Roughly 2.4 Billion Hours of eSports Watched in 2013

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report from research firm IHS Technology, more people than ever are watching eSports thanks to popular games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. Around 2.4 billion hours of eSports videos were watched during 2013, according to the report - nearly double the 1.3 billion hours watched in 2012. The report goes on to predict that 6.6 billion hours will be watched by fans in 2018, with China representing the largest market for online eSport views in the world, followed by the U.S. and South Korea.

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Nielsen: The Average Household Spends Six Hours a Week Gaming

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Time spent playing video games is on the rise, especially the devotion to games on tablets and smartphones, according to new research from Nielsen. Homes with players ages 13+ spend more than six hours a week playing games on all game platforms. That's an increase of around 12 percent from the 5.6 hours a week in 2012. The data comes from the firm's annual Nielsen 360 Gaming Report.

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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: 23 Percent of Men Use Opposite Gender Avatars in MMOs

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Syracuse University researchers have conducted a study that aims to suss out whether female avatars in games are actually women in real-life or just men role-playing as female characters.

Research that included work at Syracuse University considered 375 people playing a multi-player World of Warcraft quest. Researchers found that 23 percent of the men chose opposite-gender avatars, compared to 7 percent of women who played as male characters.

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Researchers Use Video Game Processors to Improve Cancer Patient Treatment

May 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are using graphics processors (GPUs) typically found in high end graphics cards and video game consoles to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. Dr. Steve Jiang, UT Southwestern’s new Director of the Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, and Professor and Vice Chairman of Radiation Oncology are researching new ways to apply the processing speed of GPUs for medical applications like treating cancer patients more efficiently.

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Researchers Zero In On Gaming Addiction Treatments

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Researchers at the University of Adelaide (Australia) are shedding light on the unique problems of supposed "gaming addiction," saying that there is "strong evidence" to suggest that new treatments should be developed for these conditions. One of the biggest problems researchers face is that both Internet and gaming addictions are not recognized globally by mental health professionals as "real addictions." Gambling and sex addictions, for example, are recognized and treatable conditions.

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New ESA Report Offers Stats Galore on American Gaming Trends

April 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

More than 50 percent of American households believe that video games help families spend more quality time together, according to the new Entertainment Software Association report, "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Games Industry" (PDF). Around 68 percent of parents surveyed who had children under the age of 18 in their household also said that gaming provides mental stimulation and education to children.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 95

April 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss whether politicians should face the death penalty when convicted of a crime, the Dragon Age Inquisitor controversy related to 'on disc' DLC, Target recommending "M" rated games for children as Easter presents, and video game studies with no control groups. Download Episode 95 now: SuperPAC Episode 95 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.5 MB.

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Research: Children Exposed to Violent Games Retain Aggressive Thoughts and Behavior

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of Iowa State University (can you guess where this is going to go?) suggests that children who play violent video games will have more aggressive behavior and keep aggressive thoughts regardless of age, gender or parental involvement.

The research results are based on a three-year longitudinal panel study that surveyed (on an annual basis) 3,034 children and adolescents from 6 primary and 6 secondary schools in Singapore. The study notes that the beginning of the survey period participants were in the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth grades.

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Research: The Impact of Video Games on Teen School Grades is Almost Negligible

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Using worldwide scholastic results, researchers at Flinders University in South Australia have come to the conclusion that video games do not have a negative impact on the academic performance of adolescents.

Researchers analyzed data from than 192,000 students in 22 countries and found that academic performance and concentration among teenagers were not impacted by video game play.

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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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Research: Games Media Criticism of Violent Video Games Decreased as Technology Improved

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study conducted by Greg Perreault, a doctoral student at the MU School of Journalism, concludes that, as technology has advanced, the criticism of violence in video games by the media has decreased.

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Researchers Disagree on New Study Correlating Violent Games With Aggressive Behavior in Children

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research from Craig Anderson, a psychologist and professor at Iowa State University who is known for his anti-game research is making the rounds this week, but it is not going unchallenged. Anderson's latest research suggests that children who play violent video games "may experience" an increase in aggressive thoughts, which "could" lead to aggressive behavior.

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Researchers Use Tetris To Reduce Cravings

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that playing Tetris helps reduce the cravings of those with addictions to food. The study, which was recently published in the scientific journal Appetite, was designed to test the Elaborated Intrusion Theory, which posits that cravings are connected to visualization as much as they are desire in a subject. Researchers tested this theory using a visual-intensive task on patients using the popular puzzle game Tetris.

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'Play to Cure: Genes in Space' Players Help Analyze Six Months of Cancer Data

March 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cancer Research UK's smartphone app Play to Cure: Genes in Space has already seen its players analyze at least six months worth of DNA data for cancer research, the organization announced today. That's pretty impressive when you consider that the app was released on February 4 of this year.

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Poll Results: Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked readers "Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?" The majority of those who participated in the poll said that there is enough research on the topic and it's time to move on.

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Poll: Should Violent Video Game Research Continue?

March 6, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Anyone think we should keep studying the effects of violent video games?

There has been a lot of research over the last 15 years or so into how violent video games affect those that play them and not a bit of it has convinced a single, solitary court in the U.S. that such games pose any danger to those who play them.  Granted, most of the research is really poorly done, something else courts and various academic reviews have pointed out.  Hell, even the authors of some of these studies have admitted to sloppy methodology.

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Study: Video Game Training Can Make Better Baseball Players

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We often hear anti-game critics and researchers say that video games teach America's youth to be killers, but the truth is that video games teach children something more inspiring: how to play baseball! According to new research (PDF) from the University of California, Riverside, playing certain video games make children better ball players and in general improve their vision.

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UMass Studies The Positive Effects of Casual Games

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research coming out of the University of Massachusetts’ psychology department reveals that casual game players get some cognitive benefits from playing games on a regular basis.

"Most of what we hear about video games concerns their detrimental effects on players. This study shows that people perceive many positive effects, even though the games can be addictive," said UMass professor Susan Whitbourne, who conducted the study along with undergraduates Stacy Ellenberg and Kyoko Akimoto.

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ESA President Calls Out Gilman Louie on DICE 2014 Talk

February 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Entertainment Software Association president Michael Gallagher issued a statement today condemning a speech from venture capitalist Gilman Louie about the state of the game industry during his DICE 2014 talk "Disrupting Gaming."

Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, publicly admonished venture capitalist Gilman Louie for remarks Louie made about the state of the game industry during his DICE 2014 talk "Disrupting Gaming."

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One Year Later: Where's the Research?

February 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An excellent and detailed report on Gamaustra looks back (one year later) on the research promised by the Obama Administration in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting and after a meeting with researchers and company executives concerning "media violence." The short answer as to what happened concerning this $10 million research that would look at both violent media and access to guns is that "it went nowhere." The long answer is sprawled out across the seven-page feature.

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Researcher Chris Ferguson Offers Olive Branch to Mass. State Sen. William Brownsberger Concerning Video Game Research Bill

February 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an excellent editorial concerning video games and the moral panic that ensued after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012, Christopher Ferguson Ph.D. (and an associate professor and chair of the department of psychology at Stetson University) said that he would be willing to work with Massachusetts state Sen. William Brownsberger, the sponsor of Senate Bill 168.

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PA Gov't Finds No Link Between Violence and Video Games, Recommends We Keep Looking

February 5, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf introduced a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to study "the issue of violence prevention, to establish an advisory committee to conduct a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the underlying causes of violent crime, including mass shootings, and to report to the Senate with its findings and recommendations."

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Video Game Used to Research 'Risky Behavior'

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research (where video games were the central component in helping researchers formulate data on risky behavior) finds that people who engage in behavior that is risky like unprotected sex or drug abuse do so because that have little or no form of impulse control. Russell Poldrack, director of the University of Texas, Austin's Imaging Research Center, and his colleagues at the university analyzed data from 108 subjects who were analyzed using a magnetic resonance imaging scanner while playing a video game that simulated risk-taking.

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Research: Relaxing Games Increase Prosocial Behavior

January 31, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

We've got another Brad Bushman special for you today, kids!

Now, admittedly, this study was published back in 2011 but I don't believe we covered it so it's all good.

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Research: Video Games and Movies Motivate Children to Read More

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research confirms what most parents with young children and the people that market all kinds of things to them already know: that there is a synergy between films, video games, toys, and books. A survey of more than 420,000 British school children found that almost all the most-loved books of 2012 and 2013 also existed as films, apps or video games.

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Research: Dance Games Can Help Combat Urinary Incontinence

January 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video games - particularly those that promote activities such as dancing (think Dance, Dance Revolution, or any Zumba game) can help women of all ages fight against incontinence, according to new research coming out of Canada and Switzerland. According to a study published in Neurology and Urodynamics conducted by Canadian and Swiss researchers, women suffering from urinary incontinence that added a regular regimen of dance exercises (using popular interactive video games) saw an improvement in pelvic floor muscle strength.

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New Research Explores Why Some Players Cheat and Troll in Online Games

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology explores what drives players of online games to engage in bad behavior such as cheating. A study of the habits of people who play online games shows that anonymous users are more likely to cheat, but their behavior is (usually) significantly tempered by the culture and dynamics of the group of players they associate with, suggesting that other forms of online ‘bad behavior’ – such as flaming and trolling – can be modified by the attitudes and behaviors of other group members.

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Teen Concussion Patients Should Lay Off Homework, Texting, and Video Games

January 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Teens who play high school sports like football that sustain a concussion should avoid texting, homework, and playing video games, according to new research coming out of Boston Children's Hospital.

Researchers say that teen athletes that have suffered a concussion while playing a sport recovered faster when they practiced "cognitive rest."

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Research: Gaming, Physical Activity Stimulates The Brain in Similar Ways

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study by neuroscience student Brendan Lehman at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) has found that video games activate parts of the brain that are usually activated through physical activity. Lehman, who says he has been playing video games since he was a "wee child," hopes his research will counter the belief that playing video games can "rot a person's brain."

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2015/2/27/8120573/house-of-cards-season-3-monument-valley-cameo given that its a india game, and so he most likely did not have the money to pay. I wounder how that came about.02/27/2015 - 12:24pm
PHX Corphttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 8302/27/2015 - 12:22pm
Andrew EisenBullying resulting from criticizing fiction is not the critic's fault. Fiction is not always unrealistic. Neither begets sexual objectification.02/27/2015 - 11:56am
Andrew EisenSubjective? Sure, but that doesn't matter because no one's trying to regulate sexual objectification. Plenty of room to criticize sexual objectification in multiple forms of media (like Sarkeesian already does). 02/27/2015 - 11:56am
ConsterDon't 'beauty rags' already get plenty of criticism?02/27/2015 - 9:02am
ZippyDSMleeEh still rather subjective… the haters would be better off going after teen and beauty rags and magazines than fiction, fiction follows reality and going after fiction tends to turn into a bullying fest’s… plus its fiction its unrealistic to start with….02/27/2015 - 1:10am
MechaTama31That's a pretty difficult anatomy to break.02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
MechaTama31"the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy" <-- I'm sorry, but we are talking here about the woman who can roll up into a little ball and live to tell the tale, yes? ;)02/26/2015 - 11:09pm
Andrew EisenAs far as examples that could be culled from female game characters though, that one's pretty mild.02/26/2015 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenNot as much the heels or the suit in and of themselves but certainly the way her animations repeatedly break her anatomy to show off her lady bits.02/26/2015 - 9:10pm
E. Zachary KnightWell, Samus's heels are certainly impracticable, but I wouldn't really call her Zero suit objectified. I don't really feel that the new Lara Croft is objectified either, but that is my subjective opinion.02/26/2015 - 9:08pm
Andrew EisenTomb Raider: No but we haven't seen much of anything yet. Samus: Yes.02/26/2015 - 9:07pm
ZippyDSMleeWould you call the new tomb raider objectified? WOuld Samus Aran from the new Smash bros be objectified?02/26/2015 - 9:02pm
WonderkarpI'm hoping they put the rest of the comic book ghostbusters in there. Ortiz and Rookie(From GB the game)02/26/2015 - 8:38pm
Wonderkarpghostbusters board game is doing great. getting close too a 3rd extra playable Character. Ron Alexander.02/26/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenSmurfette is not subjective. If there's more than one female character, it's not Smurfette. Anyway, as with everything on the list, Smurfette is, in and of itself, not necessarily a bad thing.02/26/2015 - 8:32pm
Andrew EisenI think there's 5 women (out of 15, I think) but other than one being a bit more "hippy" than the others, they pretty much all have the same body type. Especially when compaired to the huge variety of male body types.02/26/2015 - 8:31pm
Wonderkarpso I dont see Smurfette as a bad thing. Unless like all your female characters are Smurfette. remember the Smurfs also had Sassette02/26/2015 - 8:29pm
E. Zachary KnightOne good example of the larger issues is one Anita used in the presentation, Blizzard's Overwatch game. There are a dozen men in the game with a dozen body types. But there are only 4 women with 2 body types, but 3 of them have the same one.02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
Wonderkarpthe smurfette thing is subjective to how many female characters you have. Take Sonic for example. You have Amy, who is obvious smurfette, but there's several other female characters now without that. Including the original animated seriescomics with Sally02/26/2015 - 8:28pm
 

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