Do Violent Video Games Lead to Violent Acts?


While researching for a separate post (still in the works), I came across a rather interesting article from Charisma News titled 14 Mass Murders Linked to Violent Video Games.  Being a blogger myself, I can understand the appeal of writing a headline that shocks readers into wanting to read the article, so I assumed that this was just one of those … Read more

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Careers Playing Video Games Are Real and Pay Well


Believe it or not, this week marks 30 years since the release of the original Super Mario Bros. on NES. To celebrate the occasion, it seemed appropriate to take a step back and really appreciate how much the video game industry has grown since then. One of the best ways to illustrate that growth is to take a … Read more

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Oculus Rift Now Allows Everyone to Train Like a Jedi


A new video game for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset allows players to recreate the famous lightsaber training techniques shown in the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars fans can now hone-in their lightsaber skills using the Oculus Rift headset and a special handheld companion device. After strapping on the headset, players will see a virtual room and … Read more

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Oculus Rift’s Potential Showcased by Surgery Demo


The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is being used in combination with cameras attached to surgeons in order to show medical students what surgery looks like from a firsthand perspective. A team of french surgeons has tapped the Oculus Rift to help teach med students about surgery. The idea is novel and the results are quite … Read more

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Mind-Control Video Game Breaks New Ground


A successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 has led to a video game where players can move in-game objects with nothing but thoughts. “Excuse me, would you like to throw trucks with your mind?” This is how Lat Ware, the developer of “Throw Trucks With Your Mind” strikes up conversations with individuals as they pass by during … Read more

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Google Stops Calling Games with In-App Purchases “Free”


On Friday, Google announced that it would no longer be categorizing games that have in-app purchases as “free” in the Google Play store. The decision stems from concerns recently expressed by the European Commission about how mobile apps are regulated. For now at least, the decision only seems to affect the EU, but eventually, it … Read more

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Minecraft’s Influence Continues To Grow


The 2009 blockbuster video game has continued to rise in popularity and is showing little sign of letting up on its historic run to become the best-selling game of all-time. According to Patrick Geudar — an employee of Mojang — Minecraft sales had nearly topped 54 million as of the last week of June. For perspective, estimates put sales of the … Read more

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