Do You Think Videogames are Toys?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute The way things are labelled inevitably affects how they are perceived. If you think of videogames as “toys”, it paints a radically different picture than if you think of them as a medium for communication and expression. One way trivializes … Continue reading

FUN Should NOT be an ‘F’-Word

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes … but, sadly, it appears it still is. Playing with Reality at the Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education. The opening keynote by Nathan Verrill, co-founder of Natron Baxter, set the tone for … Continue reading

Violent games not to blame for youth aggression

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Finally! A study that looks for the keys where they were lost rather than under the streetlight. Violent games not to blame for youth aggression. Ferguson found that depressive symptoms were a strong predictor for youth aggression and rule breaking, … Continue reading

What, EXACTLY is the problem with getting to play the bad guy in Medal of Honor?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Video Games – In Medal of Honor, Role Playing Includes Taliban – NYTimes.com. Real live soldiers are dying for the cause of freedom (not to mention piles of innocent bystanders), yet having the freedom to play what you want and … Continue reading

And Still There’s Trouble in River City… sort of.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s the same old same old – human cry from those that have because they fear they might have to share. A Well-written article worth the time to read. 100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words For … Continue reading

More Trouble in River City

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s a well-written explanation for why most of the media-effects studies really don’t tell us anything: WHY VIDEO GAME RESEARCH IS FLAWED By CHRIS LAVIGNE Studies that spread the idea that video games are harmful to children are conducted by … Continue reading

In Class Laptop Use Shown to Lower Test Scores…

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Intellagirl posted a note about this article today and I was curious, so I read it too… She suggested that the article had entirely missed the point, and she is absolutely right! The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 16, 2009 … Continue reading

When will Tech Companies figure out that it’s actually GOOD business to have a DRM that isn’t draconian?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute There’s a big todo about EA’s DRM – and rightly so. It’s  no wonder Spore is being pirated at amazing rates. You know – many people would be willing to pay for it (and NOT try to steal it) if … Continue reading