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Video Games Rarely Warn For Smoking The Way They Do For Violence

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology

(Reuters Health) - Video games popular with children and teens often feature characters that smoke even though few packages carry warnings about toba...

Slave Trade Video Game Edited After Backlash

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a shi...

E3 2015: A Bigger, Better Show Built For Everyone

Rich Taylor | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Rich Taylor

Although the doors to the Los Angeles Convention Center have closed on E3 2015, the buzz it generated continues. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products, always excites.

'Jeff Koons Must Die!!!' A Video Game That Brings Your Angry Art World Fantasies To Life

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts

"What if you were locked in an art museum overnight, with a rocket launcher, during a Jeff Koons retrospective?" That's how artist Hunter Jonakin sets...

Brave New World(Building): How an Author Became a Game Designer

Amanda Gardner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Amanda Gardner

I felt stripped of all the conventions that I'd come to rely on, especially as someone who always wrote in first person. Pulling a story out of me this way was like trying to give birth through your bellybutton -- just not going to happen.

This Video Game Perfectly Depicts The Struggles Of Every Cat Owner

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.20.2015 | Good News

"We piss you off, but you love us anyway." -- the motto of cats everywhere. Which is why Will Herring's video game, "My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up at...

Review of Racing Video Game Soundtrack, AG Drive

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Music has developed a close relationship with technology. The birth of the electronic era has changed how music is heard and experienced. The technological age has made it possible for one person to create powerful music that once required a team. Now, though an unlikely pairing, even video games are joining the music world.

Video Games' Place in American Culture

Rich Taylor | Posted 06.14.2015 | Technology
Rich Taylor

Video games are one of the largest entertainment industries in America. The question is not who plays, but what games, on what device and with whom. In fact, nearly half of the U.S. population -- 155 million people -- play video games.

Rise of eSports is a Game Changer

Rich Taylor | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Rich Taylor

In the video game industry, streaming capabilities gave rise to a new category of sporting events -- professional video game competitions. Esports is a million-dollar industry with millions of vocal fans worldwide and is quickly becoming the fastest-growing and most-viewed sport in the U.S.

Putting Together Ikea Furniture Sucks So Much, These Guys Made A Video Game About It

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 01.30.2015 | HuffPost Home

Another day, another round of complaints about the FML experience that is assembling IKEA furniture. Luckily, our frustration is understood far and...

The Woman Who Created a Gay-Dating Sim

Abby Lee | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Abby Lee

The story of the main character you play, a college senior who recently came out of the closet to his two goofy but loving roommates, seemed extremely compelling to me. There was so much potential to make something endearing, comical, and erotic.

Gamers Deck the Virtual Halls of Their Disney Infinity Toy Boxes

Jim Hill | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As you've probably already heard, Disney Parks and Resorts go kind of Christmas Crazy this time of year with character-specific decorations giving each land at the Parks an especially festive feel for the holiday season. But what you may not have heard is that Disney Infinity fans are now also embracing the spirit of the season.

'Tis the Season to Pass on Our Geek Addictions

Michael L. Berman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

'Tis the season for all of us technogeeks to raise our children (and grandchildren) in our image. This means, of course, our Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas gift list needs to be dominated by a few items geared toward geek development.

Video Game Industry Adds Billions to US Economy

Rich Taylor | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Rich Taylor

Compensation continues to rise. Employees in the computer and video game industry earned an average of 94,747 in 2012, up from90,000 in 2010. In comparison, the average U.S. household income in 2012 was51,759.

Here's The Cast And Characters Of The 'Warcraft' Movie

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment

The "Warcraft" movie just leveled up. Saturday at the BlizzCon gaming convention, the characters for the upcoming movie based on the "World of Warc...

Options are Endless for Students Seeking to Design Video Games

Rich Taylor | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Rich Taylor

To help students interested in a career in game design get started, the Entertainment Software Association releases a state-by-state list of video game programs in higher education.

The Ideal Amount Of Time Kids Should Spend Playing Video Games

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 08.08.2014 | Technology

If you're struggling to lay down some house guidelines for video games, remember the first rule of red wine: While a little bit can be good, too much ...

Parenting Milestone: The Day My Son Threw His First Hadoken

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

I don't remember when my son started eating solid foods. I'm not entirely sure when it was that my son took his first steps. And sure, I guess I remember his first day at preschool. But by far, the most memorable milestone he's had so far was throwing his first Hadoken.

When Conan Plays Video Games, No Trees Are Safe

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Comedy

Trees in futuristic Chicago better beware. This week, Conan O'Brien, talk show host and "Clueless Gamer," got a sneak preview of "Watch Dogs" for P...

How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

Shaq: Don't Hate on Celebs Who Crowd Fund

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Shira Lazar

) Shaq spoke with What's Trending at the SXSW Samsung Blogger Lounge about his Shaq Fu Indiegogo Campaign. He let us in on the hottest perks, how t...

Excited for Titanfall? Not As Much As Wayne Brady

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Shira Lazar

) Wayne Brady stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW to talk "How I Met Your Mother," "Whose Line Is It Anyway," and most importantly, Xbox On...

Life Is A Game. This Is Your Strategy Guide.

Oliver Emberton | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
Oliver Emberton

You might not realize, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games -- like dancing, driving, running, and sex -- but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.

Why Video Games AREN'T Bad For You (NEW BOOK)

Nick Yee | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Nick Yee

When video games get into the news, they are almost always framed using two deeply entrenched yet diametrically opposed tropes. Unfortunately, both these tropes are based more in fantasy than reality.