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Are You Wrong About Video Game Violence?

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.

Stop Shaming Fortnite Kids

There are better ways to handle Fortnite tantrums than posting them YouTube.

Don’t Feed the Trolls: 4 Ways to Survive the Toxic Console Wars

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, […]

Is Gaming Disorder a Real Thing?

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 […]

Daddy Daughter Fortnite

Playing Fortnite with your kids is better than playing by yourself.

We Are All Equals at the Gaming Table (and That Makes Me Mad)

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 […]

Dear Fortnite Mom

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.

Toxicity Bans Are Not Censorship

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, […]

Don’t Do Video Games in Church, Do Church in Video Games

Can video games be encountered as beautiful, unsettling, troubling, joyful, sad or maybe even worshipful?

4 Keys to Winning the Video Game Battle With Your Kids

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.