Men and women of all ages love video games, but the bond between a kid and his or her video game is special. Not only are video games fun and exciting–and even beneficial for a child’s mental and physical development, in some situations–but they can serve as a child’s introduction to storytelling that’s a bit more complex than “See Spot Run.” Which, in turn, lands video games in a love-hate relationship with parents....read more
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What, by definition, is a “video game?” Earth’s greatest scholars agree that it has something to do with sitting in front of the television and rescuing princesses, usually by way of manipulating a controller that is attached to a game box, which, in turn, is attached to a television. While that description of a video game isn’t necessarily incorrect, it’s about ten years out of date. Console and PC gaming is still very relevant, but...read more
At first glance, it seems silly to run to the defense of video games when the pastime comes under fire from critics, concerned parents, or politicians. After all, video games are a thriving multi-billion dollar business; what need does it have for its comparatively gnat-sized champions? In these instances, however, the popularity of gaming is irrelevant: if half-truths and misconceptions are lobbed at games, they should be debunked. If anything, the widespread...read more
Last year, an observant little girl named Riley asked a question to millions of YouTube viewers: why is toy marketing gender-segregated? Specifically, why is it that boys are “expected” to buy superheroes in an assortment of colors, while girls are “expected” to buy dolls packaged in pink? Riley’s YouTube rant has since sparked a great deal of conversation across newspapers and blogs regarding the methods that toy manufacturers use to...read more
When something goes wrong with today’s youth, the media is quick to loose the dogs on video games. The attacks generally portray video games as noisy, violent time-wasters that are the equivalent of a potato chip feast for the brain. Truthfully, playing games can be very beneficial for children. When combined with exercise, sensible time limits, and adhesion to the ESRB’s content ratings, video games are a relatively inexpensive and fun pastime that can...read more