Latest Video game controversy Stories

Do Violent Video Games Really Train Deadly Shooters
2012-05-24 09:31:43

Enid Burns for RedOrbit.com A new study suggests that playing violent video games that reward "head shots" makes gamers more likely to choose the head as a target with a real gun. Faculty of the Ohio State University School of Communication and VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, conducted the study. "Boom, Headshot: Effect of Video Game Play and Controller Type on Firing Aim and Accuracy" is the study published by Sage Journals. Lead authors include Jodi L. Whitaker of VU...

2012-04-30 15:33:03

Just 20 minutes of playing a violent shooting video game made players more accurate when firing a realistic gun at a mannequin - and more likely to aim for and hit the head, a new study found. Players who used a pistol-shaped controller in a shooting video game with human targets had 99 percent more completed head shots to the mannequin than did participants who played other video games, as well as 33 percent more shots that hit other parts of the body. In addition, the study found that...

Congressmen Wants Warning Labels On Video Games Rated "E" And Up
2012-03-21 12:57:28

Congressmen are trying to get a bill approved that would see that video games with an "E" rating and above are equipped with a health warning label. Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a bill on Monday that would force game publishers to print warning labels on their products to warn parents of possible aggressive behavior. If approved, game labels would have to read: "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior." The...

2011-12-02 12:49:20

Sustained changes in the region of the brain associated with cognitive function and emotional control were found in young adult men after one week of playing violent video games, according to study results presented by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. This is the first time the IU researchers, who have studied the effects of media violence for more than a decade, have conducted an experimental study that...

Violent Video Game Alters Cognitive Function In Brain
2011-12-01 05:56:52

According to a new study, violent video game play in young adult men may alter cognitive function and emotional control after a week of game play. The study asked 22 healthy adult males ages 18 to 29 who had low past exposure to violent video games to take part in the research. The researchers assigned two groups of 11 men.  Members of the first group were instructed to play a shooting game for 10 hours at home for a week and refrain from playing the following week.  The...

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2011-08-29 11:52:55

  According to new research, competitiveness in video games may be a characteristic that influences aggression on users who play them. Researchers found after analyzing a series of experiments in which video games were matched on competitiveness, difficulty, and pace of action that video game violence was not the only thing that attributed to aggressive behavior. According to the research, more competitive games produced greater levels of aggressive behavior than less...

2011-06-29 18:36:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to overturn a California law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors, there is growing sentiment among parents and legislators that something needs to be done to protect children from exposure to these disturbing images and experiences. Attorney Dylan Reeves of the law firm of Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, was published in the Alabama Law Review on this issue and...

2011-06-27 14:40:00

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the government cannot ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors as this would violate free-speech rights. The high court struck down a California law by a 7-2 vote, which also imposed strict video game labeling requirements.  It said video games deserve free-speech protection like books, plays and movies. The video game industry said the ruling was a "historic and complete win" for free-speech rights and "the creative freedom of...

2011-06-27 11:33:00

Landmark Ruling Hailed as a Win for First Amendment and Artists WASHINGTON, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling that underscored constitutional protections for video games, developers, and video game industry artists. At issue was a 2005 California statute restricting the sale and rental of computer and video games. The ESA, the lead party in the case Brown v. Entertainment Merchants...

2011-05-25 22:07:26

Scientists have known for years that playing violent video games causes players to become more aggressive.  The findings of a new University of Missouri (MU) study provide one explanation for why this occurs: the brains of violent video game players become less responsive to violence, and this diminished brain response predicts an increase in aggression. "Many researchers have believed that becoming desensitized to violence leads to increased human aggression. Until our study, however,...

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