Sunday, May 28, 2006

Video Game News, May 25-28

Sorry for being so spotty with the news - playing Second Life!

Study: Video Games Can Help Cut Surgical Errors
Reuters 5/24/06
"Surgeons who warmed up by playing video games like "Super Monkey Ball" for 20 minutes immediately prior to performing surgical drills were faster and made fewer errors than those who did not..."

Anti-Hispanic Video Games Spread on Internet: 'Shoot To Kill' Games A Recruitment Tool For Extremists
Infozine, 5/25/06
"America's immigration debate has led to the spread of video games on the Internet where Hispanics are caricaturized, stereotyped, shown as objects for derision and hate ... even used for target practice."

Video Games Get So Real They Almost Talk Back
by Dean Takahashi, Knight Ridder Newspaper 5/28/06
"While some game designers, particularly those at Nintendo, are perfectly happy with cartoonish or stylized art, others have pursued the goal of completely simulating real life in video games."

Video Games and Movies Are Busy Cross-Pollinating
by Eric Gwinn, Chicago Tribune 5/26/06
"Last weekend's box-office champ, The DaVinci Code, is already on TV--in the form of a video game."

Blog: Why No Indie Games?
by JJ Sutherland, NPR/Mixed Signal 5/26/06
"With Final Fantasy XIII coming out, do you wonder why original video games don't seem to come along as often as they used to?"

Study: Kids Get Slight Work-Out Playing Video Games

by Michael Park, Fox News 5/7/06
"In fact, according to the report, playing video games provides a slight physical workout and is not nearly as sedentary a non-activity as watching television."

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