By Raymond Zhong The New York Times Sun., Sept. 2, 2018 BEIJING—It started this week with a call to action from China’s leader, Xi Jinping. Too many of the country’s children need glasses, he said, and the government was going to do something about it. It ended Friday with billions of dollars being wiped from the market value of the world’s largest video game company. New controls on online games were among Chinese authorities’ recommendations for reducing adolescent nearsightedness on Thursday, sending shares in the country’s leading game publisher, Tencent, tumbling the next day. Shares of Japanese game makers like Capcom, Konami and Bandai Namco also fell Friday, a sign of the size and importance of the Chinese market. The sell-off is the latest in a series of government-related stumbles for Tencent, one of the world’s largest technology companies. Chinese state media has blamed video games for causing young people to … [Read more...] about Beijing blames video games for kids needing glasses
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By Sarah DeWeerdt, SpectrumJun. 22, 2018 , 8:00 AM Originally published on Spectrum The Research on Autism and Development (RAD) Laboratory is located in a Tetris-like maze of brown wooden buildings, not far from the main campus of the University of California, San Diego. The lab itself is a nondescript warren of small beige rooms. But everything else about it is extraordinary. The first clue is a T-shirt one of the lab’s young interns wears on this sunny day in April, featuring the RAD Lab’s motto: “We play mind games.” One of the newer recruits, 20-year-old Naseem Baramki-Azar, sports a “Super Mario Bros.” shirt. A half-dozen other lab members huddle around computer screens displaying none of the usual fare of charts or spreadsheets: Instead, they’re hard at work making cartoon moles pop out of molehills, or fat spaceships careen toward the top of a computer screen. The lab’s director, Jeanne Townsend, and associate … [Read more...] about Can science-based video games help kids with autism?
source Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment E-sports – which is to say, competitive, professional online video gaming – have exploded in popularity in recent years. In fact, experts have predicted that e-sports viewership is likely to surpass that of traditional sports leagues, including the NBA and MLB, by 2020. Indeed, esports revenue is likely to climb to more than $900 million this year as television channels like ESPN continue to incorporate e-sports into their daily lineups, and streaming services like Amazon’s Twitch become more mainstream. In a world where competitive video games have the potential to be as lucrative an industry as professional sports, the title “pro gamer” has evolved massively since the ’90s, where a relatively small group of die-hard gamers played in relatively unnoticed tournaments for community notoriety and occasional prize money. In the modern world of e-sports, pro gamers are salaried … [Read more...] about Full benefits, 6-figure salaries, 401Ks and nutritionists — 2 professionals reveal what it’s really like to be paid to play video games for a living
A tweet sent out this past weekend by Apple introduced a new section of the App Store designed for children. "New Games for Kids" adds to a kids section previously introduced in 2013. The new feature breaks down games by appropriate age group. The categories are "Ages 5 & Under", "Ages 6-8", and "Ages 9-11."To prevent confusion, free games have a button marked "Get" and those offering in-app purchases have a warning underneath. Paid apps list the price. The first app you'll see in the new section, is a free eBook aptly titled "Family Time With Apps," which is supposed to help parents find the best apps for their kids. The apps for those 5 and under include the Sesame Street Video Maker for $2.99, Lego Duplo Ice Cream, which is free, and Thomas and Friends: Lift & Haul which is a collection of six games for $1.99. The age 6 to 8 apps include a pair of free games, Camp Pokemon and Olaf's Adventures. For those age 9 to 11, there is the Inventioneers priced at $4.99, and Disney's … [Read more...] about “New Games for Kids” helps your little ones find an age appropriate game to play in the App Store
On Wednesday, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Florida, a scenario that has become all too familiar to anyone who reads the American news. Now that the obligatory genuflection at the altar of thoughts and prayers has been completed, pundits and politicians around the country have moved on to the next step in the uniquely American ritual of gun violence: casting about for scapegoats that can bear the terrible weight of blame for these crimes — particularly those that have nothing to do with guns. Mental illness has become a convenient talking point, despite the fact that mentally ill people are responsible for only a tiny fraction of gun violence — and are far more likely to experience violence than to commit it. And now Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has reached down into the political grab bag of scapegoats to pin the blame on another familiar boogeyman: video games. In an interview on the Leland Conway show, Bevin says that “guns are not … [Read more...] about Kentucky governor blames video games for school shootings