Monday, March 13, 2006

Video Game News, March 13, 2006

Better Journalism Through Video Games? Instead of slaying monsters, players must tackle sources
AP, 3/9/06
"To teach fact-finding skills, professors at the University of Minnesota have turned the fantasy computer game "Neverwinter Nights" into a tool for journalism students. Instead of slaying monsters and gathering gold, the players tackle sources and gather information."

On Guard Online: Popular video games draw kids online for fun, but may expose them to risks
by Christine Rook, Lansing State Journal 3/12/06
"Some players keep it clean. Some don't. And all you have to do is link an Xbox or PlayStation 2 to the Web, and you're in... "The computer is a gun," said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Rich Cruz. "If it's not used properly, if they are not taught how to use it correctly, they can get hurt.""

Gamer Parents Seek Video Games They Can Play With Their Children

By Lini S. Kadaba, Knight Ridder Newspapers 3/12/06
"She’s a woman who’s got game. And she’s Rosemary’s 38-year-old mother. A generation of children who have played video games, like, forever, has come of age — as gamer parents."

SXSW Panel Discusses Video Games in Austin
AP 3/12/06
"A group of computer programmers, publishers and others hope Austin can one day be a big player in the ten (b) billion dollar a year video game business, too."

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