In the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting, the debate on virtual violence and real world aggression was revived. Kerry Shawgo cuts through the divisive rhetoric in order to take a hard look at the current research on the impact of video game violence.
There are better ways to handle Fortnite tantrums than posting them YouTube.
In October 2016, video game developer Respawn Entertainment was gearing up to release its upcoming shooter Titanfall 2. To generate excitement with fans—particularly among PlayStation fans who hadn’t played the first Titanfall (an Xbox exclusive)—a Respawn producer tweeted a picture of a PlayStation 4 copy of the game. One fan, outraged by the perceived betrayal, […]
The World Health Organization (WHO) made waves earlier this year by including an entry for “Gaming Disorder” in their plans for the 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The fault line for the current debate does not seem to concern whether excessive gaming/screen time is a problem in our society—undeniably, it is. The question is […]
Playing Fortnite with your kids is better than playing by yourself.
Twice a month on Mondays, we have a few friends over for dinner and board games: my husband and I, and four people we like, sitting at a table together. This particular week, we were playing Scythe. Scythe is not a game you sit down to lightly. It has a forty-page rulebook and takes up […]
When a mother's cry for help over her son's Fortnite obsession went viral, we wrote a letter of encouragement to help her and other parents navigate our brave new world of emotes and microtransations.
Earlier this month, rude gamers got a rude awakening when players of the online shooter Rainbow Six: Siege began receiving bans for typing derogatory slurs into the game’s chat. Defying widespread stereotypes about the apathy of gamers, banned players and allies of their ignoble cause leapt into action, passionately assailing the Twitter account of Ubisoft, […]
Can video games be encountered as beautiful, unsettling, troubling, joyful, sad or maybe even worshipful?
If we are honest, video games can be a source of conflict in many families. Andy Robertson shares four simple steps to get from gaming stress to interactive edification.