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  • Blog Post: APA Responds To Aggression Study Criticisms From More Than 200 Psychology Academics

    Last week, the American Psychological Association published a report affirming that video games are linked to aggression . Following that, we also reported that in 2013, more than 200 psychology academics wrote an open letter to the APA expressing concern about the aggression task force, its methodology... More
  • Blog Post: EEDAR Study Shows Younger Males Spend More On Mobile Gaming

    A study recently published by Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) shows some surprising results in regard to mobile games, and who spends the most money on them. The study refers to whales, which are the the big spenders when it comes to mobile games; the people who move beyond the free... More
  • Blog Post: Some Games Seem To Improve Dyslexic Children's Reading

    You know how science works: some studies say that video games are bad and some studies say that playing games "drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia." Who can you trust? The University of Padua published a paper on Thursday entitled, "Action Video Games Make... More
  • Blog Post: Obama Asks Congress To Fund Study On Game Violence

    During a press conference this morning, President Obama called for the legislature to fund a study on the effects of violent video games and other media. In the conference, which also announced 23 executive orders on gun control, Obama mentioned the proposed study. Later, the wire service Reuters received... More
  • Blog Post: Do You Play Games Before Bed?

    Scientists say that playing games before bed can be bad for your sleep habits. What are your pre-bedtime rituals? According to Gamepolitics , a new study by the Sleep Laboratory at Flinders University found that "long periods of game playing before bed time caused significant sleep disruptions in... More
  • Blog Post: Nearly A Third of Gamers Think 3D Makes Gameplay Worse

    According to a recently release survey, companies like Sony and Nintendo that are pushing 3D gaming have an uphill road to climb. The survey, which spoke with over 1,600 adult gamers, was conducted by research firm Interpret LLC. The company's vice president of strategy and analysis Dan Casey revealed... More
  • Blog Post: Study Says Video Games Increase Aggression But Reduce Crime Rates

    Adding a new wrinkle to the debate of video games and their effect on violence, a recently published study says that video games actually help reduce crime rates by keeping criminals busy playing games instead of committing crimes. The research was conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research... More
  • Blog Post: Study: Violent Video Games Linked To Decreasing Crime Rates

    A recent study indicates that video games may be keeping young Americans from committing crime, even when those games are particularly violent. Several laboratory studies and analyses have focused on the possible ways in which exposure to violent video games can increase aggressive impulse in young people... More
  • Blog Post: What Can We Learn From Monkeys Playing Video Games?

    Japanese researchers have studied how monkeys play video games in hopes of learning something about human self-awareness. Yeah, for real. The researchers, Takaaki Kaneko and Masaki Tomonaga, used a test designed for schizophrenic patients in order to determine whether or not chimpanzees are aware of... More
  • Blog Post: Game Industry Gets High Marks For Age Enforcement Of M-Rated Games

    Though the game industry has frequently come under criticism by watchdog groups and politicians, a Federal Trade Commission study released today praised the industry's efforts of enforcing restrictions on ESRB M-rated games at retail outlets. The study was conducted by using "secret shoppers"... More
  • Blog Post: Researcher Finds Health Benefits To World Of Warcraft Play

    Colorado State University associate professor of anthropology Jeffrey Snodgrass recently published two studies that show mental health benefits to certain types of immersive video game playing. Snodgrass used World of Warcraft as a test bed to study the role of gaming as a stress reliever. The first... More
  • Blog Post: Study Says Exergaming Is Good For Kids

    Exergaming has become a hot buzzword in the industry, as evidenced by the success of motion control systems like Wii, PlayStation Move, and Kinect and strong sales of games like Wii Fit and Zumba Fitness. Now, a new study suggest that children who play active, motion control games can see positive health... More
  • Blog Post: Gamers Are Crappy Drivers, Says Study

    Apparently us gamers aren't just prone to murder and rape , we're also crappy drivers. A study by Continental Tyres polled 2,000 drivers (ranging in age from 17 to 39) about their driving habits, and found that the gamers claimed to be better drivers than non-gamers. However, twice as many gamers... More
  • Blog Post: PopCap Study Finds The Depressed Like PopCap Games

    PopCap Games and East Carolina University have teamed up for a study that found that the effects of depression can be mitigated by playing PopCap casual games. The study was comprised of almost 60 clinically depressed patients playing Bejewled 2, Peggle, and Bookworm Adventures, and 57% of the experimental... More
  • Blog Post: Does Gaming Together Improve Parent/Daughter Relationships?

    If there's one thing that we hate, it's those bad studies that say gaming can have negative effects on people! That's silly. Gaming doesn't affect our behavior. Unless, those effects are positive ones, in which case the studies are totally awesome and accurate. For example, a new study... More
  • Blog Post: ESA-Decried Video Game Study Released

    Last week , the video game trade group the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) preemptively criticized Dr. Douglas Gentile's study about video game addiction in Pediatrics magazine. It's now out, and Dr. Gentile (associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University – Ames) finds... More
  • Blog Post: ESA Warns Of Flawed Video Game Study

    The Entertainment Software Association is preemptively warning the public about what it considers is a flawed study regarding video game violence published in the February issue of Pediatrics magazine. The study, by Douglas Gentile, attempts to link video games to mental health problems of children in... More
  • Blog Post: 3DS Not Harmful To Kids In Moderation, Say Doctors

    The American Optometric Association has released a statement proclaiming Nintendo's upcoming handheld to not be an area of concern for worried parents. The AOA, an industry group for optometrists, said in the statement that "3D in movies, TV and even 3D on Nintendo's 3DS isn't necessarily... More
  • Blog Post: Study Suggests Tetris May Help PTSD Victims

    Tetris isn't just the most addictive game on the planet; according to one study, it may help victims of traumatic events stave off recurring flashbacks. As reported by CNN , a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that playing Tetris shortly after a traumatic experience may prevent... More
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Less Than 10 Percent Of Gamers Plan To Purchase Natal, Move

    Considering all the buzz generating about the PlayStation Move and 360's Natal, a recent study shows that the purchase intent among consumers is less than 10 percent for the new motion control devices. OTX's GamePlan Insights tracking study polled 2,000 gamers between May 23 and June 5, 2010... More
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