UK watchdog agency forbids free-to-play game makers from direct appeals to children

August 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, a government consumer watchdog agency, issued two rulings against free-to-play game makers over the way they market to children. 

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John Carmack's ten-year-old son releases second video game

August 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Oculus VR chief technology officer and id Software co-founder (makers of such hits as DOOM and Quake) John Carmack (pictured, left) revealed via Twitter today that his ten-year-old son Ryan is following in his footsteps. Ten-year-old Ryan Carmack has created two games so far - a Pong-style game called "Angry Face" (created last year using Unity) and another called "Fly." The latter is available for Mac and Windows and was built using Racket and Blender. Here's Ryan's description of his latest game - from his web page:

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Survey says video games and technology are an integral part of teen friendships

August 13, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Last week, Pew Research Center released the results of a survey of 1,060 teens aged 13 to 17 and found that technology such as video games, mobile phones and social media platforms are an integral part of how kids today make and maintain friendships.

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Jennifer Ann's Group reveals winners of 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge

June 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Teen dating violence awareness charity Jennifer Ann’s Group has announced the winners of the 8th annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge encourages game developers to create a game the promotes education and awareness on teen dating violence and prevention.

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Bill O'Reilly brings up games in Charleston, South Carolina mass-shooting segment

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You knew it wouldn't take long before someone in the media would try to tie video games into the horrific church shooting in South Carolina this week. That dubious distinction goes to Fox News host Bill O'Rielly and his guest Martin Luther King III for a segment on the Charleston, South Carolina shooting.

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Justice Dept. funds teen dating violence prevention game

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Department of Justice, researchers in Rhode Island, and Colorado-based multimedia developer Klein Buendel are working together to develop a video game designed to teach eighth grade boys about teen dating violence, according to an Education World report. The project has cost nearly $800,000, according to the report.

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'Minecraft' Let's Play videos the most watched on YouTube

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

YouTube is taking a break from facilitating copyright strikes against Let's Play makers to celebrate 'Let's Play' Day. As part of that celebration it has released the ten biggest games of all-time on the Google-owned video service. While it doesn't provide any numbers, the list is based on the most time spent watching a particular subject.

And according to its internal and secret tally, Minecraft is the most watched game of all time, beating out the Grand Theft Auto series, the Call of Duty series, and the FIFA series.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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'DOTA' Banned in Salawag, Philippines After Fatal Stabbings

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The small town of Salawag (Salawag, Dasmariñas City, Cavite to be exact) in the Philippines has banned playing the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, due to a number of stabbings and bad behavior among some of the town's youth, The Inquirer.net reports (as highlighted by Kotaku).

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UK Spy Agency Releases 'Fun and Free' Cryptography App for Kids

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK agency dedicated to surveillance and other hush hush top-secret stuff has released its own Android app to teach secondary school students about cryptography. The app is "free and fun," though it is from the same agency known for cooperating the National Security Agency in a number of surveillance and spying programs around the world.

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Research: No Correlation Between 'Violent Media Consumption' and 'Societal Violence'

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study by Stetson University Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology (and researcher) Christopher Ferguson shows that there's no correlation between buying and consuming violent media and real-world violence. The research comes from a two part study that compares violent video game and movie consumption with statistics on homicide.

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University of New Hampshire Gets Grant to Create Sexual Violence Prevention Game

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The University of New Hampshire's Prevention Innovations, a research and training unit that creates programs to "reduce sexual violence on college campuses," is creating a game to support "bystander intervention strategies." The project aims to create an interactive simulation video game (or ISVG) for web-based and mobile platforms. It is being funded by a two-year, $579,301 grant from the National Institute of Justice.

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Anti-Game Researchers Used to Vilify #GamerGate Supporters

October 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mother Jones officially owns the dubious distinction of publishing one of the most ridiculous articles about #GamerGate - the social media movement about "ethics in games journalism" (or about gender politics, depending on whom you ask) - to-date.

Study: Active Games No Better Than Traditional Games For Children

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of Australia suggest that playing active video games or banning traditional games outright does not help children who live sedentary lifestyles. Traditional and active play games make little difference to how physically active children are throughout the day, says Professor Leon Straker from Curtin University's School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science.

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Mods Add Taboo Relations to 'The Sims 4'

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Sims 4 modders are certainly proving to be a creative bunch, allowing players to do everything from filling in gameplay holes to adding new features into the game. Of course, sometimes people make mods to allow the game to do things that are a little bit questionable, as highlighted in this Kotaku report.

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EA Teams With White House for Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama will announce a nationwide public service campaign that urges young people to do more to help prevent sexual assaults on college campuses across the United States, the New York Times reports. The campaign, "It’s on Us,” will utilize celebrities (to be named later) and partner with game publisher Electronic Arts, according to the report.

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FTC Begins Cracking Down on COPPA Violators

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this VentureBeat report, the federal government is beginning to crack down on companies that are allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its blog this week announcing a $450,000 settlement with Yelp for collecting the personal information (names and other personal identifiers) of children in violation of COPPA.

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Teens React to NES

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you know what an NES is then you are probably pretty old. The 31-year-old system was the subject of the latest episode of The Fine Bros' popular YouTube series, "Teens React." The new video, "Teens React to NES," features Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and other teens trying to figure out what the little gray box was. Some thought it was a VCR, despite the actual name of the product prominently written in red on the front of the system.

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Father Takes Sons to the Middle East to Show Them the Difference Between Real War and Video Game War

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This Local.se report details the story of a Swedish father who is taking a little bit of heat from other parents for taking his two young sons on a trip to occupied Israel and Palestine in order to teach them about the realities of war. Yes, video games -- specifically Call of Duty -- is part of this story. Carl-Magnus Helgegren is a journalist, university teacher, and a father of two boys (ages 10 and 11).

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BAFTA Young Game Designers Awards Names First Female Winner

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The BAFTA Young Game Designers competition has its first female winner: 16 year-old Rhianna Hawkins, who won the Game Concept Award for her concept game, Tomatos Role. The other big winner of this year's honors was 15 year-old Adam Oliver, who won the Game Making Award for AlienX after reaching the final stages of the competition for the third time. Oliver made the final ten for the Game Concept Award in 2010 and 2011.

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Report: Millennials Want Leaner Government That Provides Important Services

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Libertarian publication Reason, "Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation" (PDF) finds that a majority of young people it surveyed believe that government is "inefficient, abuses its power, and supports cronyism."

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Jennifer Ann's Group Selects the 2014 Winners of the 'Life. Love. Game Design Challenge'

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann’s Group continues to use the medium of video games to promote awareness on the dangers of teen dating violence. Today the nonprofit organization announced the winners of its seventh annual "Life. Love. Game Design Challenge" - as well as the results of its first-ever game jam to create a game that championed its cause of stopping teen violence.

Research: Most Countries Get a 'C' Grade When it Comes to Physical Activity in Children

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Out of 15 countries assessed in a new study, children in Scotland were at the bottom of the rankings when it came to physical activity and at the top of rankings for spending too much time on screen-based leisure activities including watching TV and gaming.

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Research: Tailored Video Games Can Help Children Get Better Grades

April 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study from a team of researchers in Buenos Aires concludes that letting young children play specialized computer games can lead to improved grades in school. A paper detailing the research was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers enlisted the assistance of 111 first graders in Argentina to determine if children who play tailored computer games could demonstrate what is known in the profession as "far transfer" of executive functions to the real world.

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Microsoft Rewards Five-Year-Old Who Broke Into Father's Xbox One

April 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

San Diego's KGTV has a cool profile of Kristoffer Von Hassel, a five-year-old who discovered a security hole in the Xbox One account login. Kristoffer accidently managed to log in to his father's Xbox One account without knowing the password, according to the news station. He did this simply by entering spaces into the password prompt after failing to punch the right password in the first time.

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Texas Juvenile Probation Dept. Head Blames Video Games, Music for Evil Influence

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The head of the Tom Green County, Texas Juvenile Probation Dept. thinks that video games, music, and the general culture of entertainment are influencing children in negative ways. Mark Williams, the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Tom Green County, shared his insights into what he believes is influencing kids to break the law recently at the San Angelo Rotary Club. His speech was detailed at length by San Angelo Live.

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Norwegian Teen Learns That Call of Duty Marathons and Energy Drinks Can Put You in a Coma

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cautionary tale #657: drinking too many energy drinks to do anything - in this case to play a marathon session of Call of Duty - can put you in a coma. That is exactly what happened to a 14-year-old Norwegian boy. After drinking four liters of energy drinks he collapsed and was hospitalized with kidney failure. He then slipped into a coma for several days.

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Microsoft Considering Rewards System for Good Online Behavior

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft wants to encourage better behavior in online interactions on Xbox One by handing out rewards to players. While punishing players that engage in racist, sexist, homophobic, or generally unacceptable behavior while playing games online is always an option, Microsoft also wants to add a layer of incentives that might serve as a positive way to get players to behave themselves.

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NCAC Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest Winners Announced

February 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The winners of the National Coalition Against Censorship's ninth annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest have been chosen Winners will be flown into New York City for a screening event and an awards ceremony at the New York Film Academy on March 29. This year's theme, "Video Games in the Crosshairs," is of particular interest to those who love games because it asked contestants to make a video dealing with such issues as gaming, violence, virtual reality, and censorship.

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Voting Opens for Youth Free Expression Film Contest 2013 Finalists

February 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Coalition Against Censorship let us know that the Youth Free Expression Film Contest 2013 Semifinalists are now online, featuring the work of teen filmmakers that explore video games, gamer culture, and censorship. Judges will select the top three winners on February 25.

YouTube viewers can also participate by "liking" their favorite video, with the "most liked" video being honored with a People's Choice Award.

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Papa MidnightBack to when, RedMade? A week ago? (seriously, though...)08/30/2015 - 1:55am
RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
Goth_Skunk@Brad: I can.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
Big PermI actually need to look into a new headset. I have those green razer krakens and I would not suggest them. Though maybe they're better for people without glasses08/28/2015 - 11:32am

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