Addendum: Asian characters in video games My last entry, which questioned the dominance of characters with white features made by Japanese game creators, created an unexpectedly large and colorful conversation, both here and on other sites where it was cross-posted. I wanted to add a quick addendum to it, for people who are not familiar with my past work – I had no intention of insinuating that Japanese game developers are somehow worse than predominantly white Western developers, in regards to racial representation. It just so happened that, with the blockbuster release of Final Fantasy XIII, I could ask a question that I always wanted to ask. I also wanted to make it clear that I have no intention of policing what an Asian person looks like, nor do I believe in ideas of racial purity or weird essentialism in that regard. My main question remains: what colonial, historical, racial, and economical powers shape what we create? Interested people can read a more in-depth … [Read more...] about Addendum: Asian characters in video games
Video games gain widespread attention for violence and graphic images -- from gruesome deaths in Mortal Kombat to sexual content in Grand Theft Auto -- and their impact on children. Now there is controversy over the opposite -- the decision by EA Sports to use its Madden NFL game franchise to promote a positive public health message about the dangers of concussions. In consultation with the game's namesake -- legendary NFL coach John Madden -- EA Sports is changing what happens to players in the game when they suffer concussions. In existing versions, players who suffer concussions or other injuries might be able to return to play later in the course of a single game. That doesn't jibe with current NFL policy for real-life games, in which concussed players must sit out for the remainder of any game. In the next 2012 version of Madden, players who suffer concussions won't be available for the rest of a game. The … [Read more...] about Video games as a solution? Madden 2012 to tackle concussions.
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.
Tired of your kids playing video games? A Winona native is building a game that they can use while running around some Minnesota parks, according to the Winona Daily News. In the game, by JackGames.com CEO Jordan Bieber, players can go on virtual quests through the parks while a GPS tracks the player's movement, according to the story. Bieber told the newspaper he plans to release the game as a free iPhone app sometime in March. See the newspaper's story on Bieber here. … [Read more...] about A video game that encourages you to go out and play
Ouch, as they say. Tiger Woods can’t even get respect from his own video-game: Last year, Electronic Arts made the golfing great share the cover of his bestselling game with Northern Irish rookie Rory McIlroy for the first time ever. This year, following the controversy away from the green and lackluster play on it, Woods has been dropped from the cover of the March 29th release of "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. Woods has been replaced with a shot of the iconic yellow flag at Augusta National Golf Club, which is a major focus for the new game. At least until the flag starts texting other flags for hookups. Older Post Courtney Love legal strategy: "insanity defense for social media" Newer Post The Great Gatsby - in 3D! … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods dropped from his own video game cover