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Violent Video Games

Moral Combat: Do Violent Video Games Make Us Reflect On Morality?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Scholars have long debated whether playing violent video games can produce antisocial behaviors in players. Evidence has been mixed, at best, and often controversial.

Access to Violence Alters Boys' Brains

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend TED2014 and I was very excited about what psychologist Phillip Zimbardo had to say. He spoke about how men are failing socially, academically and with women. His TED talk struck a nerve with me.

Anna Almendrala

It's Not The Video Games That Are Making You Angry, You're Just Bad At Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology

Grand Theft Auto. Call of Duty. God of War. These ultra-violent video and computer games get a bad rap for their bloody battle scenes and disturbing p...

'Heroes and Generals': Finding a New Narrative for War Games

Greg Perreault | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Perreault

If we think of education as satisfying curiosity, which in the best cases, it should, then its easy to see how games can serve to educate as well as entertain.

Violent Video Games Don't Exist

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Violent video games don't exist -- in fact, nor do nonviolent video games. That latter point may actually be easier to demonstrate. Given the way the term "violent video games" is defined in the scholarly community, almost all video games are violent video games, including Pac-Man.

New Study Linking Video Games & Racism Stirs Debate

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science

Fairly or unfairly, video games have been blamed for all sorts of physical and emotional ills -- from eyestrain and headaches to obesity and aggressio...

WATCH: Fighting Zombies Just Got REAL

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology

One small game hardware startup company has found a way to show off its new technology -- and breathe new life into the nation's slowly dissipating in...

The Great American Gun Violence Lottery

Erin Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Erin Ryan

Just as our gun culture has changed for the worse, it can also change for the better. If the common-sense majority can just shake off this paralyzing mantle of powerlessness, we can start making the changes we want in our world.

Don't Buy Your Kid Grand Theft Auto V for Christmas

Brad J. Bushman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Technology
Brad J. Bushman

I approach the subject as a scientific researcher who has studied these games for 25 years. From that perspective, I have real concerns about letting teens play games like GTA.

Call of Duty and a Generation of Joystick Warriors

Jackson Katz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jackson Katz

It is naïve to think we can talk about the forces shaping the socialization of boys and men (and girls and women) and not include a thoughtful discussion about the role of mega-popular video games like C.O.D.

9 Ways Video Games Can Actually Be Good For You

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 11.07.2013 | Technology

Your mother was wrong. Video games aren't bad for you. They're actually making your life better. Despite hand-wringing over a supposed connection b...

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

The Violent Life of a Crime-thriller Writer

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.14.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.

5 Survival Tips From the Real Slim Shady

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 12.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

Less than 12 hours after its digital release, Eminem's latest video, "Survival," boasts over 196,000 likes and thousands more views and shares.

Ryan Grim

House Set To Examine Links Between Video Games, Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The revelation that the man who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday played violent games for up to 16 hours ...

Video Games Are Not to Blame for Mass Shootings

Nicholas Parco | Posted 09.19.2013 | Technology
Nicholas Parco

Rewarding players does not automatically mean the player will then do said behavior in real life.

Surprising Upside Shown For Violent Video Games

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Science

Do violent video games trigger real-world violence? It's easy to believe that they might, especially in the wake of recent tragedies like the fatal sh...

What All Good Video Games Have In Common

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 09.20.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Most games and movies today focus more on action sequences and explosions over an actual story. A perfect example is the "Call of Duty" series.

Circling the Drain WIth Citizen Kane

Tadhg Kelly | Posted 09.16.2013 | Technology
Tadhg Kelly

Amusingly, the phrase "Citizen Kane of Video Games" has inspired a Tumblr blog. It draws quotes from articles hither and thither around the web about whether Game X might be the one, or whether the debate is irrelevant. Can games ever reach this lofty goal?

The Last of Us on (Un)dead Society and Zombie Religion

Greg Perreault | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology
Greg Perreault

As we watch dramatic governmental upheavals taking place across the globe in the past weeks, it's not hard to identify with the fears of a society falling apart. Games like The Last of Us leave us with a question: when the dust settles what happens to those remain?

10 Most Violent Video Games (and 10+ Alternatives)

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

No parent wants to say "no" all the time. So, we've rounded up 10 of the most violent video games out there -- explaining the details that put each one on our list -- as well as more than 10 that you can say "yes" to

Game Over: Tell the Gun Lobby to Stop Selling Guns to Our Kids Through Video Games

Shannon Watts | Posted 08.12.2013 | Crime
Shannon Watts

The video game industry has long defended first-person shooter games, arguing that they are just make-believe and that there is no connection to real-world violence. But when money is changing hands with gun makers to promote and sell these weapons, the game is no longer make-believe.

Sam Stein

Gun Control Groups Target Video-Game Manufacturers In New Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Unable to move gun reform legislation through Congress, advocates are turning to video-game makers in a new campaign to persuade them to...

Love in the Time of Black Ops

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

We live in Newtown, CT. After the December 14th shootings, I noticed my kids were playing more sports-oriented games than the violent ones. They remarked that while they still liked some of the violent games, they have felt less like playing them since the shootings.

Children and Families Need to Be the Number One Priority in Our Society

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?