December 11, 2008 |
If you've resisted the lure of video games because war, sports and car theft don't appeal, beware. There's a completely different genre to hook you in: cooking. That's right, cooking, both real and imagined. More and more titles are centered on food this holiday season, and what was once a genre aimed at little girls making cakes has turned into something else entirely. It has become a broad category that allows gamers to burn quite nicely in the real and virtual worlds. Taking a look at the variety of titles is a bit like exploring the cereal aisle at the grocery store.
February 3, 2012 |
We've heard it for years - a violent culture begets violence. Conventional wisdom says, if you want to understand the not-so-subliminal reasons for incivility, you don't have to look any further than the movies, the music, and the video games - the elements of pop culture we so readily identify with and glorify. Those blasted video games are the worst. Violent video games, more than violent television shows or movies, can increase aggressive thoughts and behaviors because they're interactive.
November 11, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sponsored the passing of a ban on the sale of violent video games to minors in the state of California. This issue was brought to the Supreme Court, where the justices will decide whether it's constitutional to ban the sale of a creative medium of any kind ("Justices express strong views of ban on violent video games," Nov. 3). The answer is no. If California bans the sale of games and it is deemed constitutional, then any incentive that developers have to make these games is lost.
June 19, 1997 |
Before there was Pong, there was Computer Space. Afterward came Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. And the rest, as they say, is history. Videotopia, a new exhibit that explores the history of - you guessed it - video games opens tomorrow at the Franklin Institute. The display chronicles the industry from the development of the first commercial arcade game just over 25 years ago to the latest racing simulators. Located on the second floor of the museum's Mandell Center, Videotopia not only covers the past and technological advances of electronic gaming but boasts more than 70 games - many of them vintage machines - for hands-on play.
December 26, 2002 |
The millions of video games sold in the United States this holiday season come with sometimes-overlooked warnings that they can trigger seizures in some players, especially children, who have a rare condition known as photosensitive epilepsy. For these people - perhaps 1 in 4,000 - a video game's bright flashes and dramatic patterns sometimes can set off an electrical storm of brain signals. That may cause involuntary body movements, involuntary oral or visual responses, and blackouts, said Dr. Edward Novotny, director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
September 26, 2011 |
Steven, who just celebrated his 13th birthday, loves writing rap songs and playing video games. Last summer he attended a camp where he had the opportunity to design his own video game and he is very proud of his accomplishment. Steven also has many other interests, including playing on his computer and eating. Currently he is enrolled in an acting class where he can channel some of his flair for drama. Steven is doing well in a school where he benefits from special education services.
August 13, 2014 |
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 area teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia. Running For Office stars Mayor Nutter, in a business suit, running through the city's streets jumping over attacking black cats while trying to avoid a green dinosaur right on his heels. The game was one of two created with the help of PHL Collective, a local independent game company, in an unusual summer partnership.
April 10, 1992 |
NICK ARCADE Nickelodeon / Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Dear Nick: So what's up with this new game show? You know - the one where kids play video games for half an hour? Oh, the special effects are cool, and there are good visuals - especially the game board that looks like a giant video game, on which a little character named Mikey moves around. And the final round, where the kid contestants run through a "living" video game, is pretty neat. True, contestants do have to answer questions on subjects from mosquitoes to movies.
June 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people's First Amendment rights and leaving it to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what children can buy. The high court threw out California's 2005 law covering games sold or rented to those under 18, calling it an unconstitutional violation of...
May 7, 1989 |
Warning: This story contains scenes depicting graphic, explicit and gratuitous violence. Reader discretion is advised. It is about video games. Remember when video arcade games were hot? That was in the late '70s, right after Pong - which was the very first video game: a black-and-white screen, of all things, with two "paddles" and a "ball" that bounced back and forth, back and forth, back and forth - and then came Asteroids and Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and, of course, Pac-Man.