Posts Tagged "Journalism"

Fox Puts Video Games on Trial

Fox Puts Video Games on Trial

Fox News exercised its subtle vocabulary on February 8 by asking the question: “Is Bulletstorm the Worst Video Game in the World?” The body of the story describes how players are “rewarded” for the violent acts they commit in the first-person shooter, which is due out on February 22 and is being published by EA. Fox even brought in an author and a psychiatrist, Carole Lieberman, who condemned Bulletstorm for glorifying sexually violent acts...

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Why Guitar Hero Died: Industry Weighs In

Why Guitar Hero Died: Industry Weighs In

Guitar Hero is dead, and it didn’t leave behind a beautiful corpse. On February 9, Activision announced the end of the once-lucrative franchise after two years of “steeply declining sales.” “We’ve made the decision to close our Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on our previously playing Guitar Hero title for 2011,” said Activision Publishing’s CEO, Eric Hirshberg, during a Q4 2010 earnings call....

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Eyesight, Lies, and the Nintendo 3DS

Eyesight, Lies, and the Nintendo 3DS

Supposedly, any press is good press. That’s debatable, especially as far as video gaming and health are concerned. Video games already get blamed for turning today’s kids into obese, easily-distracted lumps of dough, so Nintendo probably isn’t seeing the sunny side of the media reports about how the Nintendo 3DS can potentially damage kids’ eyesight. In the afterglow produced by the Nintendo 3DS’s huge success at E3 2010, Nintendo of...

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Video Games: Misusing the Word ‘Addiction’

Video Games: Misusing the Word ‘Addiction’

Discussions on the existence (or non-existence) of game addiction always cause a stir. The media does have a tendency to use the term “addiction” before giving its definition a good read-over in their Oxfords. As once pointed out by industry veteran Ernest W. Adams, addictions usually pertain to vices with notable, often severe withdrawal symptoms: Heroin addiction, for instance, or alcoholism. Games, says Adams, can be psychologically compelling, but...

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What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

What’s With All the Nintendo Hate Lately?

Christmas is a time for cheer and goodwill, but somebody forgot to tell the gaming community. With the season comes gift recommendations and lists, mixed with plenty of scorn and spitting-upon. This year’s whipping boy is Nintendo, which had some trouble with its video game sales in the latter half of 2010. That is to say, Nintendo only sold a bazillion Wii’s and DS’s instead of the usual hojillion. Nevertheless, gamers have pounced on the giant...

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