As the go-to entertainment choice for American kids (not to mention millions of adults), the video game industry is huge, grossing more than $15 billion a year. Many of the most popular games include graphic images of violence, guns, and sex, and some have been criticized for the way they depict women in extremely violent scenes. Enter two New York City high school girls, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, part of a new wave of feminist gamers. The girls are using a computer game they developed called Tampon Run to empower women in the gaming community, inspire other young female coders and game developers, and change the conversation around menstruation, all at the same time. "I had been pretty vocal about wanting to make a video game that maybe had a feminist twist on it, because there's a big issue right now with the sexualization of women in video games," Gonzales told CBS News. "I wanted to do something about that." Their timing couldn't be better, as the controversy dubbed … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Girl-powered video game challenges stereotypes
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First-person shooter video games, research has found, tend to make people less sensitive to emotions and more likely to approach problems aggressively. So what do you think happens, then, when girlfriends or spouses complain to frequent gamers that they are playing too much and should spend more time with them? "This is a recipe for relationship disaster," said Douglas Gentile, an Iowa State University professor who studies media's impact on families. It also was the motivation for a new survey-based study by Gentile and colleages, which analyzed the responses of more than 1,300 couples to the role of media in their relationships. Gentile said there has been a wealth of research showing the impact of gaming on players, but not necessarily on the people close to them. The study found that the amount of time spent quarreling over media usage increased proportionately with the amount of time partners (mostly men) spent playing video games. More than the violent or racy content of the … [Read more...] about Tech week: What makes a wife angrier than video games? More games.
With help from John Hendel, Steven Overly and Ashley Gold TODAY: WHITE HOUSE VIDEO GAME SUMMIT — President Donald Trump sits down with members of the video game industry, as well as its critics, to talk about games and gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The meeting is slated to take place at 2 p.m. today. Here’s what you need to know about the high-profile meeting:Story Continued Below — The players: The industry voices at the table are slated to include: Michael Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association; Pat Vance, head of the Entertainment Software Rating Board; Strauss Zelnick, CEO and Chairman of Take-Two Interactive; and Robert Altman, CEO of ZeniMax Media. (Small world alert: Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, sits on the ZeniMax board.) They’ll face off against industry critics: Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center; Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council; and … [Read more...] about Today: White House video game summit
It’s time for another K-State Q&A. Thanks, as always, for your participation. Lots of great topics to get to this week, so let’s dive right in. TCU is a #10. Texas is a #9. They are both under .500 in league and are winless vs K-State. Yet Joe has them seeded above K-State. At what point will the non-conference schedule stop killing the Cats?— Matthew Engelken (@matthewengelken) February 9, 2018 This question is in response to Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology update at ESPN, which has K-State in the field as a No. 11 seed (in Wichita!) but below Big 12 teams it has beaten this season. A wretched nonconference schedule is the main reason why. It will stop “killing the Cats” when the postseason begins and things like schedule strength no longer matter. Until then it will hurt K-State. Remember, its nonconference schedule ranks near the bottom of college basketball, checking in at No. 342 (out of 351) nationally, per the latest RPI numbers. TCU … [Read more...] about K-State Q&A: Bracketology, football and Big 12 teams as video game consoles
Addictions to technology and video games are on the rise, a psychologist warns. Dr. Sean O’Hara, a board-certified licensed psychologist whose specialties include addiction psychology, said at a parent education workshop last month that an addiction to video games, social media and technology is presenting itself in children and teens. They exhibit many of the same signs and behaviors as drug, alcohol and gambling addictions. The free workshop, held at Mt. Carmel High School, was offered through the Student Support Services Department of Poway Unified School District. O’Hara said that while Baby Boomers and members of Generation X are capable of “unplugging,” from the internet, because they remember a time before it, younger generations of Millennials and the i-Generation cannot. He said he is seeing fewer teens and children with drug and alcohol addictions, but more with tech and video game addictions. Something he has seen in many young students is what he … [Read more...] about Psychologist warns of dangers of technology, video gaming addictions