jack Thompson, I am not brain-impaired

Dear Mr. Jack Thompson, Yesterday, I reported on a little tiff between you and GameZone. We all know you for your crusades against violent video games. Before I begin, I’d like to specifically hone in on a few comments that you made that I found disgustingly ignorant. In one of your responses, you said that gamers “should be insulted, just as Jesus insulted the Pharisees.” You then went even further by saying that “the problem with gamers is that their [...]

Massachusetts lawmaker wants tax incentives so that the state’s video game industry can thrive

Massachusetts lawmaker wants tax incentives so that the state’s video game industry can thrive

Worcester, Massachusetts is a city populated by roughly 181 thousand people. It is also part of a state that has roughly 1,300 people employed in the video game industry, with the industry contributing around $1.8 billion to the state’s economy. It’s no wonder, then, that Massachusetts state representative John Binienda (D-Worcester) is pushing for more tax incentives for Massachusetts’ video game industry. The bill in question, House Bill 2511, would expand the 25 percent tax credit given to the movie [...]

Ask The Community: What games are you most looking forward to?

Ask The Community: What games are you most looking forward to?

Welcome to another installment of Ask The Community, our weekly feature where we ask you random stuff and we read them and yea! Well, we’re this close to leaving August in the rear view mirror, and with September dawning upon us very soon, we decided to ask you: what games are you most looking forward to? With the next-generation of consoles fast approaching retail shelves, this question becomes all the more relevant to all of you. Keep in mind that [...]

Ask The Community: When was the last time you ever “rage quit” a video game?

Ask The Community: When was the last time you ever “rage quit” a video game?

  Welcome to another installment of Ask The Community, our weekly feature where we ask you random stuff and we read them and yea! It’s happened to all of us. Whether it’s doing something as mundane as sweeping the floor, or botching a throw, we’ve all rage quit. We’ve gotten so angry to the point that we simply stop doing that activity, curl up in a ball, and cry until we’re too tired to cry. Video games are far from an [...]

Online game companies must bear greater social responsibility for excessive use of their products, according to study

Online game companies must bear greater social responsibility for excessive use of their products, according to study

A recent study that was led by Dr. Shumaila Yousafzai and colleagues showed that online game companies need to be more socially responsible in making sure their products aren’t excessively used in order to avoid government intervention. Several studies conducted in different cultures concluded that roughly seven to 11 percent of players are considered pathological gamers. According to Yousafzai and the team, if these companies don’t attempt to put some restraints for players in their games, and these games gain [...]

Playing video games increase visual skills, but decrease impulse control, according to new research

Playing video games increase visual skills, but decrease impulse control, according to new research

According to new research, even though video games result in increased visual skills for players, they also reduce a person’s ability to inhibit impulsive behavior. With the reduction in “proactive executive control,” it seems to add fuel to the fire that video games can boost aggressive behavior. Even so, according to director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University Craig Anderson, this is “quite speculative” and not exactly a conclusive correlation: We believe that any [...]

Senator Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act to go ahead, includes video games

Senator Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act to go ahead, includes video games

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has given the green light to Senator Jay Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act. The bill came shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with the aim to study the impact of violent video games and other media on children. The senator believes that the first step in aggressive regulation of violent media is to study the impact of it. It should be noted that shortly after the tragic shooting, President Obama also called for $10 [...]

Spending too much time on video games increases risk in suicidal thinking, according to study

Spending too much time on video games increases risk in suicidal thinking, according to study

In a recent study conducted by Georgia Regents University child & adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Eric Lewkowiez, spending too much times playing video games could lead to life-threatening hazards: There’s an increase a risk of suicidal thinking….Another thing that we know is if you’re playing video games that takes away from your school work, your grades are going to suffer. According to Lewkowiez, kids have come to him, reporting nightmares due to “these games,” probably referring to video games in general. [...]

Feature: Video games helped push away my suicidal thoughts

Feature: Video games helped push away my suicidal thoughts

Suicide is never a topic to be taken lightly. Every aspect of suicide brings a heavy air of despair and just enough dread to keep the conversation going. As such, I’m going to start this certain conversation by revealing that I’ve had suicidal thoughts. For years, I’ve had low self-esteem. I never really liked myself, and to a certain degree, I still don’t. For several years, I’ve gotten to the point where I simply hated myself. I hated the way I [...]

Denmark is an ideal country for a gamer; Danish gamers have the highest purchasing power!

Denmark is an ideal country for a gamer; Danish gamers have the highest purchasing power!

Question: what is the best place to be for a gamer? Answer: Denmark. GamePointsNow has conducted an interesting piece of research with an equally interesting conclusion. They took a list of countries, considered the average salary after tax and local game prices, and found out how many hours gamers in each country would be required to work to be able to purchase a new game. The results are shown in the figure above. An average Dane needs to work only [...]

Motion-capture controls in video games reduce aggression, research suggests

Motion-capture controls in video games reduce aggression, research suggests

Research conducted by Penn State Altoona suggests that motion-sensing technology such as the one used in Nintendo Wii doesn’t increase aggressive behavior, contrary to popular belief. 87 students participated in the study, and spent 20 minutes playing a game called ‘Punch-Out!!‘ on the Wii. About half of the students used classic controllers to play the game, while the other half used the Wii Remote. When they were done, the students were given a test designed to measure aggression levels in their [...]

Chinese military police uses video games for training, reports improvements

Chinese military police uses video games for training, reports improvements

A branch of China’s military force called the People’s Armed Police (PAP) have revealed that they use video games to train their troops. The currently 800,000 strong organization has recreation rooms that have gaming devices, computers, and an abundance of video games. While the PAP didn’t reveal which gaming systems they use or what games they’ve been playing, they did reveal the genres. They’re apparently playing gunslinger games, battlefield games, console-grade first-person shooters, fighting game simulations, and co-operative games. PAP has [...]

Google studies impact of gaming on YouTube, shows compelling results

Google studies impact of gaming on YouTube, shows compelling results

Google has recently conducted research on the impact of gaming on YouTube, and has delivered some compelling results. Statistical evidence shows that there is a significant growth in views of video game-related content compared to other content hosted on the service. In 2012, these views doubled year-on-year, which made the segment grow faster than YouTube’s overall growth percentage in the United States. The study claims that 95% of gamers in the U.S. used YouTube for entertainment and information purposes. In [...]