Friday, July 28, 2006

Video Game News, Week of July 28

The Escapist Issue #55: Against the Gods

PluggedIn: Gamers Bend Gender for a Winning Edge
by Lisa Baertlein, Reuters India 7/28/06
"In an poll taken last summer, nearly two-thirds of the 920 respondents said they play characters of the opposite sex in online role-playing games."

Video Games Help Give Brains A Workout: Part Three Of The 'Exercising Your Brain' Series
WISC-TV 7/26/06
"In part three of WISC-TV's "Exercising Your Brain" series, we take a look at how technology can help keep minds sharp."

eMediaWire 7/26/06
"Gamershare, the premier peer-to-peer (P2P) service whereby members can legally trade and swap video games in the most cost effective way with no limits or subscription fees, announced today the beta release of their website."

STUDY: VIDEO GAMES ARE RACIST: Negative images of minority groups are ‘blatant,’ says researcher.
EURWeb 7/26/06
"University of British Columbia researcher Robert Parungao, who graduated this spring with a B.A. in Sociology, completed an eight-month analysis for his thesis and found that negative portrayals of minority groups are "blatant” in most of the popular games."

Violent Video Games Numb Players to Real Violence
by Nate Anderson, Ars Technica 7/26/2006
"Whether we see this desensitization as a bad thing is a political question."

Reading, writing and video games: Students will build on gaming skills at new Dayton high school, say administrators.
by Scott Elliott, Daytona Daily News 7/24/06
"Capitalizing on youthful passion for video games, school leaders hope to keep more kids in school by offering the chance to conceive, design, build — and sell — their own video game."

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