Woo! Finally something to shut up the media complaining about games.

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  1. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    yeah right, like they ever will, but still...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37598267/ns/technology_and_science-games/

     
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  2. Seba

    aa Seba DR. BIG FUCKER, PHD

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    Sigh, I don't like my pre-existing disposition.
     
  3. Tapp

    Tapp L10: Glamorous Member

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    In my opinion an open ended simulator (like garry's mod) or some kind of design-based game (like spore, in a way) is more educational to young children than some maths-based game. Even GTA, if you took out the poorly applied violence (so, simpson's hit-and-run) teach children skills like planning and thinking ahead, as well as spacial awareness. The good old week in the woods or lego kit is probably the best kind of game, but the games I mentioned above are the more educational of video games. Even hl2 involves planning and a bit of physics prediction, but that's a far stretch. Open-ended challenges or experiments allow kids to work things out for themselves, instead of outright telling them what grammar and spelling is.</rant>
     
  4. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    Damn video games are polluting our children's minds.
    Damn television is polluting our children's minds.
    Damn rock and roll is polluting our children's minds.
    Damn alcohol is polluting our children's minds.
    Damn blues are polluting our children's minds.
    Damn mozart is polluting our children's minds.
     
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  5. Penguin

    aa Penguin Clinically Diagnosed with Small Mapper's Syndrome

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    Portal teaches children how to think in four dimensions.

    so hah
     
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  6. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    Three. Fourth dimension is the layering of the third dimension, time.
     
  7. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    Games taught me to think in Valve Time.
     
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  8. Numerous

    Numerous L4: Comfortable Member

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    You only just saw that recently?

    Hint.
     
  9. nik

    nik L12: Fabulous Member

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    This has been my argument to all annoying people who tell me video games make kids want to shoot up schools.
     
  10. Numerous

    Numerous L4: Comfortable Member

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    I tell them to listen to what else Fred Niles says.
     
  11. luxatile

    aa luxatile deer

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    It's just too bad most of the media industry is going to completely ignore this study.
     
  12. Tapp

    Tapp L10: Glamorous Member

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    Get Rupert Murdock to try portal (or at least partner with a gaming company) and *bam!* Instant good attention. Also, this ted presentation is basically what I mean by open-ended situations being very educational. Also this, to an extent.
     
  13. Mr.Blob

    Mr.Blob L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    Well, I don't know about you, but TF2 gives me a reason to live. :D
     
  14. Mick-a-nator

    aa Mick-a-nator

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    Oh boy! I'll be quoting this from now on...

    Its like the theory of evolution, there is so much evidence for it that it is impossible to deny it when you know stuff like this.
     
  15. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    Art is not an argument for why it's not causing violence. Even then, people will still debate whether it is or is not an art.
     
  16. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I did my final semester's Dissertation on the impact of video games on society... It was mostly focused on escapism but it's hard to cover video games influence on society without covering even briefly the history of video games supposed relation to violence.

    Early studies were supposed to reveal that interactivity was the key factor for influencing such aggressive behaviour, which supposedly seperated video games from already existing multi million industries that sold violence for profit such as film or sports.

    there was almost unanimous evidence to show that a video game's relation to violence is only as a potential catalyst to those with pre-existing dispositions.

    Regardless of the evidence, it's old/traditionalist people in political office, denying progress and garnering votes off of the more traditionalist citizens that prevent places such as Australia, Turkey and Germany from certifying 18+ material in video games.

    Either way, for Americans, video games are protected under the 1st, 2nd, 14th and even 16th ammendments.
     
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  17. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    Them's fightin' words, don't make me break out Operation Neptune...
     
  18. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    Don't forget (at this point) the 9th and 10th amendments, protection of rights not inherently covered by law.
     
  19. Bermuda Cake

    Bermuda Cake L9: Fashionable Member

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    Man, I love this study... I was playing Call of Duty 6's singleplayer, and I played the ending. My Mum complained that the bit where you throw the knife at General Shepard was horrific, and I quoted this study. Her response was that it was just one study and it doesn't prove anything

    :facepalm:

    One more study than they have...
    We've still got a lot of work to do before all these out of touch, aging news reporters stop blindly just getting angry and creating scandals cos it's good viewing...
    but we're getting there.

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    I mean, just look at some of the communities that have emerged from videogames as well! For example, TF2maps.net, a bunch of very creative, very talented people who took their love of videogames to the next level (heh) and started producing custom content. And Child's Play! rawr.
     
  20. Seba

    aa Seba DR. BIG FUCKER, PHD

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    There was a CoD5, much less 6?