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  • Gaming Junkie Kills Mother For Not Paying Internet Bills
    By on February 7, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Lonut Silviu Savin, a Romanian Counter-Strike gamer, was devastated when his mother attempted to stop his addiction to the game by simply not paying the internet bill. The adoptive mother paid alright; with her life.


  • Gaming Banned by Militia in Impoverished Somalia
    By on February 3, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    A few days ago the Hezb al-Islam militia in Somalia banned the playing of video games, citing that: “…they destroy our social traditions.” The insurgent group is in a fight for power with the government and is arguably winning…


  • Research: Gaming helps military personnel to better focus
    By on January 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    We have discovered that video game players perform 10 to 20 percent higher in terms of perceptual and cognitive ability than normal people that are non-game players. …We know that video games can increase perceptual abilities and short-term memory. They allow the player to focus longer and expand the player’s field of vision compared to people…


  • Gaming, Hollywood Style: Fake Videogames From Movies and TV
    By on January 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    As videogames become more ingrained in our culture, they pop up more often films, literature, and television. Nowadays, most big-budget Hollywood projects write name-brand games into their scripts when called for.


  • Video Report Card Ripped Up, Anti-Gaming Group Closes Doors
    By on November 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    The National Institute on Media and the Family, the anti-gaming organization behind the MediaWatch Video Game Report Card, has closed its doors.


  • New York State Testing Emergency Alerts Over Gaming Networks
    By on November 19, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Gamers are used to confronting invading terrorists, nuclear attacks, and natural calamities—in virtual form. But those living in New York State could soon receive warnings about real emergencies through their favorite video console. State authorities are testing a plan that would see the Emergency Management Office issue alerts over online gaming networks in addition to regular channels.”

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  • Worth the money? The gaming collector’s edition trend
    By on November 18, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Collector’s editions seem to be growing, in terms of both size and popularity, but is anyone actually buying these expensive and extravagant sets? Ars talks with David Riley from the NPD Group to see, and looks at the value of some of the upcoming collector’s editions.


  • Biggest Gaming Disappointments of 2009
    By on November 12, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    For every high point in gaming (the long-awaited release of Modern Warfare 2), there’s a depressing low, whether it’s a game not living up to the hype, a delay or some other nonsense. With that, join us as we look back at 2009, the year of suck. Grab yourself a hankie.


  • The 10 Best-to-Worst Gaming Conventions of 2009
    By on October 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    We came. We saw. We ate terrible meals at 34,000 feet.


  • An Objection to Originality in Gaming
    By on October 24, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Every few months, I hear the same desperate cry: “We want more new!” It is a seemingly endless stream of complaints emanating from the same frustrated mouths. Games need to be more diverse.