Nintendo has released some pretty awesome games over the last 125 years (yes, it’s really that old). In the 1980’s, after the fall of Atari, the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was largely…
A couple of weeks ago Marshall Lemon published a piece on the Escapist about the intersection between journalism and violent video games. Lemon reported on a piece by Greg Perreault, PhD candidate in Journalism; Perreault thinks criticism of violence in video games has diminished in the past two decades. Read More
There’s no question that games are everywhere now. We’ve got game commercials during prime-time TV, about half the people glued to their mobile phones during the morning commute are playing games, and Angry Birds have even invaded our beloved Star Wars. It goes without saying that teens play games. In fact, a 2009 PEW study found that 97% of teens play video games. Amazingly, the same study indicates that 53% of adults of all ages also play games. These adults might be spending more time on Candy Crush than Call of Duty, but they’re still gaming. Read More
We’ve idolized heroes and warriors for centuries—people love imagining themselves in the role of protector. In books, plays, and movies—and yes, in video games—we stretch social mores to allow for the protection of innocents. Many of us only become true protectors when we become parents, though. Read More
Are you one of those parents who runs screaming from any room where video games are being played? “They’re so loud!”
Or do you sneer at games? “They’re violent. They’re a waste of time. They’re annoying.”
Or do you titter like a Victorian heroine and wail? “I’ll never, ever understand those video games!” Read More
What is it?
The ESRB is the Entertainment Software Rating Board. It’s what parents turn to when they need to know if a game is okay for their kids—you know that little rating box on the back of the game with “T for Teen?” That comes from the ESRB.