Do violent video games boost brainpower? One study says yes. “After playing Medal of Honor, participants in the U. of T. study tended to be more focused, directing their attention to what was important, says researcher Jing Feng.” Via Parentcentral.ca
Thanks to the Hipster Mom for tipping us off to this apparent phenomenon — pregnant women and guns. Yeah. Maybe because we live in a hippie socialist paradise, but this just seems so, so, so strange. We loved the crap out of the Awkward Pregnancy Photos with guns on Pregnant Chicken, but they were funny because we thought they seemed bizarre. So this is a thing now? Read more...
Joshua Ostroff is the music editor for AOL’s Spinner.ca and the videogame critic for Exclaim magazine. He’s also an old friend and the father of 13-month-old Emile. As the owner of all three major consoles and a big advocate for interactive culture, Joshua was certain to challenge my wariness about games and kids, as I tried to decide whether it was time to get my family a Wii.
SHULGAN: Joshua, have you thought about whether you’re going to let Emile play videogames, when he’s a little older?
OSTROFF: He’s already playing videogames. Or at least he plays with the iPad.
Any in particular?
Sure, he likes anything that lets him affect the look of the screen or creates a musical response. There’s a virtual piano app that fascinates him to no end, and he likes making fireworks explode with his fingers and scattering the fish in a virtual koi pond. Read more...
My parents have the Nintendo Wii. My house does not. Nor do I have an Xbox 360 or a PS3. This slide into a videogame-less existence did not happen intentionally. Up until the last console generation I was a fairly faithful gamer; not diehard, but I made it a point to buy the latest PS-whatever, and every so often I would become so immersed in a game that it would take over my life. If you’ve played videogames, you know the drill. And then, when it came time to upgrade to a Wii/Xbox360/PS3, I basically forgot. We had kids. Life was crazy.